If you’re considering a loft conversion, you may hear the word ‘joists’. If it’s not something you’ve heard about before, read on.

As you’d expect, loft conversions are not simple transformations. The house or property that you have will need to have a sufficient structure to be able to take the weight of a new room – or rooms. Your current loft may be filled with all of your belongings, however this is very different to the additional weight of adding extra rooms. This is where the joists are critical; they have to be strong enough to handle the weight above.


There are several ways to strengthen the joists in your loft. If you’re looking for one of the most simple methods – you could look at Overslinging. If you have enough headroom in your loft it’s an ideal solution for your property as it makes the loft conversion process a particularly easy one. Our expert builders will carefully lay the newly crafted joists over the old ones; creating a perfect structure from which to build your new loft conversion.

Alternatively, if you have very limited headroom, it’s recommended that you opt for the Sideslinging method. This is where building experts will place the new joists right along the old joists. A holder is placed underneath new steel beams which are built across the original joists. Depending on your builder, they may either decide to connect the new and old joists with screws and bolts, alternatively they may be kept separate. Choosing a good loft conversion company will enable you have guidance on the matter.