Many people around the world are lucky enough to have insulation installed around the home. Be it a drafty loft or thin walls, there are plenty of places that insulation can be installed to keep the heat in your home and keep the cold air out. It may be the height of summer right now, but it really won’t be long before the nights start drawing in again, and the cold air returns.
Fortunately, insulation is fairly easy to install and, assuming you know where to install insulation, can be done with minimal tools and without much assistance. As long as you have the insulation rolls, some insulation adhesives and a bit of willpower, you can often get this done in under a week’s time for a medium sized loft.
Why install insulation?
Insulation lasts a very long time. Depending on the type of damage it might encounter, for example, a roof leak, the lifespan could be anywhere from 80 to 100 years. So why not get it done now so that you can install it, test it and experience the effects so that you’re ready for when winter comes around? It’s a cheap and effective way of improving your home and you’ll thank yourself later when the cold season starts again.
How do I get started?
The first step is to calculate how much insulation you need to buy. There are many insulation calculators that’ll help you work out how much you need, but you could also just measure the length and width of the area you want to cover and multiply them together. For example, a room of 20m by 20m would require 400 square metres of insulation.
Once you’ve decided how much you need, you can start to roll it out and lay out onto the loft. There are several types of insulation installation. For example, you can line it across the floor of the loft, or you can stick it to walls. To attach them to walls, you’ll need some wooden supports to contain the insulation, but these can be easily bolted to the walls and measure to size depending on how much insulation you need.
Will I need help?
As mentioned before, installing insulation is just a matter of calculating the size, buying it and then rolling it out or lining the walls. However, if you want to insulate a wall that doesn’t have wooden supports to place the insulation, then you might need a hand bolting supports to the wall or carrying up the rolls of insulation to the loft. Aside from that, it’s a relatively straightforward job that won’t take long to finish.
Will insulation save me money?
Insulation usually pays for itself fairly quickly and will definitely save you money. According to this post by Ovo Energy, you can save up to £240 every year on your fuel bill, with initial installation costing around £395. Of course, fitting the insulation yourself will save on the installation costs, bringing them down to around £50; well worth it, right?
Do you have insulation in your home? I would love to hear more pros and cons.