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Will External Wall Insulation Stop Mould?

 

Mould is a homeowner’s nightmare. This smelly, fungal spore thrives in wet and damp conditions, and is costly to remove as well as having potentially serious effects on the health of the home’s occupants.

There are many ways to damp and mould proof your home, but one of the most effective methods is to install external wall insulation. This is a big structural improvement to a property, so in this article, the experts at Danford, Brewer & Ives examine the effectiveness of external wall insulation in stopping mould.

Here’s our answer to the question, ‘Will external wall insulation stop mould?’

What Is External Wall Insulation?

You might be wondering how external wall insulation could stop mould. After all, aren’t insulating materials designed to insulate, rather than protect against problems like damp and mould?

You’re not wrong. External wall insulation is most commonly installed against solid stone walls. It adds an extra layer to the outside of a home, leaving a cavity space that can be filled with insulating materials. This stops heat from escaping, thereby saving you money on your energy bills while also helping the environment.

External wall insulation has the added advantage of being waterproof. Because it’s installed on the outside of a building, the materials used need to be able to withstand British weather, so they are commonly constructed from resistant, impermeable materials that create a waterproof barrier.

It’s this waterproof feature that ensures external wall insulation can help you to fight mould.

Will External Wall Insulation Stop Mould?

Mould needs moisture to survive. In damp, wet conditions, it’s quite easy for a mould problem to get out of control as it spreads throughout a home.

Mould is commonly caused by water seeping into walls from the outside. With the addition of an external, waterproof layer on the outside of the home, you’re protecting your household against one of the primary causes of mould. If water can’t get inside the walls or into the masonry and timbers, then mould will find it difficult to survive without the moisture it needs.

So, will external wall insulation stop mould? Yes. Although it can be a costly addition to a home, external wall insulation is waterproof and highly effective at combating damp, mould, leaks and seeping water that would otherwise cause damage to your property and could prove hazardous to human health.

The upfront installation costs are generally recouped as you save on repairs and maintenance, too. And don’t forget, the primary goal of external wall insulation is to stop heat from escaping, so you’ll also save significant amounts of energy and money over time.

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Is a Damp Proof Membrane Necessary?

 

Damp proof membranes form an effective barrier against moisture. When properly installed, they offer protection against damp, mould and many other serious problems that can affect your property.

Many homeowners wonder if having a damp proof membrane installed is worth the cost, so in this article we explain why a damp proof membrane is so important.

Find out more as the experts at Danford, Brewer & Ives answer the question, ‘Is a damp proof membrane necessary?

What Is a Damp Proof Membrane?

A damp proof membrane is a thick sheet of waterproof materials, usually plastic composites, which is installed as a barrier to stop water from seeping into a property.

A damp proof membrane, or DPM, is required to be a minimum of 1200 gauge in thickness and is commonly installed above or below floorboards, and on the inside or outside of a property’s walls.

Is a Damp Proof Membrane Necessary?

So, is a damp proof membrane necessary? The short answer is yes, because a damp proof membrane can help protect your home against a variety of potentially serious issues.

As a waterproof barrier, damp proof membranes protect against moisture and water leaking into the walls, floorboards, timbers and masonry. This stops damp from forming, mould from spreading, and fungal spores from taking hold throughout the house.

Without a damp proof membrane, moisture can quickly spread through a property. If left unchecked, issues like damp and mould can cause serious structural problems, they can be costly to repair, and they can prove hazardous to human health.

An effective damp proof membrane, while also protecting against damp and mould, has the added bonus of being a useful insulator. It creates an impermeable barrier, trapping heat and lowering a property’s energy output. This not only helps you to save money on your gas or electric bills, but it’s an excellent way to save resources while helping the environment.

How Effective Is a Damp Proof Membrane?

A damp proof membrane has the potential to create a very effective barrier against moisture and water, but only if properly installed across your property.

Damp proof membranes can be cut to size and installed in such a way that they overlap, meaning there’s no way water can get through and into your home. Damp proof membranes are most effective when they are used in conjunction with a damp proof course and other damp proofing methods.

It’s always recommended to have a damp proof membrane installed professionally. A damp proofing specialist can identify the most strategic locations in your household for installation, ensuring that the damp proof membrane can function as both a waterproof and an insulating barrier.

