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Lining rafters with card

Discussion in 'Floors, Stairs and Lofts' started by Worrier61, 29 Aug 2021.

  1. Worrier61

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    Hello
    I wanted to make a section of attic nice, for a bit of extra storage space my daughter can use. The felt is quite dusty with cobwebs etc. To make it look nice, not to insulate. I have covered rafters with very thick card. I did try hardboard but it was difficult to fix at that angle and would probably warp and look rubbish. So too will the card I hear you shout!
    But anyway my fear is this...
    Have I made the roof more dangerous by fitting a flammable material like card?
    Would insurance company be concerned? . If its a problem, I will remove. I'm hoping it's not as people store cardboard and all sorts in their attic anyway.
    Thanks.
     
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    I'm going to assume I've done nothing wrong. If I had, I'm sure someone would have taken a degree of pleasure in telling me I'm a fool and I should have done x, y, z instead. It would be great however if someone who has knowledge of building industry / house insurance could say that it simply isn't an issue.
     
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    I doubt you have contravened any fire regulations in lining the (flammable) rafters with (flammable) card - doubt your insurance would be concerned.
    But if it is a room with fixed stairs (and not just for occasional use with a pull-down ladder) there will be a score or more Building Regulations
    which may have been contravened.
     
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    Thank you for your reply - perfect.
    No worries about stairs as it is just an attic with pull down ladder.
    I have not made any serious changes that would concern building regs
    Thank you again for the reassurance about the card
     
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    Extra info..
    there is a light bulb in attic but I have made sure this is a whole rafter from the covered area (I think about 40cm)
    I have one extra qu if you can bear it! When I grew up we had polystyrene tiles on lounge ceiling. These were then outlawed I assume because of fire risk, not just fashion. But we recently manged to buy some coving for bathroom , and these were polystyrene. Must be legal because sold by homebase. What has changed? I coving fine but not tiles? or has the manufacturing process changed?
    Many thanks
     
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