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Storage Protection in unfelted loft?

Discussion in 'Floors, Stairs and Lofts' started by icowden, 27 May 2008.

  1. icowden

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    Hi all,

    I am part way through a major redecoration project and we have just rewired the lighting upstairs. This is a 1930s semi with an unfelted roof, so naturally a lot of dust and rubbish ends up on anything stored in the attic.

    The previous owners had tried to combat this by nailing up pieces of hardboard to about 3/4 of the roof height, but a lot of them have warped and pulled out. Rather than putting up more hardboard, does anyone have an easy solution to allow the roof to breathe, but prevent (or reduce) the steady fall of debris from the roof?

    I was thinking that there must be some sort of porous sheeting I could staple up?

    Any suggestions gratefully appreciated!

    Iain
     
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    Expensive option, breathable roofing felt like tyvek.

    Cheap option, brown paper. You can get big rolls of it on ebay for parcel wrapping etc. Get a heavy duty guage and staple it to the rafters.
     
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    Wouldn't brown paper be rather prone to noise?

    Second question though - Can I cover right up to the top of the eaves, or do I need to leave space for airflow?
     
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    que? :confused:
     
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    rustle rustle flap
     
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    comprende wise one. ;)
     
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    I did say it was the cheap option. Pull it taught when stapling and tape the joins. Fix it where you like, it's only paper.

    You could go with hardboard again, but fixed with screws. Or thin ply or plasterboard? With these options though, you'd still leave gaps top and bottom for ventilation.

    Weed control membrane?
     
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