Contact Danford, Brewer & Ives to Find Out More About Damp Proof Membranes

For more information and advice on installing damp proof membranes, please contact our friendly team on 01765 804050 or fill in our online contact form.

Our experienced specialists will be on hand and ready to offer expert advice tailored to resolve your problem.

 


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Is It Worth Getting External Wall Insulation?

 

Is it worth getting external wall insulation? That’s a question we often hear at Danford, Brewer & Ives.

We understand why people are concerned, and that’s because external wall insulation can be a major change to the outside structure of your home. Plus it doesn’t come cheap.

However, external wall insulation not only saves you money on your energy bills, but it can help your home become greener and more environmentally friendly. If you’re wondering, ‘Is it worth getting external wall insulation?’ read our guide to its main advantages.

What Is External Wall Insulation?

External wall insulation is designed to add an extra, insulating layer to a home. It’s most commonly installed on top of solid stone walls, which often cause a property to lose large quantities of heat.

External wall insulation creates a cavity space, within which insulating materials can be added. This stops heat from escaping, which in theory lowers your energy bills and saves you money.

Is It Worth Getting External Wall Insulation?

But is it worth getting external wall insulation, considering it’s a costly improvement to a property? Here are the major benefits of having external wall insulation installed:

  • Keep your home warm in winter
  • Save money on energy bills
  • Help the environment
  • Protect against damp and mould
  • Change the outside look of your home

As you can see, there are several advantages to be gained from installing external wall insulation. You save energy but your home stays warmer in winter, while you’re also playing your part in helping the environment by lowering your carbon footprint.

As well as being a great insulator, external wall insulation also has the added advantage of protecting against damp and mould. External wall insulation is waterproof, and it creates an impermeable barrier that stops water from seeping into your home. As a further bonus, external wall insulation can be stylish. It could be the smart new addition you need to tidy up the exterior of your property.

For many customers, the most important factor is cost. Financially, is it worth getting external wall insulation?

There’s no doubt that external wall insulation is a major addition to your property, and that comes with associated costs – particularly if you want the work carried out professionally and with the best materials. However, external wall insulation is guaranteed to save you money on your energy bills. Over several years, you’ll make back the upfront costs and then start saving, while the value of your property is certainly going to improve, too.

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What Does a Damp Proof Membrane Do?

 

Homeowners looking to protect their property should always ensure that there’s a damp proof membrane installed.

A damp proof membrane is a cost-effective way to avoid serious problems, such as damp, mould, rot, and more, while also helping to save energy by keeping houses insulated.

If you’re wondering whether your home needs a damp proof membrane, read on as the experts at Danford, Brewer & Ives answer the important question, ‘What does a damp proof membrane do?’

What Is a Damp Proof Membrane?

A damp proof membrane is an effective form of waterproofing that creates a protective barrier against damp and moisture. A damp proof membrane commonly consists of a durable sheet of plastic material produced to a government-regulated thickness that’s a minimum of 1200 gauge.

A damp proof membrane should always be installed by a damp proofing specialist, as it should be installed in key locations throughout a property. A damp proof membrane can be installed either above or below the floor or against the interior or exterior of a property’s walls.

What Does a Damp Proof Membrane Do?

So what does a damp proof membrane do? The main purpose of a waterproof damp proof membrane is to stop moisture from seeping into the walls, floors, timbers or masonry of a building.

By creating a waterproof barrier in strategic locations, a damp proof membrane protects a home against the potential dangers created by damp and moisture.

Damp can swiftly move through a building if there’s no protection against it, using capillary action to move from one wall to the next. If left untreated, damp can cause serious structural damage, wood rot, mould and fungal infections. Many of these issues can be costly to repair, while damp and mould can be hazardous to human health, too.

Importantly, damp proof membranes also act as useful insulators. When installed against walls or below floorboards, damp proof membranes act as insulating barriers, trapping heat and saving energy.

The energy-saving capacity of a damp proof membrane ensures that it’s a cost-effective addition to a home. Over time, the cost of the installation is generally recouped and exceeded by the potential energy savings that can be made over the course of several years.

How Effective Is a Damp Proof Membrane?

A damp proof membrane forms a protective barrier against problems like damp, mould and condensation.

However, for a damp proof membrane to be at its most effective, it should always be installed by a professional. A damp proof membrane can be installed in such a way that individual sheets overlap with one another; this ensures there are no gaps, and that your home is protected by an impermeable barrier.

