I use our loft as an office. I spent some time putting down flooring, installing electricity and currently use it for several hours every day.
Our house is in the UK, it was built around the 1930's/1940's. The roof is in excellent condition, no leaks, no damp.
Our house is semi-detached, so I have one wall in the loft where the houses meet, if you are looking at that wall directly, to your left and right the roof comes down on angles, and like wise behind you.
Where the roof meets the floor of the loft on every edge there is one hell of a draft. The outside of the house has some kind of plastic coving around it, underneath/behind the gutter, this has lots of small air ventilation slits in it.
I purchased some plastic sheeting and stappled it to 2 sides of the loft, leaving one side open - but even now a draft blows through - its currently snowing outside and is about 1 or 2 degree's C up here....
In the summer the loft is exceptionally hot, I usually have to have 2 fans on but these only cirulate warm air. In the winter the opposite is true, its so cold that my oil heater just cant cope, and I suspect the cold air blowing in from outside is the main cause.
What I would like to know is what I can do to prevent this draft. I am aware that some air ventilation is necessary to prevent damp forming in the loft. However, do I need to have as much as I have got?
How can I prevent it from being so hot in the summer? Some one I spoke to recently suggested putting the fibre-glass rolls actually on the inside of the roof (then boarding over) to help with this, but that occured to me that it would then keep more heat in (handy in the cold I guess)...
I'm sure my polythene sheeting isn't a good idea around the edges of the loft, but it does help a little in keeping some of the breeze out - but not enough...
Any advice would be really appreciated.
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