Loft Insulation: Make An Energy-Efficient Home

A constant temperature needs to be maintained in the house to make it comfortable for healthy and enjoyable living. The continuous constant temperature can be maintained in the property, when it is possible to stop air penetration during the winter and hot air penetration during summer. Insulation is one of the methods to protect your home from undesired temperature that results in saving of energy bills due to maintenance of constant temperature for a long time. Loft is the place responsible for heat loss of around 25% and hence; the insulation of a loft becomes an essential way to make your home more energy-efficient. Loft insulation has also a longer life span of forty years.

There are various methods to insulate your attic with different insulation materials. Usually, the heat penetrates upwards and runs away from the roof; the proper insulation with standard size is essential to prevent it. Usually, a thickness of 270 mm is necessary to block it. The material used for insulation is always non-flammable rock fibre or mineral fibre. Loft insulation consists of three methods, blanket insulation, sheet insulation and loose or granular fill insulation.

Blanket loft insulation contains material such as rock fibre, glass fibre, mineral fibre or foil-backed felt. These materials are available in rolls as they can spread easily over the area of the loft. Blanket insulation is the most common form of loft insulation. These rolls are available in diverse thickness, width and lengths. It is accessible in the thickness of 75 and 100 mm of rolls. The width of rolls varies from 300 mm to 1200 mm as per requirement. The ideal length varies from 5 meters to 9.5 meters.

Another method, sheet insulation consists of materials such as mineral fibre, fibre glass and lightweight rolls. The method involves insulation of sloping attic instead of the floor area of the loft. This type of insulation is fixed in the space between roof beams. A thin sheet is also sufficient for plaster coated finishing. By keeping a sufficient gap between roof tiles, insulators allow a ventilation to prevent condensation.

The loose fill or granular insulation contains various loose fill insulation materials such as mineral wool, cork granules and cellulose fibre. This is not much-recommended method for the loft insulation as the wind passing through draughts in the area of loft may blow the loose granular material. It is an easy kind of operation and effective for the property where irregular joints are present. It is also applicable for the houses where pipes and other element create an obstacle for blanket insulation.

Apart from comfortable and warm living, loft insulation reduces the CO2 emission by reducing the energy burn. It helps to save the planet from the major problem of global warming. In UK there are many companies who can provide loft insulation either at subsidized price or absolutely free through ECO & Green Deal. Browse around for the insulation company around your area to get the best deal.