Contact Danford, Brewer & Ives, to find out more about damp proof membranes.

For more information and advice on installing damp proof membranes, then please contact our friendly team on 01765 804050 or fill in our online contact form.

Our experienced specialists will be on hand and ready to offer expert advice tailored to resolve your problem.


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How Can I Save Energy in My Home?

 

Saving energy in the home is not only an excellent way to lower energy bills, but it’s a fantastic way to help the environment, too.

From installing extra loft insulation to having solid walls insulated, there are lots of effective ways to save energy in your home.

Savvy homeowners are always looking for ways to save money and lower their energy bills. To help you, the experts at Danford, Brewer & Ives explain the best ways to save energy in the home.

Why Is Saving Energy at Home So Important?

Saving energy has become an important aspect of being a homeowner. High-energy usage always results in higher energy bills – and that costs money.

In almost all cases, high-energy output can be put down to poor insulation. Large quantities of heat are lost through the walls and roof. Insulating them therefore allows heat to be retained inside the home, thereby lowering the amount of gas or electricity needed to keep the home at a constant temperature. Lower energy use then means lower bills.

Perhaps just as important as saving money are the environmental impacts attached to energy saving. Saving energy by making your home more energy-efficient ensures that you consume fewer resources in the long term. In an age of dwindling energy supplies, this is a big help for the planet.

What Are the Best Energy-Saving Methods?

Energy-saving can be as simple as keeping windows and doors closed when the heating is on in winter, but to create a truly energy-efficient home, it’s important to look beyond this.

A well-insulated home is an energy-efficient home. Making improvements to a building’s structure or insulating capabilities is guaranteed to lower energy bills and save you money in the long term.

Here at Danford, Brewer & Ives, our energy-saving experts have identified the best ways to save energy in the home. The following are the most efficient ways to make changes to a building for long-term energy-saving wins:

  • Solid stone wall insulation
  • Solid brick wall insulation
  • Internal wall insulation
  • Brick wall waterproofing
  • Masonry waterproofing cream
  • Damp proof course
  • Loft insulation

Different homes require different approaches to energy saving, so it’s important to seek professional advice if you’re looking to make energy-saving changes. While older Victorian houses will benefit the most from having solid stone wall insulation installed, more modern houses may benefit from having more effective loft insulation installed below the roof.

Let’s take a look at the different energy-saving methods in more detail, so you can understand which approaches would work best and be most effective in your home.

Solid Stone Wall Insulation

Solid stone walls were a common feature of houses in the United Kingdom during the Victorian era, and many older houses still retain solid stone walls to this day. While solid stone walls are sturdy and easy to build, as insulating and heating techniques have become more effective, it’s become apparent that solid walls are incredibly poor insulators.

Solid stone walls have no space where hot air can be trapped. This means that heat from inside the home easily escapes through the walls. Solid stone is a poor insulator and cold pockets quickly form in winter, causing the house as a whole to become colder and requiring a much higher energy output to keep the home heated.

But older houses with solid stone walls can be brought up to date and made energy efficient with the addition of solid stone wall insulation. This involves an extra insulating material being attached to the inside or outside of the wall, leaving a gap between the stone wall and the new layer of material. The cavity space that’s created is then filled with insulating materials (such as insulating foam). This method is incredibly effective, as the cavity space traps hot air, keeping homes warmer for longer and significantly lowering energy usage.

Solid Brick Wall Insulation

Solid brick walls have exactly the same insulating problems as solid stone walls, and they are a common feature of older houses dating back to the Victorian era.

Solid brick walls are constructed from a single layer of brick, and that makes insulation very difficult. Hot air can’t be trapped and it simply escapes to the outside, thereby forcing a homeowner to spend more money keeping their home’s temperature constant.

Solid brick walls can be considerably improved with the addition of solid brick wall insulation. This is achieved through the addition of an extra layer of material to the wall, usually inside the home. This extra layer creates a cavity – a space that’s filled with insulating materials.

As the cavity space traps hot air, energy usage is lowered. Heat remains inside the home, rather than dissipating to the outside. Solid walls are the worst possible insulators, so anyone with solid brick walls can save huge amounts of energy by having solid brick wall insulation installed.

Internal Wall Insulation

Modern homes are no longer built with solid walls, but are ordinarily constructed with cavity walls specifically designed to insulate the building. However, homes can still lose as much as 50 per cent of their energy through the walls, particularly if poor quality insulation was installed or if the insulation has been damaged.

If your home is particularly cold, you have high energy bills or can feel cold spots on the walls, there’s a good chance you need extra internal wall insulation installed. In older buildings, there’s also a chance that no internal wall insulation has ever been installed previously – this is a common occurrence if walls have been built from solid stone or solid brick.

Internal wall insulation generally consists of effective insulating materials – such as foam boards – being used to line the interior walls of a home. This adds much needed extra insulation, and that allows heat to be retained and energy savings to be made.

Brick Wall Waterproofing

Heat escaping through the walls isn’t the only problem that homeowners face when insulating their homes. Brick walls, as well as being insulated, also need to be waterproofed in order to be as energy-efficient as possible.

If brick walls aren’t adequately sealed, then porous bricks allow water to flow from the outside in. This not only allows cold spots to form but it disrupts cavity insulation, as wet insulation does not trap heat well. Prolonged exposure to moisture also leads to more serious damp and mould problems, which can be costly to fix. Damp and mould have the potential to cause serious structural issues to a home, while they can also lead to respiratory illnesses if residents are exposed for an extended period of time.

Brick wall waterproofing is the best solution for sealing brickwork. Waterproofing involves a sealant or cream being applied to the external walls of a house, where brickwork is exposed to the elements. Brick wall waterproofing is cost effective and long lasting, and energy savings are made as walls remain waterproofed and well insulated.

Masonry Waterproofing Cream

Masonry waterproof cream is another solution for homeowners needing to seal their walls to protect against damp.

Masonry waterproofing cream can be applied to external walls that let water into a home. The cream can be applied to a variety of masonry materials to create an effective waterproof seal that acts as a barrier to water and moisture.

Masonry waterproofing is long lasting and protects against issues such as damp and mould, which are caused by water seeping through walls. Waterproofing helps homeowners to save energy, as insulating materials are protected against moisture while an added layer helps to stop heat from escaping. With less heat escaping, homeowners can save money on their energy bills thanks to masonry waterproofing cream.

Damp Proof Course

Damp problems are a major cause of energy loss, as damp walls and floors are incredibly poor insulators. Damp is often the result of water or moisture working its way into the home from outside the building. The best way to combat this is by having a damp proof course installed.

A modern damp proof course has to be injected into the masonry. This creates a waterproof seal that stops water from seeping through into the walls from outside the building.

A damp proof course keeps homes watertight, which ensures walls and floors are fully protected against leaks, moisture and dampness. In turn, this ensures that the insulation in the walls isn’t wet or damp, allowing it to do its job and stop hot air from escaping. A damp proof course then is an effective way to save energy by keeping your home insulated.

As well as keeping energy bills low, homeowners should consider that a damp proof course is vital for a healthy home environment. If damp is allowed to take hold in a home, it can lead to structural dangers as well as issues such as mould, all of which are hazardous to human health.

Modern homes are fitted with a damp proof course as standard, but they need to be inspected regularly and replaced if they have moved or been damaged.

Loft Insulation

As much as 25 per cent of a home’s energy loss can occur through the roof, so it’s important for homeowners to insulate their lofts.

Loft insulation techniques vary, as it depends on the available space and whether or not the loft is used for storage or has been converted.

For large loft spaces that aren’t in use, the simplest insulation method is filling the open space with insulating materials. This turns the loft into an effective insulator, as hot air that rises is trapped by the insulating materials. Rather than escaping through the roof, the hot air keeps the house warm for longer.

Many people choose to use their loft as a storage space or an extra room. If this is the case, then it’s not possible to fill the loft with foam insulation. Instead, a second layer of flooring can be added, usually made of plyboard or similar materials. This creates a cavity space that can be filled with insulation. Hot air is trapped and the house remains warm, while the loft can still be used as a storage space.

The inside of the roof can also be lined with insulation in the same way, a technique that keeps the loft space warm. This is the best method if the loft has been converted into a living space or extra bedroom.

Energy-Saving Surveys

The methods outlined in this article require professional installation to ensure they are installed correctly. Some energy-saving methods, particularly solid wall insulation, can be disruptive to install, so it’s important to make sure that this is the best method for your home before work begins.

