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Different Types of Loft Conversions and Their Benefits

Residential-Properties

Are you one of the many people considering loft conversions in a bid to increase your living space? If you are looking for information on loft conversions you could not have come to a better place. Reading this article will provide insight into the different types of London loft conversions that are possible. The most important step in the conversion process is to know the kind of loft you have. This information will help you know and decide on what will best suit your home.

You don’t need to let this worry you as the builder you choose will provide guidance on the subject. The 3 distinct categories of loft are dormer, rooflight or velux, mansard and hip to gable. Once you know the type of loft you have, planning a loft conversion to suit will fall into place.

Dormer loft conversions
When there isn’t too much space in the loft, a dormer conversion may be used because it can add head room. This method involves extension onto the roof to provide the room with a more conventional shape that will suit the room. The house extensions Sydney will be constructed at the rear of the roof, which helps to provide floor and living space. Usually a square section, this type of construction will make optimum use of the entire living area. Adding extra depth the roof helps provide the extra space.

Rooflight or velux loft conversions 
When planning to convert your loft into a single bedroom or some other smaller conversion project, velux conversions are used. It involves installing roof lights and this can be done with a minimum of fuss and disruption. You have a wide variety of designs to choose from to match sloping, flat or pitched roofs. You can choose wood or polyurethane frames that have rollers, glazing, shutters or electronic controls.

Mansard
Mansard loft conversions are usually done to the rear and possibly the front of the property, which needs to be terraced or have a flat roof. The Mansard roof named after the French Architect Francois Mansart has 2 slopes and has the advantage of optimizing all of the available space in the loft. This type of loft conversion usually requires planning permission. A mansard is built by raising the gable wall on either side of the property to create the profile for a mansard and then the timber frame is built.

Hip to gable
This type of loft conversion requires the replacement of an existing roof hip with a gable end wall. Not a very easy proposition by any means and one that can be quite expensive. You will require planning permission to make alterations to the external roof, which is what the hip to gable loft conversion method does. Hip to gable conversion adds volume to a hipped roof that does not have sufficient head room. Apart from this it also helps support the load bearing beams and with the insulation.

Now that you are better informed about the different types of loft conversions, you can go ahead with your plans.