Internal Wall Insulation
Internal wall insulation is the application of insulation to the inside of external walls.
This insulation improves the overall thermal performance of your property.
How Does it Work?
Internal wall insulation works by fitting rigid insulation boards to the inside of walls, or by installing a stud wall filled up with insulation material. This type of insulation will typically slightly reduce the floor area of any room it is applied in.
This type of insulation can be installed typically in one of three ways.
- Add Insulation with a Stud Wall – This method involves erecting a new stud wall inside the existing wall. This stud wall is generally about 100mm thick with a 40mm cavity between each side of wall, so will take up a bit more floor space than the other internal wall insulation options.
- Dry Lining – Insulation is fitted between battens that are fixed to walls. From there, they are covered in plasterboard. You should opt for this option if your internal walls have a lot of fixed fittings that you are not comfortable with moving around.
- Flexible Thermal Lining – This type of insulation applies in rolls like a thick wallpaper would and is attached to the wall using a glue-like adhesive. Flexible Thermal Lining tends to be no more than 10mm thick so is a solid option for small rooms with limited space.
Can I Benefit from Internal Wall Insulation?
Internal Wall Insulation is preferable when there is a need to uphold the external appearance of your property.
You can benefit from internal wall insulation if your walls are solid and not cavity walling. If your property is made of brick and your bricks alternate in length between long and short, the walls will likely be solid.
How do I know if I Have solid walls?
If your home was built before the 1920’s the external walls are probably solid and do not have a cavity. One way to tell is to measure the width of the wall by looking at an external wall window or door. If the Brick wall is less than 260 mm then it is likely a solid wall.
Another way to tell is by looking at the pattern of the bricks. If you see a full brick followed by a half brick continuously (like the image on the right) then it is likely a solid wall. If it all full bricks this is likely a cavity wall.
The Benefits of Internal Wall Insulation
Will it cost me?
Internal insulation will typically cost between £4,000 to £16,000 but is wholly dependent on how many rooms are being insulated, and the types of material used to insulate.
This type of insulation is traditionally cheaper than external wall insulation as it involves a much lower cost in both materials and labour.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of commonly asked questions in relation to Internal Wall Insulation.
It should take a full day to install internal insulation in an average sized room, but this will depend room to room.
The cost will vary depending on what exactly you need and your property. Internal Insulation does tend to be cheaper than external insulation, however. You can book a survey and our qualified installers will give you a quote.
All wall fittings will temporarily need to be removed until they can be re-attached to the insulated wall. You can lose around 100 millimetres of room space per wall depending on the type of insulation that you have installed.
You should notice almost straight away upon completion that your insulated rooms feel much warmer and are much easier to keep warm. Your rooms will heat up quicker and you’ll also notice improved sound insulation.
It may be a little more difficult to hang items from the wall, and you may require special fixings. We will advise this if required.
If installed correctly, there is no reason for this insulation to cause damp.
Any signs of damp must be treated before internal wall insulation can be installed.