When looking to make improvements to the energy efficiency of your property, one of the most dramatic reductions in heat loss can come with the installation of roof and wall insulation. According to the National Insulation Association, more than 40% of all domestic heat loss is through cavity walls and loft space, with 25% of this through roofs and lofts. The addition of relatively cheap loft insulation can make a massive impact on this.
Insulating a roof or loft space will not only conserve the heat in a house, but contribute to reducing energy usage; potentially saving homeowners money on their bills. With bill prices seeming to rise constantly in the past several years, this has become a major issue for many landlords and homeowners.
In this guide, we’ll be looking at some of the ways that roof and loft insulation can help households around the country. We’ll also show you some of the various ways you can insulate your roof and explain the potential savings that could be made in terms of energy bills.
Why should you insulate your roof and loft?
There are around 7 millions houses in the UK that are not properly insulated, and as a result they are unnecessarily losing heat. Even if your house was built before 2006, chances are that it is not insulated with the latest materials and technologies available. If this is the case, you could be losing heat through your roof and loft space that could very easily be prevented.
The benefits of a properly insulated roof are many, and not only the ones we’ve already mentioned. These benefits can range from a reduction in noise pollution, to damp prevention and increased resale value.
By virtue of reducing energy loss, loft insulation can help contribute to your household’s energy performance rating. This is a metric for measuring a property’s overall energy efficiency. Arguably, the higher the rating, the more appealing the house is for potential tenants and buyers.
It is now a requirement for those seeking to sell or rent a property to produce an energy performance rating certificate. It’s in everyone’s interest to ensure that buildings are at the optimum energy efficiency. With such low costs compared to long term savings, loft and roof insulation is a superb way to improve your building’s energy rating.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, a detached house could on average pay £395 to install correct insulation, and receive up to £250 in energy savings each year. Considering that roof insulation is expected to last around 40 years, the savings could be dramatic.
This is, of course, based upon either a completely uninsulated house, or improvements of insulation from 100mm to 270mm (more on this later). This also includes average professional costs, so be sure to shop around for the very best installation quality and rates.
These low costs provide a series of benefits beyond just saving energy too. After installing loft insulation, houses will experience a reduction in noise pollution , helping to create a more peaceful home to live in.
With the consistency in temperature, helping to keep a house warm in winter and cool in summer, the chances of a house having damp are also reduced. By improving the insulation throughout a house, preventing instances of damp in a property becomes much easier, which is great news for homeowners and landlords.
Is roof and loft insulation right for you?
Government backed initiatives, such as the Green Deal, are making these energy saving improvements more accessible to all households across England and Wales. Proper roof and loft insulation brings a great deal of benefits to both homeowners and tenants of a property, whilst also improving the long term value and energy rating.
The best way to find out if roof and loft insulation is a wise investment is to check your current levels of insulation. If there is none, or it is 100mm thick or below, then chances are the house’s insulation hasn’t been improved since it was originally built and the benefits can be great.
Most properties built in the 1970s or earlier will only have up to 100mm insulation thickness and should be replaced with a thickness of between 250 – 270mm. Whilst newer houses will have up to 200mm if built after the 1970s, they may still benefit from re-insulation or additional heat retention techniques, so be sure to see what you can do with energy saving upgrades.
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