Which type of insulation is best for my home?

Learn about the different types of insulation available to help retain heat in your home and find out if you’re eligible for funding towards the cost of installing these measures in your home.

Lack of insulation in your home can cause significant heat loss which means the cost of heating your home can be much higher than necessary. By installing insulation, you can increase the energy efficiency of your property and help reduce the cost of your heating expenses.

Learn about the different types of insulation available:

Solid Wall Insulation

You could be losing around 45% of the heat in your home through uninsulated solid walls.

Around one third of homes in the UK have solid walls – your property is likely to have solid walls if there is an alternating pattern of long and short bricks on your walls.

Solid wall insulation can be installed internally and involves insulating walls from the inside of the property by building a frame which is then filled with mineral wool insulation and boarded. The process requires all skirting boards and fittings to be removed from the walls for installation.

Cavity wall insulation

If your property has uninsulated cavity walls, you could be losing roughly 35% of the heat from your property through the walls.

Your property is likely to have cavity walls if the bricks are laid lengthways in an even pattern on the outside of your home. This is typical for houses built after the 1930s.

Cavity wall insulation involves blowing Thermabead insulation into the external walls of your home to fill the space between the inner and outer leaf of the wall. The bead insulation helps retain heat during the winter and also helps keep your home cool in summer.

Loft insulation

Insulating your loft or room in roof is another effective way of preserving heat in your home. A typical gas-heated home loses an estimated 25% of its heat through an insulated loft or room in roof.  

A room in roof is a habitable space in the attic of a property, often with a fixed staircase and dormer window. Room in roof insulation involves affixing insulated boards to the external walls, slopes, and ceilings of the area with any residual areas insulated using wool (similar to loft insulation).

When we install loft insulation, we use mineral wool insulation to cover the flat area between the joists in your loft, creating two layers of insulation for a total depth of around 300mm which helps to greatly reduce heat loss.

Underfloor insulation

You can prevent draughts and keep your house warmer by insulating ground level floors – about 15% of the heat in a room can be lost through uninsulated floors.

If your home has suspended timber flooring and enough space between the joists and the floor, you can benefit from underfloor insulation. The material used is mineral wool insulation and this gets attached under the flooring to help reduce draughts and reduce your energy bills.

Funding for insulation:

Arktek’s team of engineers recommend that all areas of your home should be insulated. The cost of having insulation installed varies depending on your property type and which type of insulation your home requires, but you may be eligible for government funding towards the cost of the install.

Find out if you qualify: https://www.arktek.co.uk/funding/.

We are proud to be able to assist with the ECO4 funding process to install insulation in homes in the North East and Yorkshire. Simply contact us to get the process started.

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