Loft Vents Installation Costs
Material Costs, Labour Fees and Time Frame Estimates for Loft Vents Installation
While some lofts have less than an ideal number of loft vents, others don’t have any at all. In this case, installing vents can be a great solution to any condensation issues. Before you do though, it matters that you first investigate the various methods involved in terms of getting the level of moisture in your loft down. You can choose from three different loft vent types including tile vents, ridge vents, and eaves vents.
Condensation in the loft is generally caused by collected moisture. This could due to issues with insulation, ventilation or both. When there is condensation in your loft, this could cause the roof timbers to get damp. Over time, this can develop into wet rot, causing the insulation material in the space to get soaked and useless. Getting this fixed would be more expensive compared to the cost you’d need to cover if you are to get loft vents fitted in.
If you choose to hire the services of a tradesman, make sure to get them taken care of any related jobs while they’re at it to maximize their services. You’ll reduce the total labour costs when you get them to perform related tasks. This could include boarding your loft out, fitting in insulation to the loft as well as installing a loft hatch and ladder. You can even have them check your roof tiles for any damage and have them replace them as well.
It’s also common for companies that perform insulation work to supply and install loft vents for free, especially if they are working under the ECO or Energy Companies Obligation scheme. This is to ensure that the insulation they’re installing won’t get damp as well as avoid getting tagged as not having properly insulated the property. However, they’re only likely to just install cheap and simple circular vents. This isn’t going to be enough to tackle any serious issues concerning condensation in your loft. They can also offer advice, however, as well as offer you some quotes on how much the work will cost.
Different Types of Loft Vents
There are currently three types of roof or loft vents you can consider. This includes tile vents, soffit or eaves vents, and ridge vents. Ridge types are usually positioned on the roof’s highest point or the ridge. They’re most useful for allowing rising warm air to get out. Tile vents are used to replace mid-roof tiles. They’re also compatible with about 90% of the roof tiles that are presently used in most households in Britain.
Typically, two tiles are needed, two on the rear and two more on the front. Eaves vents are usually installed along the eaves of your roof, allowing airflow into your loft space. Often, these vents are installed in connection with ridge vents to serve as additional ventilation.
When performing work in your loft space, remember that your ceiling isn’t designed to take heavy weight. There have been many instances where even a minor job like this ended up in disaster due to people falling through the ceiling. This can turn this minor project into a highly costly one.
It’s best to seek out the advice of the professionals before pursuing the installation. There is such a thing as over-ventilation which can lead to more problems. Besides, it is always easier to add extra ventilation than remove one, especially if the events are making your loft too cold especially in wintertime.
Costs for Loft Vent Installation
Installing 20 eaves/circular vents to the rear and front of a terraced or semi-detached UK property will generally cost around £250. If you are installing vent tiles with four roofs, this could cost around £400. If installing vents with four ridges, costs could come up to £300. It’s common for roofers to charge a daily rate of £250. They will typically be working in pairs for practical and safety reasons.
Hiring a roofer for the installation of vents with four ridges along with 20 eaves vents to a semi-detached 2-storey house with easy access could cost up to £500. Of that amount, material costs could come up to £250 and the fees for the tradesmen will usually total to £250.