Loft insulation is a cost effective, quick and easy way to stop heat from escaping your property through the roof space. This will help keep your home or commercial property warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer resulting in lower energy bills and reduced carbon emissions.
Whether you are looking to convert your loft into a bedroom, create a cosy play room for the kids or simply reduce your energy bills, insulation is an affordable option which can significantly improve the U-Value of your property and therefore the value. With the current price of energy rising, investing in a good quality insulation will save you money in the long run by reducing your heating bill.
There are many different types of insulation materials and installation methods available, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. This article will explore the main types and provide an overview of each to help you choose the right insulation for your property.
Before starting to install your insulation it is important to clear out your loft and make sure that it is safe to work in (i.e no damp or rotting timbers). It is also worth assessing whether any pipes, water tanks, electrical wiring etc are located within the loft to ensure they are not liable to freezing and potentially bursting.
Once you have cleared out your loft, it is important to get the correct thickness of insulation. A general rule of thumb is that you need around 250-270mm of insulation between the joists. To achieve this you can use either mineral wool or cellulose fibre loft insulation. Cellulose is more expensive than mineral wool but provides a more environmentally friendly option.