According to the Energy Saving Trust (EST), up to a quarter of heat can be lost through an uninsulated loft. Loft insulation, which is a relatively low-cost energy-saving measure to install, can significantly reduce your energy bills and you’ll benefit from improved comfort too.
In this guide to loft insulation, we will tell you everything you need to know when considering having this energy-saving measure installed.
What are the benefits of loft insulation?
- Savings on your energy bills
- Reduce heat loss – warmer home in the winter, cooler in the summer
- Improved living conditions which are vital to health and wellbeing
- Good for the environment – helps to reduce your carbon footprint
- Your home will be more energy efficient with an improved EPC rating.
All the above are great benefits to having loft insulation installed. Moreover, if you are thinking about upgrading your heating system in the future to a low-carbon alternative, such as an air source heat pump, you will be required to have your home insulated. Therefore, future-proofing your home now is a great idea.
Are there loft insulation grants?
There are loft insulation grants available if you meet the qualifying criteria. There is funding for householders who are owner occupiers or privately rent. Unlike other energy efficiency schemes out there, you don’t have to receive a qualifying benefit. Your home simply needs to be in Council Tax Bands A to D, to benefit from not only fully funded loft insulation but cavity wall insulation too.
The loft insulation funding is available for those with no existing insulation and for householders who just require a loft top-up.
How much loft insulation do I need?
The recommended amount of loft insulation for maximum effectiveness is 270mm or 10-12 inches.
How is loft insulation installed?
The Loft Insulation Technicians arrive at your home and roll out the first layer between the joists if no insulation is present. They will then cross-lay the final layer.
How long does it take to insulate a loft?
Installing loft insulation can take on average up to two hours. This could vary for larger properties with bigger loft spaces.
Do I need to clear my loft before installation?
Yes, you do. It can be daunting thinking about clearing your loft space, especially if you are one of those who store items from years gone by, mixed in with a Christmas Tree or two.
On the positive, try to see it as an opportunity for a clearing-out exercise.
Loft Insulation Technicians need a clear loft to insulate it effectively, therefore moving old boxes and stored objects is necessary before the installation.
I want to use my loft space for storage. Can I board over my loft insulation?
The installer can leave a small section close to your hatch for storage, boarding over your insulation is not recommended as once laid the insulation will recover to the depth installed. Boarding directly over the top will interfere with the performance of the insulation and recovery.
What if I have no ladder to the loft space?
Loft Insulation Technicians will set up access equipment to enter the loft. It is best practice, for Technicians to use company-issued ladders for health and safety reasons unless existing ladders are secured to the loft hatch.
How big does the loft height have to be for installers to work in it?
A loft height of 1.4 meters is required for Loft Insulation Technicians to work safely whilst installing loft insulation.
Can I still install loft insulation if I have a small loft hatch?
Yes, you can, as the rolls can be split. Recommended minimum loft hatch size is 300mm x 450mm.
Is there much mess when loft insulation is installed?
Reputable installers on entering your home will lay down dust sheets and a floor protector to minimise any mess.
Why get loft insulation professionally installed?
Some people choose to insulate their loft themselves. However, it’s best to bring in an experienced installer to insulate your loft most effectively. They have the expertise, and safety equipment and should have the necessary accreditations – like the TrustMark accreditation. It also removes the hassle of laying insulation in a hot and uncomfortable environment.