For these reasons, we recommend having an energy-saving survey carried out on your property. Energy-saving experts can identify the best areas to make improvements, and recommend the most cost-effective methods where the biggest energy-saving gains can be made.

Danford, Brewer & Ives has a specialist energy-saving team that carry out surveys and can identify the best ways to save energy. We understand that every home is different, so every survey needs to be tailored to each property. Our team provides analysis and recommendations, before we then carry out the work needed to make your home energy efficient.

Costs for energy-saving work vary from one home to the next, but energy-saving improvements should always be seen as an investment. Upfront costs for work will be recouped through lower energy bills in the long term, while you’ll also be helping the environment by lowering your home’s energy usage.

Contact Danford, Brewer & Ives to Find Out How You Can Save Energy in Your Home

If you’re looking to lower your energy bills by improving your home’s insulation, then the team at Danford, Brewer & Ives are ready to help you.

Contact our friendly, professional staff for more information on the best ways to save energy, and to book your energy saving survey today.

 


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Why Are My Walls So Cold?

 

Do the walls of your lounge feel cold when you touch them? Or perhaps the bedroom walls are frigid at night when the rest of the room is toasty and warm in winter?

If you’ve got cold walls, then you’ve got an insulation problem. If you notice cold walls in your home, don’t ignore them, because cold walls lead to heat and energy loss; they can even become a source of damp.

Read on as our experts explain why your walls are so cold, and what can be done to warm them up.

What Is Causing My Cold Walls?

Simply put, cold walls are caused by poor insulation. If your home is poorly insulated, it means that heat from inside the home is easily escaping to the outside. Warm air moves from inside the rooms, passing through the walls to be lost outside.

Without insulation, there’s no barrier to keep the heat in. Because the walls aren’t acting as insulators and trapping heat, the walls feel cold when you touch them.

There can be several underlying causes of poor insulation in your home. In older houses, there’s often no cavity wall in place, so hot air is readily lost through solid walls. Even in modern homes, insulation can simply be lacking or damp issues could be causing wider insulation problems and cold walls.

Should I Be Worried About Cold Walls?

Cold walls are a problem. If cold patches are forming, it means that you’re losing heat through the walls. In fact, homeowners don’t often realise that buildings lose as much as 50 per cent of their heat through walls. With cold walls, this percentage goes up dramatically.

This means that you’ll be paying out huge sums on unnecessarily high energy bills, which isn’t great for your wallet or for the environment.

Cold walls also lead to damp problems. This occurs when hot air collides with the cold patches on the wall. Condensation will start to build up and, if left unchecked, this could lead to structural damage.

How Can I Warm Up and Insulate My Walls?

The most effective fix for cold walls is to install insulation. The best way to go about insulating your home varies from property to property, so it’s important to have an energy-saving survey carried out by a professional.

If you have existing cavity walls, this is a simple fix, as you’ll be able to fill the cavity with extra insulating materials. If you have solid walls, then insulation becomes trickier, as a second layer of material will need to be built adjacent to the wall, before being filled with insulation.

Because cold walls are often associated with damp, any sources of moisture or damp will also need to be removed from a home. Waterproof damp proofing membranes can help with insulation, too.

Contact Danford, Brewer & Ives for More Information on Insulating Cold Walls and Energy Efficiency

For more information and advice on insulating cold walls, then please contact our friendly team on 01765 804050 or fill in our online contact form. Our experienced specialists will be on hand and ready to offer expert advice tailored to resolve your problem.

 


The Effect of Wall Insulation on Energy Efficiency

The Effect of Wall Insulation on Energy Efficiency

 

Effective wall insulation is a must-have for homeowners looking to create an energy-efficient house that’s both environmentally friendly and has low-cost gas and electric bills.

Older homes dating back to the Victorian era (and sometimes more recently) were built without cavity walls and wall insulation to keep in the heat. Therefore they’re incredibly inefficient when it comes to energy efficiency.

Don’t worry though, because older homes can be upgraded with new wall insulation. As we’ll explain in the following post, the effects on energy efficiency are exceptional.

What Is Wall Insulation?

Before we look at how wall insulation affects energy efficiency, it’s good to know what we mean when we’re talking about wall insulation.

