Are All Properties Eligible For Free Loft Insulation ?
Not all homes are suitable for insulation and will be subject to a free survey.
For a household to qualify for free loft / home insulation :
- Your loft must have none or minimal insulation
- Your Home must have all insulation that is required ( whole house approach)
- Your heating must be upgraded if needed
- Your Home Has An Epc Rating Of D – E -F -G
- You must be in receipt of a qualifying benefit or on a low income
- The property must be owned or be rented from a private landlord.
The grant does not need to be paid back.
At the time of writing many customers not on benefits can still get a loft insulation grant to insulate their lofts absolutely free of charge under the Government LAD or LA FLEX Scheme.
This scheme is available to people on a Low Income and have a health condition.
You should check your council website for statement of intent for details of who is eligible to apply.
Now is the time to apply if your existing loft insulation is old and inefficient?
It is certainly worth taking the time now to see if you could qualify for a free loft insulation grant as funding can be withdrawn at any time
The installation of insulation will help you save lots of money on your heating bills, which you can put towards a holiday!
A simple application online in under 2 minutes is all it takes to assess if you are eligible for a loft insulation grant.
If you qualify you can be entitled to a grant covering up to 100% cost of brand new efficient loft insulation and installation.
What Is Loft Insulation?
Insulation is a great way to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
It can also reduce energy bills.
Loft insulation is man-made mineral fibre in a roll form and is made from silica sand, creating a wool-type product also known as glass wool.
Modern insulation is no longer a very itchy product and is now very easy to handle and to install. It is usually rolled out onto the loft floor for the whole loft area.
It works by forming a barrier to heat loss and so keeps the heat from escaping from your bedrooms or living room into the loft and being wasted.
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing free loft insulation:
1. Location. Insulation should be installed in the coolest part of the attic.
2. Material. Fiberglass or cellulose insulation is the most effective, but it can be expensive. Other options include spray foam or mineral wool insulation.
3. Installation. Free loft insulation should be installed by a professional.
Why Fit Loft Insulation?
Did you know that about 25% of your expensive heat is lost through the roof of poorly insulated properties as heat rises.
This means that if your loft is uninsulated , a quarter of your heat will be wasted.
That could cost you possible hundreds of £ per year.
Roof / loft insulation is by usually the most efficient measure as it’s typically the cheapest to install and has the greatest effect.
If you claim a qualifying benefit or are on a low income, you should apply for A FREE LOFT INSULATION GRANT worth up to £999
Free Loft Insulation as well as other free insulation grants are 100 % funded by the Government.
Does My Loft Need Insulation?
Check your loft to see if it is insulated properly.
In a nutshell …………………… The recommended depth for insulation is around 300 mm or 12 inches for maximum savings on your bills.
In previous years just 25-50 millimetres was considered sufficient, and many homes are still at this level.
Building regulations now dictate that every new build needs to have 270mm of insulation in the loft to achieve the required u-value of less than 0.16w /m2k .
This level has been tested and found to achieve the best savings over time.
Is Loft Insulation Important?
Loft insulation is very important for all homes in the Uk.
About a quarter of your heat will be lost from your home via your loft. Heat rises and will always try to escape to a colder place.
Once the heat has entered into your loft, it is wasted.
The key is to provide a barrier on the loft floor so that the heat loss is massively slowed down and kept in your bedroom / living room for as long as possible.
We recommend insulation under your bedroom floors for this very purpose to keep the heat downstairs for as long as possible.
Will Loft Insulation Save Me Much Money On My Bills ?
Yes. Energy bills will continue to rise year on year and the best way to combat this is to insulate your home properly.
You will only do it once and then continue to reap the benefits for years to come.
Can You Have Too Much Insulation ?
Yes and no.
You can put as much insulation in the loft as you want but 2 things :
- You will be limited for storage
- Any more insulation higher than 300 mm will not give you any more benefit heat loss wise. The calculations have been done scientifically and found that 300 mm depth of insulation will give you maximum savings.
- Adding extra insulation will not be of any benefit to you so you will waste your time and money.
How Much Would It Cost To Insulate A Loft ?
