LOFT INSULATION

LOFT INSULATION

Free Loft Insulation Grants available in Cardiff, Bridgend, Newport, Swansea, Caerphilly and throughout South Wales (provided there is no more than 100mm (4 inches) of existing loft insulation).

Loft Insulation is not free in all cases, and will depend on a number of factors. These factors will decide the level of funding.

How is Loft Insulation Funded?

It’s all about reducing carbon emissions.

The UK Government have massive international targets to reduce Carbon Emissions.

 By an Act of Parliament the UK Government passed the buck to the Gas and Electricity companies and gave them a Legal Obligation to reduce Carbon Emissions. This is called the Energy Companies Obligation or ECO for short.

The Gas and Electricity companies buy “carbon emission savings” to of-set the carbon missions that they produce.

So, the carbon emissions saved by insulating a loft are sold to the energy companies. The money received from the energy company is the value of the Grant.

Carbon emissions saved = the value of the Grant

How much carbon emissions will be saved by insulating a Loft? This will depend on a number of factors.

  • The number of bedrooms. The property size is assumed on the number of bedrooms. So a 4 bedroom property will save more carbon emissions than a 2 bedroom property.

  • The detachment of the property. A detached property will save more carbon emissions than a semi detached which will save more than a terraced property.

  • The heating fuel in the property. Electricity with save more than Coal, which will save more than LPG, which will save more than Oil, which will save more than Mains Gas.

The end result of all this is that loft insulation will always be free in Electric, Coal and LPG heated properties.

Oil heated properties will be free, apart from terraced properties.

And Mains Gas heated properties will very rarely be free.

We do of course undertake work where the customer simply pays for the job where no funding is available, i.e. where the existing insulation is greater that 100mm (4 inches), or they do not qualify for a Grant.

Give us a call now on 0800 8 10 10 60 or 07960 799683

to book a free no obligation survey.

Is my Loft suitable for insulating?

A full and thorough survey of the loft space is carried out, including a health and safety survey, to ascertain it’s suitability.

Any findings or concerns are then discussed with the customer.

These could include but are not limited to – damp, ceiling cracks, high amp cables, down-lighters, wasps nests, evidence of rodents, condensation, shallow lofts with less than 1 metre head height etc.

If Bats are present, you cannot have your loft insulated- it’s illegal. They are a protected species, and must not be disturbed.

However, the loft can be insulated during their “away period”.

How is Loft insulation installed?

We don’t use the “itchy stuff” any more.

We use what can be described as a “quilt” which the manufactures state “you could comfortably sleep on”.

The rolls are brought into the house in “poly bags” and taken into the loft, where the insulation is removed from the bags.

The first layer of insulation is then laid between the joists. A second layer is then laid at right angles to the first layer, that is across the joists, therefore “sealing off” the insulation below.

The recommended depth of loft insulation is 270mm ( 11 inches).

Our technicians will then ensure that there is sufficient ventilation within the loft space.

Each loft will have it’s own set of circumstances such as down-lighters, electricity cables etc. but these would have been noted during the initial survey and discussed with the customer.

An average semi-detached house would take less than 2 hours to insulate. The empty bags are removed from the loft and no mess to be seen.

All our technicians are fully insured.

Methodist Church, Blackwood.

This is a church loft that we insulated in Blackwood.

It has a beautiful “barrell” ceiling.

It could only be done by blowing insulation into the loft space. It was potentially too dangerous to try and lay the insulation. The area of the loft was 325sqm, that’s equivalent to about 6 semi detached houses.

Rafter Insulation

We do not install “rafter” insulation. There are 2 main reasons for this.

Firstly, we just don’t see the point of it.

Yes, it stops the heat from leaving the house, but does not stop the heat from leaving the “living space”. It only serves to heat the loft space – great if you are growing plants in the loft.

However our second reason is somewhat scary.

Rafter insulation normally takes the form of “foam insulation” and this forms a bond with the roof. I had read horror stories online where a problem had arisen with a tile letting in water. Owing to the bond formed by the foam insulation the whole roof had to be removed.

In August 2016 I had a call from a customer in Whitchurch, Cardiff where that exact same situation had arisen. The customer had to have the roof replaced at a cost of £7,000.

Loft Insulation is supposed to save you money –  not cost you £1,000’s.

Give us a call now on 0800 8 10 10 60 or 07960 799683

to book a free no obligation survey.