There are a variety of methods for installing wall insulation using a range of different materials. The overall goal of wall insulation is to keep heat and energy inside a home by forming an insulating barrier that traps heat and stops it from escaping.

Wall insulation can be as simple as a plyboard wall that’s filled with foam insulation, and there are different types of wall insulation for inside and outside the home.

How Does Wall Insulation Work?

Modern homes have wall insulation installed as standard. These usually take the form of cavity walls, which create a double layer of wall (an inner and outer) leaving a gap in the middle that traps air and is filled with insulating materials.

Older homes don’t have this. Victorian homes were built with solid brick or stone walls. There’s just one layer of wall, and that’s bad for insulating. Rather than hot air being trapped between the walls and in the insulating material, cold pockets easily form and hot air simply escapes.

Wall insulation aims to replicate cavity walls. A second layer of ‘wall’ is constructed either internally (inside a room) or externally (on the outside of the wall). This second layer creates a gap that can be filled with insulation.

Does Wall Insulation Improve Energy Efficiency?

There’s no doubt that wall insulation improves energy efficiency. If your home has a single, solid wall, then you are guaranteed to be losing massive amounts of energy that could otherwise be saved.

Installing wall insulation allows you to effectively trap heat before it leaves the building. Once installed, the insulation stops heat from being lost through the walls, which therefore saves energy from being lost, too.

Ultimately this helps you, the homeowner, to save money on your energy bills (despite the upfront cost of installing wall insulation, you save money in the long term). Perhaps more importantly wall insulation allows you to reduce your energy consumption, which is fantastic for the environment.

Contact Danford, Brewer & Ives for More Information on Wall Insulation

For more information and advice on wall insulation and energy efficiency, please contact our friendly team on 01765 804050 or fill in our online contact form. Our experienced specialists will be on hand and ready to offer expert advice tailored to resolve your problem.

 


Internal Solid Wall Installation Costs and Savings

Internal Solid Wall Installation Costs and Savings

 

Solid stone or brick walls are notoriously poor insulators. Without proper insulation, solid walls can cost homeowners hundreds of pounds in unnecessarily high energy bills every year.

But homeowners can undertake building work to install internal solid wall insulation throughout their home. This not only lowers energy bills and saves money, but it’s a positive step for the environment too.

If you’re a homeowner with solid walls and expensive bills, discover how internal solid wall insulation can save you money.

What Is Internal Solid Wall Insulation?

Internal solid wall insulation is a type of insulation that’s applied to the inside walls of a property, with the primary goal being to lower energy consumption by preventing heat loss.

Solid walls – usually found in older houses built before cavity walls were introduced – allow heat to escape easily, as there’s no way for it to be trapped.

Inside the home, solid wall insulation can consist of a number of different materials, but is generally composed of a protective layer (plyboard, for example) that’s filled with insulating materials (such as foam).

This internal layer acts as an insulator, effectively creating a barrier that stops heat from being lost through the solid wall.

How Much Does Internal Solid Wall Insulation Cost?

The costs of such building projects vary, but we can safely say that internal solid wall insulation is a cheaper option than external solid wall insulation – despite the upfront cost, you will save money in the long term.

Costs can vary from a few hundred pounds for a small room to be fitted with solid wall insulation, up to a few thousand for an entire home.

The main factors that determine the overall cost of a project include:

  • The size of the area being insulated (bigger houses will cost more to insulate).
  • The amount of time the project takes (more installation means higher costs).
  • The types of materials used in the project (some insulating materials are more expensive than others).
  • Other works that needs carrying out (for example, if plug sockets and electrics need to be moved and rewired).

Solid Wall Insulation Savings

Potential solid wall insulation savings can be excellent for homes that are burning through energy and paying expensive electricity or gas bills every month, particularly during winter.

As with the cost of installing insulation, the savings you are likely to make depend on a number of factors. The larger the home (and the more energy you lose through poor insulation), then the more savings you will make.

Remember, this is comparative. Smaller homes also benefit from savings, but the cost of insulating a smaller home is less than the cost of insulating a larger home.

Why Install Solid Wall Insulation?

The main reasons to install solid wall insulation are to save money and energy. Despite the initial upfront expenditure, you stand to make your investment costs back over several years through energy savings.

Just as importantly, those energy savings stand to help the environment by cutting down the resources your home consumes to stay warm.

