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What about a existing loft conversion that doesn't have steel.
by: Derek

Hi Martin, what about an existing loft conversion with no steels in place that is over 40 years old?

My buildings survey has thrown up concerns about the springy nature of the floor boards on the loft / dormer level and the fact that they have not been strengthened. Pretty sure they would not meet today's building regulations and would need to be reinforced, perhaps by RSJ to make it a liveable space.

If it has been there for 40 years without steel does it need them now or can we support the exiting floor in another way?

Many thanks

Answer from our Expert
by: Martin Holmes

Hello Paul,

Steel beams are essential. As they help split the span of the joists and add strength to the whole conversion.

Martin Holmes
Builders GB - London

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