Wall Insulation FAQ's

Is my home suitable for cavity wall insulation?

If your house was built between the 1920's and the 1990's it is likely that your exterior walls have a double skin of bricks with have a cavity, or gap, between them. Houses built before this period were built with solid stone. Any residential properties built lkater than ths are likely to have insulation already installed.
If your home was constructed using solid walls, or has a timber frame, it is not suitable for cavity wall insulation.

What material is used to insulate walls?

There are three main types of materials used to insulate walls. Polystyrene beads, mineral wool fibre and foam insulant. Although all three are manufactured to British building standards foam is rarely used now to insulate residential properties.

How can I tell if my walls have a cavity?

You can tell the type of walls you have either by measuring the thickness of the wall near the door. If it is 260mm or more then you probably have a cavity. Another waqy is to look at the pattern of the bricks on your walls. The diagram below shows how cavity walls have a regular brick pattern so as to leave a gap in between the brick leafs. Solid walls have an alternative pattern as no space is required in between the bricks.

Brick patterns for cavity and solid walls

Finding an approved insulation installer 

If you are unsure whether your home is suitable for wall insulation let us know and we can arrange a free no obligation survey with an approved energy assessor. The assessor will drill a small hole in one of your elevations. By using specialised camera equipment called a borescope the surveyor will check to see if you already have insulation in your walls and advise if you are eligible for a Government insulation grant.

Government Free Loft Insulation Grant Scheme

Your home will probably already have Loft Insulation but two thirds of homes in Scotland and the UK don't have the recommended level,  270mm or 11 Inches. This is the level of loft insulation needed to stop severe heat loss in the average home.

It is common to assume that your home has effective loft insulation when you are actually spending a fortune on high gas and electricity bills

If your loft is not insulated properly, you are probably losing 25% of heat through your roof. Government grants for loft insulation are currently available for all home owners, landlords and private tenants in Scotland who meet the criteria for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Funding.

What is loft insulation?

Loft insulation is essential. Heat rises in your home and escapes quickly through your loft or attic and out the roof.. This costs us all a fortune as we try to keep our houses warm. Loft insulation make it increasingly difficult for heat to pass through the roof, trapping the escaping heat and effectively "keeping it in".

The insulation is placed between and across the joists in your loft, and gives you a protective, sealed area in the home, which stays warm for longer. meaning it costs less to heat your home as your central heating or fire can be on for less time.

In most cases the insulation installation process takes less than two hours to complete, depending on the amount of loft insulation needed. Loft insulation is guaranteed for 40 years.

Benefits

The main benefits of having loft insulation installed are:

  • Saves money on your heating bills
  • Loft Insulation reduces carbon emissions
  • Insulation makes your home warmer during winter, and cools it in summer, getting the best of both worlds
  • Increases your home's energy performance rating, making it cheaper to run.

Free Government Loft Insulation Grants ScotlandIinsulation grants 2018

If your home does not have the recommended level of loft insulation your home qualifies for a Government grant. You may be able to get your loft insulation topped up for free

Applying for a loft insulation grant is a simple process. An Energy surveyor will call at your home and have a quick check in your loft and fill out he forms with you.



Savings

Insulating your loft is a simple and effective way to stop that waste and reduce the amount you spend on heating your home. Loft insulation is effective for at least 40 years, and it will save you around £175 a year on heating costs These figures are estimated figures based on insulating a gas-heated, semi-detached home with three bedrooms.

If you heat your home with an alternative fuel type or live in a larger detached house, your annual savings will increase. Effective home insulation is one of the most simple and effective ways to save energy and money.

Loft insulation and cavity wall insulation  grants are available as part of the UK Government backed initiative to reduce harmful emissions being released into the environment. 

A qualified and government approved insulation grants surveyor will come and give your home a quick check to ensure it's suitable, and fill in the grant application form. You your free insulation will be installed a short time later, simple.

What if I already have Loft Insulation?

If you already have loft insulation it is best that you check and see if you have the recommended levels for heat loss prevention. You should have 270mm (11inches) in your attic. If you have any less than this your loft is not insulated correctly.

How do I get Free Insulation?

Getting an insulation grant in Scotland is a straightforward process. You can arrange an appointment with an authorised Energy Grants Surveyor by entering your details in the Insulation grant form opposite. An insulation surveyor will then contact you to arrange a loft insulation survey. He will check to see if your you have the recommended level of insulation.

The surveyor will then fill in a form with you and arrange an installation date for your free insulation to be fitted.

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