Loft insulation is located between the joists on the loft floor of your property. Usually consisting of Glass or Rock Wool, Blown Cellulose or Quilted Mineral Wool, it can reduce your energy bills by as much as 25%.
It can last for up to 40 years, can be funded by energy saving schemes and with the right installation ensure that your loft and roof space is still usable for storage.
What is Loft Insulation?
Loft insulation stops the heat from your house escaping through your roof. With heat naturally rising, a poorly insulated roof or loft space can be increasing your bills by as much as 25%.
Layers of mineral or glass wool are laid between the joints. The first layer is laid between the joists – the horizontal beams that make up the ‘floor’ of the loft – then another layer is cross-laid at right angles to cover the joists and make the insulation up to the required depth which is currently 270mm or 11 inches!!
If your loft is easy to access and has no damp or condensation problems, it should be easy to insulate.
Are there any Risks?
Insulation stops heat escaping from living spaces, so it will make your loft space cooler – which could make existing damp or condensation problems worse. Get professional advice before installing insulation, to see if you can fix the damp problems first.
Insulating between the joists of your loft will keep your house warmer but make the roof space above colder. Pipes and water tanks will be more likely to freeze, so you will need to insulate them. Heat Insulation provides this within the funding obtained for you.
The cooler air in your insulated loft could mean that cold draughts come through the loft hatch. To prevent this, we install UPVC strips of draught-excluding material around the edges of the frame.
How it works?
Loft and roof insulation work by re-directing the heat that would escape from your home through the roof back into your home. The insulation often made of Glass or Rock Wool, Blown Cellulose or Quilted Mineral Wool is laid between the joists to act as a barrier for the heat slowing down the transfer of heat between your living space and outside world.
Even with insulation laid between and across the joists, you can still have a usable space by laying boards across this. This can be done by any qualified joiner who will raise the joist levels with one of a variety of products. This will allow for a useful storage space for other household goods. This is a service Heat Insulation can offer.
It is possible to insulate your loft yourself, providing it does not have any damp problem, is not a flat roof and is easy to access. However, we don’t recommend you do this as electric cables and ventilation must be treated in a specific way to avoid damage to your property.
We use the highest standard of insulation to ensure maximum efficiency. This cannot be bought from your local DIY store meaning doing it yourself may not always prove the best results.
Usually, completion of the insulation can be done within a few hours, and the benefits can be felt almost instantly.
Can I Benefit from Loft Insulation?
Most people can benefit from loft insulation and with grants and funding from Energy Companies and the Local Council it can be a very cheap way to lower your energy bills.
How to tell if my loft is already insulated?
As with other insulation products you can usually tell if you need insulation if you have high heating bills and struggle to warm the house.
It is always best to have a survey conducted by a qualified professional to establish your insulation needs. If you wanted to check yourself, simply go into your loft space and see if the insulation wool in between the joists. If you have board down, insulation may be underneath this, so you may have to lift one of these up to check.
The Benefits of Loft and Roof Insulation?
Will it cost me?
New government funding is available for those meeting the criteria, meaning it could cost you nothing.
To be eligible you must be a landlord, own or privately rent your property and be claiming benefits. For those who don’t meet the criteria there are finance options to help spread the cost.
How Much Will I Save?
You could save up to £250 a year on heating bills alone, giving you a payback within just 5 years. Include the benefits of a comfortable home and the impact on the environment cavity wall insulation becomes an easy choice.