Without adequate ventilation in a home, problems with condensation and mould can arise. This is certainly the case for rooms that have more moisture in the air, such as the bathroom or the kitchen. Mould growth is detrimental to both the structure of a building and the health of its inhabitants, so it’s important to avoid it at all costs.
When converting a loft space, the circulation of natural ventilation through the roof becomes limited. For that reason, it is wise to install additional vents into the roof to improve airflow. Ventilation flaps are a fantastic option because they can be set to open at particular times of the day. This means you won’t have to leave your windows open whilst you’re out and about. However, you must make sure the vents are not obstructed in any way.
If your new loft conversion contains a bathroom, you could also consider investing in an extractor fan to expel the excess water vapour. There are various options when it comes to extractor fans and some are noisier than others, so it’s worth shopping around before making a final decision on one. The main thing is to remember to switch them on whilst you’re showering and leave them on for a short while after.
Unsatisfactory heating can also play a role in causing problems with condensation and damp, so you may need to install new radiators. Underfloor heating mats are another great option as they are easy to install and extremely energy efficient.
Roof windows are also ideal for helping ventilation because they allow you to let the dank, moist air escape and let fresh air in. At Another Level Lofts, we install superior quality roof windows by leading brand Velux. If you do have a roof window, it’s a good idea to get a blind to stop the sun from shining in and heating up the room too much.