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    Building up joists to lay down loft boarding
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    • 2nd Nov 07, 5:38 PM
    Building up joists to lay down loft boarding 2nd Nov 07 at 5:38 PM
    I've just had my loft re-insulated. I unscrewed all the boarding I had up there and emptied the loft, they came along and laid down the insulation (one layer in between the joists and then another layer perpendicular to that). I want to put the boarding back down now but the insulation is too high.

    So... the way I see it I have 4 options
    1. Strip the insulation down to just one layer for the area I want to board and then board it as it was before, traight on to the joists
    - The previously boarded area was large though (approx half the entire loft area) and I'd rather keep the same area
    2. Increase the height of the joists to just above the insulation
    a) by screwing new joists/beams into the sides of the existing joists
    - will this work (an image of what I mean is here)
    b) by laying new joists/beams down perpendicular to the existing joists
    - seems like a lot of wood would be needed (and hence a lot of cost)
    3. Change the insulation under the bit I want to board with thinner insulation.
    - too expensive

    Can anyone help with some advice? What's usually done in this situation?
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