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All you Need to Know About Truss Loft Conversions

As far as the different types of loft conversions go, a truss loft conversion is often seen as one of the most difficult to achieve. But that’s not to say that it can’t be done. Really you just need to come at them from a different angle, and this is nothing that an experienced loft conversion specialist won’t be able to handle. Read on for all you need to know about truss loft conversions. 

What is the problem with a truss loft conversion? 

The problem with truss rafters is that they don’t allow for a lot of space around the ‘W’ shaped rafters that trusses create. They join from the roof to the floor and therefore occupy the majority of the space. Furthermore, the head height of the roof may be too low when constructed with truss rafters; this is something that a loft conversion specialist can check for you. Obviously the lack of space around the rafters and the low head height combined do not add up to a great loft conversion space. But don’t let this put you off; there are ways and means to create a truss loft conversion which a specialist will easily be able to implement for you. 

Can my loft be converted if I have truss rafters? 

The simple answer is yes! Of course it can still be converted, but it may not be as simple as other loft conversions. And that’s why it’s so important to use a specialist loft company to do the work. A specialist will be able to remove the truss rafters and strengthen the floor and roof structure to create a safe space. They will replace the ‘W’ shaped rafters with ‘A’ shaped rafters instead, or perhaps horizontal beams. This will create a great space for you to inhabit within your attic. 

Will the height of my roof need to be altered? 

Sometimes the height of your roof may also need to be raised to create enough space within a loft which previously had truss rafters. Although this may make the project more costly and a little more complex, it often means that once the work has been done, you will be left with a large, spacious room which can then be used as a master suite, a studio or workspace, children’s bedrooms and much more besides. 

Will I need planning permission for a truss loft conversion?

You may need planning permission if you need to raise the height of your roof, as is the case with any work which requires altering the roof. However, when using an expert attic conversion company, this is something that they can talk you through and assist with to ensure the best possible chance of having the permission passed. 

Where do I start with my truss loft conversion? 

The best place to start with a truss loft conversion is to get in touch with Bespoke Lofts! We have plenty of experience in converting such roof spaces and can create a large, spacious new loft room for you in no time.

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