Heat rises. So why is it that your loft is rarely the warmest place in the house? The answer is simple: bad quality insulation or no insulation at all.
In every non-insulated home, a quarter of all heat is lost through the roof, causing excessive energy bills as well as a chilly attic. Ensuring that your loft is fully insulated is a simple and effective way of saving you money and creating a pleasant living environment.
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So don’t let the cold stop you from enjoying your loft this winter; here are some great tips for creating a cosy, warming space that the whole family can enjoy…
Loft Insulation Tips
The initial cost of loft insulation may be putting some people off, but it might be more economically viable than you think. In a lot of cases, where the loft is accessible and has no issues with damp or condensation, insulation is easy – you can even do it for yourself, saving on costly contractors.
Insulating the floor between joists with mineral wool is plenty adequate if you plan on using your loft for storage. However, if your attic conversion is to be utilised as a living space, roof insulation must be considered. A common way to do this is to attach rigid insulation boards between the rafters, which are then covered by plasterboard.
[Note: Those lofts that are a bit more difficult to access may require blown insulation, and this must be carried out by a professional.]
Once the insulation has been carried out, it is effective for at least 40 years, and over time it essentially pays for itself – usually within 24 months! You are also doing your bit for the environment too, reducing energy waste and therefore your carbon footprint, and your property’s value might even increase if it qualifies for an improved Energy Performance Certificate.
Some houses suffer from condensation, often leading to a build-up of mould, due to poorly insulated walls and roofs. Hot air rising through the house meets the cold of the wall, forming moisture that often doesn’t have sufficient ventilation to escape. Wall cavity insulation is the simple solution here, and is easy to apply using the same methods as above.
In every non-insulated home, a quarter of all heat is lost through the roof
So insulating your loft need not be a costly and complex process, and those claiming unemployment or disability benefits, child tax credits or a state pension may even qualify for special government-initiated insulation grants that cover both loft and wall cavity insulation. Find out if you’re eligible before starting any work on your loft.
The team at LMB Group Ltd are more than happy to offer any information or advice on loft insulation, and every one of our installations and loft designs take wall, floor and roof lining and padding into consideration. Take a look through our gallery, and contact us on 0800 998 1381 start on the road to your dream loft today!