Loft Insulation For Free- This Is The Best UK Scheme
Loft Insulation For Free- This Is The Best UK Scheme
If you are looking to insulate your loft, we have 3 options for you
- Apply For A Free Loft Insulation Grant
- Pay a professional to fit it.
- Go To Wickes / B& Q / Screwfix and buy and fit yourself.
Who Is Eligible For Free Loft Insulation?
To Be Eligible for Free Loft Insulation you must :
✅ Have Off Gas Heating -Oil-LPG – Electric
✅ Have A Home EPC Of E – F- G
✅ Have Your Existing Heating Upgraded
✅ Be A Home Owner / Private Tenant In Receipt Of A Benefit
Which Benefits Qualify For Free Insulation?
Now is the time to apply if your existing loft insulation is not up to the recommended 300 mm.
Free 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 worth over £1000.
How Do I Apply For Free loft insulation ?
Fill In The From Below today and we will check your property insulation & existing heating.
What Other Free Insulation Is Available?
External Wall Insulation
✅ Internal Wall Insulation
✅ Attic Room Insulation
✅ Wall Cavity Insulation
✅ Flat Roof Insulation
10 Reasons Why You Should Insulate Your Loft Today
- A quarter of all heat generated is lost through your roof. That is a lot of cash wasted!
2. You will save over £150 a year by insulating your loft space.
That money will be better spent on a new holiday !
3. Your home will be a lot of cosier and comfortable in the cold and dark winter nights.
4. Your well insulated home will be more attractive to homebuyers when you do come to sell.
5. A lot of homes can still their their loft done for free!
6. 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.
7. The Energy Saving Trust calculate that the average saving per year from installing loft insulation is approximately £240.
8. