Loft insulation is the process of using insulative materials to reduce heat loss through your loft space. This normally involves laying rolls of insulation over the ceiling joists. This will mean that your home can retain heat for longer as less, It is estimated that in an uninsulated home, a quarter of heat is lost through the roof ( Energy Saving Trust 2022 ).
Rentokil Property Care can lay both new rolls of insulation if there is no insulation at all, and top up insulation if existing insulation is already in place. This is available in domestic homes in most standard roof areas.
With decades of experience in damp treatment, we can ensure that insulation is laid correctly, and won’t cause any damp problems by blocking any existing ventilation such as vents or air bricks.
The most significant benefit of loft insulation is the potential to save significant amounts of money on energy bills. The Energy Savings Trust have estimated that you could save up to £250 on energy bills a year, by adding loft insulation to an uninsulated house. Loft insulation generally lasts for 40 years. When you think about how much money you could save over a 40 year period, this makes loft insulation an investment to consider ( Energy Saving Trust 2022 ).
When selling or renting a property, every home must have an EPC ( Energy Performance Certificate ). The EPC rating is calculated based on the energy efficiency of your home. Loft insulation will help improve your EPC rating, and this can make your property more appealing to prospective buyers and tenants.
Loft insulation means you will be using less energy and therefore less fuel. This means there will be a reduction in the amount of harmful chemicals and gases that are released from heating and cooling devices. In 2022, Energy Saving Trust estimated that an uninsulated loft in a detached home once insulated to 270 mm thickness insulation could save 1310 kg CO2 per year.
Your loft space will be cooler after insulation, as it stops heat escaping from your home. If you already have damp problems in your loft, these may worsen after insulation. This is why it is important to treat all issues with damp before laying insulation. Although insulation is designed to reduce heat loss, you will need to ensure that air can flow in and out of your house. Failure to ensure there is adequate ventilation can result in issues with condensation and black mould.
With relevant DIY experience, and if it is not a flat roof, it is possible that you could insulate it yourself. However, it is important to note that incorrect installation will mean that your insulation could be ineffective, and therefore not reduce your energy bills. As stated above, this can also lead to damp problems if there is poor ventilation, or if you don’t treat any pre-existing damp issues. This is why we would recommend you consult professional advice before attempting any DIY measures yourself. Any signs of damp in your loft should be examined by a qualified damp surveyor before loft insulation can occur.
With decades of experience, our professionally qualified surveyors can ensure that your loft is insulated and ventilated correctly. They will also inspect and treat any damp problems in your loft, before laying insulation. Call us on 0800 012 1437 for no obligation advice on loft insulation. Alternatively, fill our contact form and a member of the team will get back to you.