May 5, 2022

Underfloor Insulation Guide

To achieve a Net Zero UK, carbon emissions from buildings must be reduced to zero, which includes your house. Underfloor Insulation is one of the low-cost options for lowering carbon emissions and saving energy and money.

 

Uninsulated floors may lose up to 15% of your home’s heat, so make sure the bottom floor and any upper rooms above unheated regions are well insulated. According to the Energy Saving Trust, adding underfloor insulation may save you up to £65 per year on heating expenses and 290kg of CO2.

 

If you need a fast repair for a chilly home, there are a number of inexpensive choices available, many of which may be installed yourself. If you want to properly insulate your house, the expense might be substantial, so time it with any other renovations you’re planning.

 

Underfloor insulation’s advantages

The advantages of floor insulation may be substantial. If floors are not insulated to a decent quality, 10-20% of heat loss from a building may be lost via them. According to the Energy Saving Trust, floor insulation may save you £40-£65 on your energy bill. When you consider additional benefits like insulating the rest of your house and the amount of time you’ll be in your home, the savings may pile up quickly.

 

Heat loss/waste is reduced.

Because heat rises, adequately insulating your home means keeping more heat inside. Look around the home to see if you can detect any draughts. Then you may use underfloor insulation to get rid of them. While you’re at it, consider loft insulation to eliminate draughts through the ceilings, such as those caused by loft hatches spilling hot air into the chilly roof area. The combination of cold air passing through the flooring and hot air escaping via holes in a loft hatch may rapidly lose heat. And you’ll have to pay for what you lose due to the floors on your bill.

 

Spend less.

You may save money by properly insulating suspended wood flooring (and for some this could mean avoiding or alleviating fuel poverty). With floor (and roof) insulation, you can retain more heat inside your home while lowering your energy use (and hence your cost) and keeping your house warm.

 

It requires little to no upkeep.

Once installed, underfloor insulation requires no upkeep.

 

It ensures that your house is prepared for the future.

Many older homes, unlike modern structures, were not designed with floor insulation, therefore by investing in floor insulation, you may bring your property up to date and enhance your EPC scores.

 

What are my alternatives for underfloor insulation?

Is underfloor insulation necessary? That could be your first inquiry. If you’re still undecided, seek expert help or contact the Energy Saving Trust. Once you’ve determined that floor insulation is required, verify your local building codes to ensure that any work you conduct meets these requirements. (This may be done by your installer or by visiting your local Building Control Office.)

 

What is the best way to insulate your floor?

Hardwood floor insulation is a kind of insulation that is used to keep wooden floors warm (also called suspended timber floors). This will include elevating the flooring and insulating the joists with mineral wool or rigid foam insulation. You may do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you. Then, using a special flexible sealant between the boards, you may fill any holes in your floors.

 

For use on concrete flooring. If your house is recent, the bottom level is most likely composed of concrete. Solid flooring, as opposed to suspended floors, should be less prone to heat loss. However, by spreading a fresh layer of firm foam insulation on top, you can still insulate them. Chipboard and your selected floor covering would normally conceal this. However, keep in mind that doing so will elevate the floor level.

 

Top to bottom: insulating your loft is a must if you own a property with one. It’s as easy as unrolling a rug to install loft insulation. In your loft or roof, a mineral fibre material is spread between the joists and then over the joists. This thick covering traps heat that would otherwise be lost through the ceiling and keeps draughts out.

 

Check the typical suspects of doors, radiator pipes, flooring, and chimneys for draughts. All of these may be efficiently sealed/managed using a specific sealer available at your local DIY shop.

 

Add carpets to the mix. If you have wooden flooring, you can keep the heat in by using rugs and carpets, as well as caulking the crevices between the boards.

 

How much will underfloor insulation set you back?

The cost varies depending on whether you do it yourself or hire pros. If you are qualified for the government’s ECO programme award, which is granted to assist homeowners improve their home’s energy efficiency, it may also cost you nothing.

 

Call us on 01325 466016 to see whether you qualify for free or subsidised insulation for your home. We’ll arrange up a free, no-obligation assessment with one of our expert installers who will come to your house to examine its suitability. It’s well worth your time. If you receive the go ahead, it will not only be free to install, but it will also save you money in the long run.

 

If you are not eligible for the ECO scheme, Elite Group offers interest free finance with no upfront cost on all installs. Contact us today for a quote.

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