Should You Consider Insulation In Your Roof
It is all about being energy efficient. Sustainable living is a concept that has gained momentum across the UK in recent years, and many homeowners are now recognizing both the economic and the environmental benefits of energy-efficient homes. Insulation is key to maintaining an even temperature in your home, all year round.
To help you learn about a warmer home, we have compiled this guide to roof and loft insulation which is a great place to start when looking to insulating your home. Read on to learn how they work to make your home more energy efficient, and the costs involved.
How does roof insulation work?
Insulation is used as a barrier in your roof or loft space to stop the heat from escaping as it rises though the house. Meaning your home stays warmer without having to keep increasing the amount of energy being used by your central heating system.
Types of Loft Insulation
There are plenty of different options to choose from when looking to install loft insulation. Checking the R-value is an important point, as it measures how well the material is able to resist heat flow. The following are the different types of loft insulation you can consider:
Made from yarn that is either spun from glass wool or rock wool, it comes in large rolls. It is then rolled into the space between loft joists, while the loose yarn can also be added into hollow spaces.
It is a good option as it is good at conducting heat, and it’s also great for soundproofing. It tends to be cheaper overall than some other types of insulation, while its use usually has a minimal carbon footprint.
A natural choice, sheep’s wool is often formed into rolls but can be bought as large tiles as well in some cases. It’s always been a popular choice due to it being safe and easy to use, while also being very good at insulating from sound and at holding heat. It’s 100% recyclable too and is made out of sustainable material.
Spray Loft Insulation
Only to be done by a professional, spray foam can also be used to create a thick liquid that is sprayed out over the loft with a special applicator. The foam will expand quickly and fill gaps where needed, hardening into a dense blanket. This option is immune to mould, mildew, and bacteria, while also having a very long lifespan.
What Are the Benefits of Loft Insulation?
- You can reduce your heating bills by relying a lot less on gas and electric heating to warm your home up, as insulation helps retain the heat during the cold winter months.
- It’s also helps keep the home cool in the summer months, so you’ll not overheat when staying indoors.
- Adding loft and roof insulation can also improve your home’s energy efficiency rating, and essentially pays for itself due to the saving on bills.
- It’ll also contribute to increasing your home’s overall value on the housing market, for if you were ever looking to sell.
How Much Can I Save By Insulating My Loft?
You will be able to save by installing loft insulation, how much will depend on the depth of your insulation and the type of home that you have. As an example, 270mm of loft insulation can save the following per year on energy bills, on average, when compared with an uninsulated home. This figure is ever increasing with the cost of energy prices rising.
Detached House: £380
Semi-Detached House: £165
Mid-Terrace House: £150
Detached Bungalow: £235