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Guest Blog from Domestic & General Insulation Ltd
Having a good insulation solution is something that is often overlooked by homeowners, with many seemingly disregarding the extra savings and related benefits that having a full loft and wall insulation system can provide for them. Masses of heat is lost through the walls and lofts of homes every year, thanks to their poor insulation qualities, and this is something that really needs to change.
However the unfortunate thing about insulation is that there is always an upfront cost involved. No matter what the potential future benefits of the work, having the work done in the first place is often a barrier that many people simply aren’t willing to navigate past without some solid information under their belts.
With this in mind, we are going to look at some of the benefits associated with cavity wall insulation, providing as much information as possible as to why such a solution is ideal for any home that has a cavity.
Cavity wall insulation is most useful for homes that were built after the 1930s. Homes built before this time period were usually solid wall homes, which themselves had rather poor insulation qualities. For such properties, solutions like external wall insulation and internal wall insulation exist. However cavity wall insulation is required for the homes that were built with an external wall that consisted of two smaller walls with a gap in between.
So what are the benefits of cavity wall insulation? Well, for starters…
Effective cavity wall insulation reduces energy bills
Statistics indicate that approximately 45% of the heat lost in a home escapes through the walls of the property, a number that can be massively reduced with the implementation of good cavity wall insulation. This is all energy that is being paid for and then not used by the homeowner, which of course means that energy bills soar to levels that they need not be reaching. Cavity wall insulation can help to reduce the heat loss dramatically, ensuring that less energy is needed to keep a home at a chosen temperature.
Cavity wall insulation can increase the value of a home
For many people, having insulation installed is a long term investment that can also indicate that a homeowner is fully committed to settling at their property. However, with the introduction of the Energy Performance Certificate, this is no longer the case. Having insulation installed allows you to instantly add value to your property by increasing the home’s rating substantially. This serves to make the property much more attractive to prospective buyers, in addition to reducing their own fears that they would have to spend time and money to have the work done themselves.
Your home becomes much more environmentally friendly
We have already covered how having insulation can help save a homeowner a ton of money. However that shouldn’t be the only reason to have it installed. The simple fact of the matter is that cavity wall insulation makes your home more energy efficient. In doing this it makes your home more environmentally friendly and allows the homeowner to reduce their own carbon footprint. We live in an age of increasing awareness when it comes to environmental issues, so anything that you can do to make your home greener should be seen as a positive.
Cavity wall insulation can reduce condensation
Of course, the primary concern when having cavity wall insulation installed is ensuring that you keep your home nice and warm. However that isn’t the only benefit that comes with having an effective insulation solution installed.
All homes generate moisture, simply due to the fact that there will often be occasions when warm air comes into contact with a cold surface, which in turn leads to condensation. This can cause mould and black spots in the home if it is not monitored and kept in check. Having cavity wall insulation installed can prevent this, as it allows the home to maintain a warmer temperature, reducing the amount of cold surfaces that water vapour can condense on.
Cavity wall insulation is extremely tidy
Another issue that many people have with insulation is the possibility of the insulation making a home seem unsightly. After all, loft insulation requires a lot of material being placed in the attic and even older versions of cavity wall insulation could leave a home with a number of unsightly holes across the outer surface. Newer techniques in cavity wall insulation have reduced this issue substantially however, with technologies like bead lances allowing for a single hole to be drilled and used install the cavity wall insulation. In addition to this, the insulation itself goes into gaps in the property’s walls, meaning it is never visible to the homeowner.
Cavity wall insulation is something that all homeowners should look into if it is relevant to their property. The benefits that can be provided are simply too numerous to justify not having the technology installed!
Domestic & General Insulation Ltd are one of the foremost insulation installers in the UK and can provide advice on a range of insulation solutions.
Wickes-owner Travis Perkins suffers as households put off home improvement in the downpour | This is Money
Wickes-owner Travis Perkins suffers as households put off home improvement in the downpour
The largest supplier of building materials in the UK said group revenues were ahead 4.4 per cent in the four months to the end of April, as growth in its general and specialist merchant divisions were offset by declines in plumbing and heating and retail.
The retail division, which includes 200 Wickes and 107 Tile Giant stores, saw like-for-like sales in the period drop 5.2 per cent.
DIY delay: The rain in April hit sales at Wickes, although other arms of the Travis Perkins business performed well.
The Northampton-based group said after a good first quarter, the wettest April since records began led to a weaker performance, while the weather continued to hit activity in May.
Geoff Cooper, Travis Perkins chief executive, said: ‘We are pleased with the good progress in the first quarter, in particular the balance between continued share gains and our achievements on gross margins.’
The group earlier this year announced a £24million deal to buy the 70 per cent of the 100-store strong retailer ToolStation that it does not already own.
It said it was surprised that the Office of Fair Trading had raised concerns about the proposed acquisition because its agreement with the Bridgwater, Somerset-based business had created a robust competitor.
Shares were 4 per cent lower after today’s update amid widespread selling on markets.
Nick Bubb, independent retail analyst, said the consumer arm had ‘a tough time’ but the core trade business had done well and was overall on track so far this year.
The integration of plumbing and heating business BSS, which was taken over in 20101 continues, Travis Perkins said, as it rolls out new branch trading systems.