Contact Danford, Brewer & Ives for Solid Wall Insulation Installation

For more information and advice on the savings you can make through internal solid wall insulation, please contact our friendly team on 01765 804050 or fill in our online contact form. Our experienced specialists will be on hand and ready to offer expert advice tailored to resolve your problem.

 


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How to Tell If Your House Is Well Insulated or Not

 

Poor insulation is a common problem in houses across the UK. For homeowners, poor insulation can lead to high energy bills and mounting repair costs if nothing is done about it.

But how can you tell if your house is well insulated or not? Aside from calling in the professionals to undertake an energy-saving survey of the building, there are several tell tale signs that homeowners can look for.

From frozen pipes to drafty rooms, here are nine warning signs that your home needs better insulation.

  1. Your Energy Bills Are Way Too High

The biggest giveaway that your home has poor insulation can be found in your energy bills. It’s a good idea to check what the average cost for gas and electricity is in your area – ask friends and families or run a quick Google search).

If your bills are considerably higher than average, then it’s often because you're letting out too much heat and using more energy than you should be. Likewise, keep tabs on your energy expenditure throughout the year; if it’s consistently going up, it’s a good idea to have an energy-saving survey carried out.

  1. Your Walls Are Cold

Cold walls are a sign that your home is poorly insulated. Buildings lose up to 50 per cent of their heat through the walls, and if the walls aren’t trapping heat (because there’s no insulation) then cold spots begin to form.

The same problem can occur in other areas of the home too, including ceilings, the roof, and doors that open to the outside.

  1. Your Home Is Drafty

Do you feel cold drafts of air when you walk through the property? If the windows and doors are closed but you’re being hit by cold air when you walk into a room, then your home’s insulation isn’t up to scratch.

Cold drafts can often enter the home through windows and doors that aren’t properly sealed, or that won’t close tightly. This also lets hot air out and increases your energy usage.

  1. Your House Is Leaking

Is your house leaking when there’s heavy rain? If the answer’s yes (even if there are just a few small leaks here and there), then it’s an important warning sign that the insulation isn’t working properly.

A fully insulated house will also be waterproof. If water is getting inside the home, then it means the roof, windows, doors or masonry are letting heat out as well.

  1. You Have a Serious Damp and Mould Problem

If water is getting inside the house because of poor insulation or if there are big cold spots on the walls, floors or ceilings, then you open your home up to serious damp and mould problems.

If you notice damp patches or if mould is growing in the bathroom, you’re guaranteed to have poor insulation (as well as a damp and mould problem that needs fixing!).

  1. Your Pipes Are Freezing Over

Poor insulation can lead to serious household problems if your pipes are freezing over. In winter, if the temperatures drop below freezing, then water pipes can freeze if they aren’t insulated against the cold.

This can lead to expensive repair jobs if the pipes are damaged, so it’s important to ensure that your home is effectively insulated before winter arrives.

  1. Your Home Never Gets Warm Enough in Winter

Poor insulation causes heat to escape from the house. In winter, this can be much more apparent when you’re trying to heat your home.

If you’re struggling to keep the house warm despite turning the heating up, then you’re losing too much heat through inadequate insulation.

  1. Your Home Gets Too Hot in Summer

Insulation is designed to keep heat inside during cold winters, but the best insulation is also designed to keep your home cool in the summer.

If your house gets overbearingly hot during the summer months, then you could be in need of more effective insulation.

  1. Your Rooms Have Massive Temperature Fluctuations

Central heating systems are designed to spread heat evenly throughout the home, so if you find that certain rooms or particular parts of the house are hotter and colder than others, it’s a sure-fire sign that some areas of the home are better insulated than others.

Take a stroll through the house when the heating is on, and see if the upstairs is colder than the downstairs, or if the living room heats up when the bedroom stays cold.

Contact Danford, Brewer & Ives for More Information on Insulation

For more information and advice on insulating your home, contact our friendly team on 01765 804050 or fill in our online contact form. Our experienced specialists will be on hand and ready to offer expert advice tailored to resolve your problem.

 


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How To Save Energy With Insulation

 

A well insulated home is the best way to save energy, lower energy bills and give the environment a little helping hand at the same time.

But with so many different forms of insulation available, it can be difficult to know the most effective way to insulate your home in order to save energy.

In this article, we asked the expert energy saving team at Danford, Brewer & Ives how to save energy with insulation.

