Truss loft conversions should only ever be handled by a specialist company, due to the problematic nature of converting this style of attic into usable living space. If you have a truss loft, get in touch with our specialists at Bigger Homes and you’ll be amazed at what we can achieve for your home.

Converting A Truss Loft

Following the 1960s, the most popular form of construction used factory-made roof trusses. These utilise thinner, cheaper timbers, yet offer good structural integrity due to the addition of braced diagonal timber.

There are many advantages when building a new house using a truss roof. With their use of low-cost materials and quick install time they are perfect for being manufactured in bulk. They also allow a house roof to be erected and felted in a day. However, this type of truss suggests that there are no loadbearing structures beneath, and so opening up the space requires a greater added structural input.

Another big disadvantage of a truss roof is it may feel like there is a lack of usable room in the loft as it seems full of wooden frames.
Although it may seem like there are many barriers to face when considering a truss loft conversion in Essex, there is nothing that our team at Bigger Homes hasn’t seen before.

If you are looking for information on converting a traditional loft visit our standard Loft Conversion page.

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Although the frame of a truss roof occupies the majority of the internal space it’s not impossible to convert into a fantastic living space when you work with our specialist truss loft conversions team.

This will normally involve the insertion of steel beams between loadbearing walls for the new floor joists to hang on and the rafter section to be supported on. Together with a steel beam at the ridge, the whole framework is replaced using either A-shaped trusses or horizontal beams. This then enables us to create a larger and more versatile space within your accommodation.

Some building companies may not want to take on a project that involves a trussed roof. However, at Bigger Homes we are experts in truss loft conversions in Essex with a comprehensive client list full of projects of this nature.

Choosing The Best Truss Loft Conversion Professionals For The Job

As truss loft conversions permanently alter the structure of your roof, you’ll need to be confident that you’re working with qualified experts in the business. We’re delighted to present our highly skilled team who will always work alongside detailed structural engineering plans to ensure the integrity of your property. We can overcome hurdles including:

  • Lack of lintels
  • Worn out supports
  • Shallow foundations
  • Non load-bearing internal walls

Although these are certainly challenges, our team have the knowledge and skillset to find the necessary solutions. In fact, Bigger Homes are able to utilise modern steel beam technology to remove many or, if necessary, all structural trusses. From here, you can sit back and relax whilst our expert team creates beautiful third floor living accommodation for your family to enjoy.

If you have a Truss loft and would like to discuss your options to convert why not get in touch today. To get your project started why now get a free quote in under 2 minutes by using our Loft Conversion Cost Calculator?


What is a truss loft conversion?
A truss loft conversion is more complex than your average loft project. Truss roofs comprise of ‘W’ shaped rafters that take up a lot of space in your loft. As truss roofs rely on multiple supporting beams, this can lead many builders to claim that a truss roof loft is inconvertible. This is incorrect so long as your project is handled by experienced professionals such as Bigger Homes. By installing steel beams, our specialists will redistribute the weight of the roof so that it is structurally sound to convert. The size and volume of the steel required must be calculated with precision to ensure the structural integrity of your truss-less roof. From here, you can then convert your new living space into stylish accommodation which fits in seamlessly with the rest of your home.

How much does it cost?
As with any loft conversion, there is no set price for this type of project as it is entirely bespoke. The cost will depend on factors including the size of space you wish to convert, your property type and the volume of steel required. To give you a ballpark figure, please feel free to use our quick Loft Cost Calculator which you can fill out in under two minutes. For a more accurate estimate, please get in touch with our specialists for a FREE consultation.

Do you need planning permission for a truss loft conversion?
Many loft conversions may qualify for permitted development, which means that you can sidestep applying for full planning permission so long as your project will fall within the scope of their pre-defined regulations. However, the limitations of truss rafters may require your roof to be raised as part of the project. When you arrange a FREE consultation with our team, we will take all the necessary measurements and advise you on your options. Schedule your appointment with our experts today.