While many of us struggle to find storage, often we don’t realise the solution is almost under our nose – or under our roof to be more precise. In many houses there is a large area not being used for anything much – your home’s roof cavity.
In Europe, the U.S. and most other places in the world, roof spaces have always been highly valued as vital storage areas. Think how many movies, TV shows, and books take place in a house with an attic – and an attic is not really much more than a glorified storage space within your roof space
For some strange reasons the trend of using the space underneath our roof to store the things, has never really caught on in Australia. It’s hard to know why this is. Apart from the obvious increase of area for storage, the other main benefit from gaining access to the roof area is increasing the living space and therefore the value of your property.
Who should think of using their roof space for storage?
When you think of it, there are an enormous number of houses all over Melbourne, which have almost as large an area in their roof cavity as they do underneath the ceiling.
These are the home owners who really should consider opening up their roof for storage;
Ø people who love living where they do, but are finding it difficult to store all their belongings
Ø those who own houses with a high pitch roof
Ø people situated in older, premium value suburbs with more durable housing
Is your house’s roof space suitable?
To successfully open up your roof space for storage with the minimum of fuss, houses should have;
Ø a structure solid enough to withstand the extra weight
Ø strong ceiling beams
Ø enough space between the ceiling and roof to make opening it up worthwhile
Ø a roof which doesn’t need a full replacement
Ø space to add access within the living area
A fully qualified builder, architect or draftsman should be able to tell you if;
Ø your property’s roof cavity is suitable to offer you some extra storage
Ø permanent access can be achieved
Ø lining and support beams are needed
Ø there will be an increased fire risk
And if you suspect your home’s roof is worn or damaged – one of our friendly Strong Life professionals should be able to advise you if it requires a full roof replacement.
**do not under any circumstances climb into your home’s roof cavity – there could be live wires or other risks and hazards
As already stated, not only is extra storage area to be gained from accessing the space under your home’s outer roof, but there are many other possible uses as well.
Some of these could be;
Ø a whole other ‘living space’ for the young adults who are now sharing homes with parents longer
Ø a children’s play area
Ø an artist’s studio
Ø a ‘man cave’
Ø an entertainment area
Apart from just a clever use of empty space for your storage, the uses you can find for your new found area is only limited by your imagination.
If you’re considering having a full roof replacement carried out before turning the cavity into usable storage solutions, contact Strong Life Roofing and Guttering via our contact page or like us on Facebook
*This blog is general in nature and is ONLY meant to give readers an overview of the subject matter. Do NOT rely on this information for your specific needs. If you are planning to make any renovations or adjustments to your roofing cavity, we highly recommend that you contact Strong Life or any other building company to discuss your SPECIFIC requirements