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Why should I use cavity wall insulation in my self-build project?

February 24, 2016

Why should I use cavity wall insulation in my self-build project?

 

Installation of insulation in homes is something that truly changed everyone's lives when it was first introduced. The reason being that high quality, efficient and accessible insulation signified the fact that people could now live comfortably in their house, whether it was the middle of a scorching hot summer or during the frosty, harsh winter days.

It meant that there was no need to wear layers upon layers of clothes while indoors just to stay warm, and it meant that there was no need to constantly worry about falling sick due to the undesirable weather.

More and more people have started investing in some really amazing insulation resources for their homes, and even the governments in many areas are encouraging the public to do so by providing deals that make the whole process a little more affordable.

However, in spite of these deals that make insulating your house less expensive, there are still many people that are hesitant about paying up to several thousands of dollars for something that they do not consider to be extremely urgent or necessary.

After all, it is not just the cost of insulation materials that you generally need to pay--you also have to pay a hefty sum to hire an expert to perform the whole process for you.

That's where the option of a self-build project comes in. If you wish to save some of your hard-earned cash and simultaneously gain some first-hand experience in installing insulation in your home, a self-build project is definitely something to consider.

To begin planning the insulation, you must start by thinking about insulating the walls, which are one of the major causes of heat loss from the house if they are not properly insulated. It is also a little more tricky than insulating windows, doors, etc. which is why it is best to get it out of the way first.

When you are attempting to insulate your home's walls in a self-build project, the very first thing that you need to consider is the form of insulation you wish to go for.

For walls, you can either insulate them on the internal surface, the external surface or by cavity wall insulation.

The latter is, without a doubt, the best method to go for as long as it suits your wall type and your budget.

The first thing to do is to ensure that the wall of your house is going to be a cavity wall. This type of wall is one which has an inner leaf and an outer leaf, as well as space in the centre, allowing you to easily place an insulating material in this space and effectively keep your house comfortable. To make sure you can get cavity wall insulation, you also need to make sure that the walls are not solid walls, on the other hand, do not have a space between them. As the name implies, it is simply one solid wall.

If you get solid walls for your house, cavity wall insulation cannot be performed at a later date, unless you demolish the wall and rebuild it--which is not a cost effective or convenient process for anyone to do.

Now, on to the information that everyone wishes to know: what makes cavity insulation better than external or internal insulation?

There are numerous reasons why cavity wall insulation is the top pick for people that are performing self-build projects.

First of all, cavity wall insulation usually has a guarantee of about 20-25 years. This is a deciding factor for many people that are considering their options for insulation, as internal and external insulation, do not have the same guarantee.

The second benefit of cavity wall insulation is that it insulated the house to a much larger extent than internal or external insulation. People that get cavity insulation are the ones that experience a noticeable improvement in the temperature in their home, whereas the difference is more subtle when it comes to external and internal insulation.

Another reason why cavity wall insulation is thought to be better is because it is next to free in many parts of the country due to the current grant regime. So, it is, in fact, more cost effective than installing external or internal insulation. In addition to the initial cost, it generally requires less maintenance less regularly, as compared to other forms of insulation which require modifications every now and then. All those modifications add up and cost you quite a bit of additional money, which is not the case with cavity insulation.

One of the factors which cause a lot of people to favour cavity wall insulation is that it provides extra benefits much more effectively than other types of insulation, e.g. soundproofing, fire resistance, moisture resistance and a number of other features that people desire. This does, however, also depend on the material that you use to insulate the wall.

An issue with external insulation is that harsh weather conditions can wear away at the material and cause it to be less effective at doing its job. This is not an issue with cavity wall insulation, as the material is usually quite well protected from the external severities of the weather e.g. rain or snow. This means that the insulation lasts a lot longer than external or internal insulation, getting you more bang for your buck.

The very last thing that makes cavity wall insulation the absolute best option for people performing a self-build project is that it saves much more energy per year as compared to other forms of insulation. Not only does this mean that you are saving your bank account from the bills of this energy consumption, it also means you are aiding the environment and saving resources. For people that care about the environment, this is often a reason why they choose cavity wall insulation.

Now, without further ado, begin planning out your wall insulation to create a beautiful, comfortable house.

To order your cavitywall insulation call our office on 0203 582 6399.




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