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5 Things To Consider When Insulating Your Loft

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A staggering 25% of heat lost from an un-insulated home escapes through the loft and roof, which is why insulating your loft should be high on your DIY to do list!

Not only will you make your home all cozy and warm you’ll also save yourself a fortune on heating bills, so make insulating your loft a priority this winter!

Whether you’re an expert or have limited DIY experience insulating a loft is a simple process, in fact the hardest task is probably clearing out all the old junk you’ve thrown up there over the years! Giving you a help in hand we’ve come up with 5 things to consider when insulating your loft…

What Type of Roof Do You Have?

damageroofBGBefore getting started it’s important to consider what type of roof you have! The traditional sloping roof is more straightforward to insulate than the flat type and may require different materials!

After getting rid of the old Christmas trees, unused golf clubs and other junk that’s found its way into your loft over the years make sure you conduct a thorough inspection of the loft, checking the roof for any damage and highlighting any potential hazards such as electrical cables and pipes that may need to be avoided during the installation process.

What If There Is Existing Insulation In Your Loft?

roofBGIt’s more than likely that your loft will already contain some form of insulation, if this is the case then there are two different ways you can go about your work. Either remove it all completely and replace it with new, high quality materials or top up the existing insulation to the recommended 270mm thickness if you’re looking to save a bob or two.

What Tools Are Required?

toolsBGMake sure you’re equipped with all the relevant tools so you can get the job done on time and as quickly as possible! A measuring tape is vital for obvious reasons whilst scissors or a knife should be used to accurately cut the insulation into shape! PVA glue should also be used to secure the insulation in place.

For your personal safety it’s important to wear goggles, gloves, dust masks, overalls and knee pads, all of which are available in our Personal Protective Equipment section!

Different Types of Insulation

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Varying in quality and cost different types of insulation are available. Cheap as chips, Glass fibre wool is extremely effective but if it comes into contact with your skin you’ll be itching for days, so if you opt for this material make sure you wear appropriate safety equipment!

A little more expensive, Mineral Wool is much more fire-resistant but has the same insulation benefits and itchy characteristics as Glass Fibre Wool. Sheep’s Wool is the daddy of loft insulation! Although much more expensive it’s easy to tear and shape into place which makes installation ten times easier and quicker!

Storage After Installation

After completing the installation process you’ll need to consider somewhere new to place all your junk… Unfortunately you can’t store items on top of the insulation as it will significantly reduce its thermal performance and what’s the point in going to all that effort if it’s not going to make that much of a difference?

If there's no other alternative, loft legs can be installed creating a raised platform above the insulation! So you can have a toasty warm house whilst not having to throw out all those old Christmas trees that the missus believes will be useful further down the line…

For more information on insulating your loft or if you’d like professional advice on our selection of products suitable for use in the loft then feel free to contact us! Give us a call on 01706 390626 or drop us a mention on Twitter and one of our experts will get back to you as soon as possible!

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