Why Is Energy-Saving Insulation So Important?

Insulation is the best way to save energy because an effectively insulated home is able to trap heat and stop it from escaping. Energy-saving insulation allows you to keep your home warm in the winter, for longer periods of time and without running up huge bills that are detrimental to your wallet and the environment.

Insulating materials allow heat to be saved, rather than it being lost to the outside world. This ensures that your central heating system – whether gas or electric – doesn’t need to expend as much energy to keep a room at a constant temperature.

Take the insulation away, and heat can be lost through the walls, floors, roof and any draughty areas of the home. To keep a home at the same temperature, the heating system needs to burn through much more energy than it would otherwise.

Saving energy through insulation not only saves you money in the long run, but it helps to promote a greener, more sustainable style of living in your home.

What Are the Different Types of Energy-Saving Insulation?

There are a variety of different methods and types of insulation that can be used to save energy. The type of insulation your home needs in order to save energy will depend on the existing insulation in place, the age and size of the house, and the size of your budget.

But while the most effective insulation is almost always going to be the most expensive, saving energy stands to save you money over multiple years and even decades. Think of energy saving as an investment, rather than an upfront cost.

The most common forms of insulation that save houses the largest quantities of energy are:

  • Solid wall insulation
  • Floor insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Draught proofing

Let’s take a look at how these forms of insulation save energy in more detail.

Solid Wall Insulation

Older houses that predate the 1920s were commonly constructed using solid brick or stone walls, rather than modern cavity walls. Solid walls consist of just one layer of material, so heat is easily lost as cold spots form due to a lack of insulation.

Solid wall insulation adds an extra layer of wall either internally or externally, creating a space (or cavity) that can then be filled with insulating materials. The insulation traps heat, thereby stopping it from escaping, and saving energy.

Floor Insulation

Floor insulation works in much the same way as solid wall insulation, as often floors are constructed from solid concrete or timbers.

Creating a cavity space that can be filled with insulating materials is the best way to stop heat from being lost through the floor, or if a cavity space already exists this can be filled with insulating materials.

Loft Insulation

Large quantities of heat escape through the roof, so it’s crucial that a loft is insulated if you’re looking to save energy.

Lofts can be insulated simply by being filled with insulating materials. If you wish to use the loft space for storage, then an extra layer of flooring can be laid down which can be filled with insulating materials.

Draught Proofing

Draughts cause heat to be carried outside the home, so draught proofing a building is an important step towards saving energy.

Draught proofing is as easy as closing doors and windows when the heating is on, but it can also involve sealing up gaps in the masonry, windows or doors that allow air through, or fixing shutters or brushes to letterboxes and chimney openings.

How Much Energy Can I Save Through Insulation?

Installing the best and most effective insulation in your home can save large amounts of energy that would otherwise be lost to the outside world.

The exact quantity of energy that any individual household stands to save depends on a number of factors, such as the size of the home, the amount of energy currently expended, and the type of insulation being fitted.

A few key figures to consider include:

  • Up to 50 per cent of heat can be lost through walls
  • Up to 25 per cent of heat can be lost through the roof
  • The remainder is lost through the floor or through draught spots such as open windows or gaps in the masonry

Insulation helps to cut these figures down drastically, ensuring that heat stays inside the home rather than being wasted as it escapes to the outside. The better and more effective the insulation, the lower the percentage of heat lost.

Energy-Saving Surveys Can Identify Key Areas to Insulate

To better understand how to save energy through insulation and to better estimate how much energy can be saved with effective insulation, we always recommend having an energy-saving survey carried out by a professional.

Energy-saving surveys highlight the best places to focus on around the home in order to save the most energy for the most cost-effective investment. For example, an energy-saving survey could identify the loft space as a key area to insulate or it could identify problem areas you didn’t know existed, such as an unsealed window or doorframe.

Energy-saving surveys and insulation projects can also be combined with other important household maintenance or improvement projects – particularly damp and timber surveys, and damp proofing – thereby saving you time and money in the process.

Contact Danford, Brewer & Ives to Find Out More About Saving Energy With Insulation

For more information and advice on saving energy through insulation, then please contact our friendly team on 01765 804050 or fill in our online contact form. Our experienced specialists will be on hand and ready to offer expert advice tailored to your needs.