Most homes are insulated, but not effectively. Without proper insulation, around half of your heat will be lost through your walls and roof. This is not only a complete waste of money, but can also lead to problems with condensation and damp. If this is not appropriately dealt with, it could result in mould growth which can cause breathing and health problems.
Normally lasting for at least 40 years, loft insulation is a worthwhile investment and the ideal step to ensuring your home is energy efficient and your bills aren’t rocketing. As well as helping you save money in the long run, it will also prevent your loft from getting too stuffy in the summer months and keep it warm in the winter.
Your Insulation Options
Presuming your loft is already being used as a living space, you can insulate the roof itself rather than the floor. If your loft is easily accessible, does not have a flat roof and does not have damp problems, it is likely that you will be able to insulate it yourself.
There are three main types of insulation which can be fitted in rafters of your converted loft space. These are rigid insulation, flexible insulation and thermal lining boards. Rigid insulation is a more expensive option, but also more effective. The boards must be cut to the appropriate size so that they fit tightly. Make sure you consider the thickness of the insulation material, because it could potentially reduce head room on a sloping roof.
The type of windows in your loft is also an important factor to consider, because they too can be a substantial source of heat loss. This can be limited by double or triple glazing, which can also block out noise pollution. How you use your loft will be the deciding factor regarding the best way to insulate it.
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