The idea of insulating a loft is to keep your home warmer, not to create problems. So read the following tips and avoid the pitfalls, while also gaining more benefits:
- Air vents must be left clear to avoid problems with condensation or damp
- To prevent overheating – keep electric cables, wiring and light fittings uncovered
- If your loft has better insulation, your water pipes are at more risk of becoming frozen so ensure that they are well lagged
- Install a board walkway to the water tank to avoid damage caused by walking on the insulation
- Protect insulation between joists if anything is to stand on it – boards beneath the item prevents the insulation from becoming squashed and less efficient, and
- As you look back at a job well done and close the loft hatch – was it insulated and draught-proofed as well?
Insulation tips to help you save time and money
- Shop around for an accredited or approved installer.
- Apply for a grant for cavity wall and loft insulation.
- When looking at external wall insulation for sold walls check with your local authority planners to see if it objects to any kinds of cladding, especially if you live in a conservation area.
- If you plan to take on loft insulation work yourself in your home check first how that affects grants.
- If you live in a house less than 10-years old check out your paperwork, as there is every chance the house already has things like cavity wall insulation
- Ensure that ventilation is good so that you don’t cause problems with damp.
- Keep electric cables, wiring and light fittings uncovered to prevent overheating
- Ensure water pipes are well lagged, as it will be a colder place after loft insulation has been installed
- Install a board walkway to the water tank to avoid damage by walking on and crushing insulation on the floor, and
Don’t forget to insulate and draught-proof the loft hatch.
Facts & Figures You’ll Love To Share
- Improving your home efficiency with insulation will help you to save hundreds of pounds every year on heating bills.
- As heat naturally rises, loft lagging acts as a superb insulator to retain warmth in the home.
- 20% of heat can be lost through inefficient walls, so consider wall cavity and solid wall insulation.
- You could be wasting £200 a year on heat with inefficient windows. Consider replacement double glazing.
We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!
Let us improve this post!
Tell us how we can improve this post?