Having it done professionally would cost you around £1200 depending on property size
Loft insulation is a relatively cheap energy efficiency measure to install, and you can do it yourself if you are handy.
Fitting loft insulation is a simple job and you can top this up yourself on a DIY basis by buying rolls from your local B & Q.
These rolls are usually around £ 25 -£30 to and 6 – 8 rolls is usually enough for an average property.
These rolls are rolled out onto the loft floor making sure to leave a 6 inch gap at each eaves end to allow for cross flow ventilation.
Grants are available too for Free Loft Insulation if you are on a low income.
Free Loft Insulation – How Is The Loft Insulated?
Your loft should be insulated to a depth of 270 mm for maximum benefit. Any more fitted will not bring you any more benefit.
The loft insulation ( usually fibreglass ) is rolled out in your loft floor joists leaving a gap for ventilation at both sides where the roof meets the floor.
It is usually laid between and across the joists and your loft hatch will be insulated too.
Any pipes in the loft will be insulated too.
Typical Heat Loss From Your Home
Heat loss will depend on your house type but as a rough guide you can expect to lose
- 25% of its heat through the roof
- 33% through the walls
- 15% through the floors
- 15% through draughts
- 20% through windows.
Insulating all of the above is not too expensive either so we recommend you look into this. Most insulation can be fitted by yourself too as it is not rocket science.
5 Benefits Of Loft Insulation
- Loft Insulation creates a barrier for your expensive heat to have to pass which will keep your heat in the house for longer instead of it escaping through the roof.
- The Energy Saving Trust calculate that the average saving per year from installing loft insulation is approximately £240.
- Your house will feel warmer during cold weather and improve the energy efficiency rating of your home.
- The installation of your new loft insulation should take between 1-2 hours to complete.
- You will also reduce your carbon footprint by around 990kg of CO2 per year compared to an uninsulated loft.
- Providing the insulation is left undisturbed and not walked on, it should last indefinitely
How Much Does It Cost To Insulate Your Loft?
Usually up to £800 for supply & fit but you can do it yourself for less than £200.
Take a trip to B & Q and purchase some 6- 8 rolls for around £25 each .
You will need to ensure all the insulation is installed at a depth of around 300mm.
How Is Loft Insulation Installed?
Very easy to install even for DIYERs .
The insulation is rolled out in your loft to a depth of 270 mm.
It is usually laid between and across the joists and your loft hatch will be insulated too. A gap is left where the roof meets the floor for ventilation
Can you put new loft insulation on top of old?
Yes! You can absolutely new insulation over old insulation… as long as it isn’t wet. …
Wet insulation can lead to mould, mildew, or even the rotting of your ceiling or roof rafters.
In fact, you can add new insulation over the existing installation in other areas of your home, not just the attic
Do I need to take everything out of my loft to install Insulation?
The loft will need to be clear of all storage to enable the whole of the loft to be insulated.
We recommend all existing boards to be removed so that all the loft can be insulated.
If you not wish to remove the boards we will lay the insulation over them.
Our installers bring all equipment needed , including lights and ladders.
Is There Much Mess To Install Loft Insulation?
This is a very easy process with minimal disruption.
All packaging will be removed from your home before we leave.
Please note that once installed, the joists will not be visible and for your safety, we recommend that you do not access the loft without the use of crawling boards.
How Do I Apply For Free loft insulation ?
Fill In The From Below today and we will check your property and the size of grant awarded.
Depending on funding levels ( which change all the time) we will let you know if you can get free insulation or if you need to make a small contribution
Applied For Free Loft Insulation In The Past And Not Been Successful?
Not every application is successful unfortunately.
The government grant for loft insulation criteria is quite strict and you have to meet it to qualify.
If you feel you are eligible for the grant, you should apply. Nothing ventured = nothing gained.
No. I have worked this scheme for many years and confirm it is genuine.
The ‘Free Loft Insulation Scheme’ is government backed and funded scheme created to help reduce household carbon footprints by providing grants towards new A-Rated energy efficient insulation for homes across the UK.
1000’s of loft insulation’s have been installed throughout the UK under this government funded scheme free of charge and has proven to be a great success.