Fitting a Loft Hatch


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Putting in a new loft hatch in an older property may be necessary because of the greater use people are now making of their attics.

Older hatches tend to be small, but if easier access to the attic is required they need to be enlarged.

It really isn't difficult to increase the size of an existing hatch if necessary as if is positioned between two joists it can be extended to the next adjacent joist.

Two 25x75mm pieces of support timber should then be fitted to the top and bottom of the proposed new hatch. The central joist is then removed.

The next job is to remove the part of the ceiling that is still covering the new hatch.

Two pieces of joist timber should be fitted and secured across the sawn ends of the middle joist. This will form the frame for the new loft hatch.

Care should be taken when removing the part of the ceiling covering the new hatch.

The last thing you will want is damage being caused to the rest of the ceiling. The ceiling should be cut back to the edge of the hatch frame.

Any sawing should be done from below as this will minimise the chances of any damage. Once the cutting has been completed the support timbers can be removed.

The last thing you will want is damage being caused to the rest of the ceiling. The ceiling should be cut back to the edge of the hatch frame.

Any sawing should be done from below as this will minimise the chances of any damage. Once the cutting has been completed the support timbers can be removed.

Fitting A Loft Hatch Cover

The next job is to fit the hatch cover. The cover can be a simple drop in/lift up version, a hinged hatch which swings up, or one that swings down.

The latter is commonly used when there is a loft ladder fitted to the joists.

The cover itself is made out of plywood and framed with 25x50mm timber. The frame is essential if the hatch cover is to be hinged.

There isn’t really much to fitting hatches though they can be fiddly and the handyman may need some help from a willing, or probably not so willing, assistant.

Do remember though that any alterations or installations need to meet the conditions laid down in the building regulation guidelines.

So it is important to remember to only fit building control approved loft hatch doors.

If in any doubt than consult your local councils building control office.

For more info see the related pages below

How Much Will It All Cost?

Adding A Dormer To Your Property

Fitting A Loft Hatch And Other DIY Advice

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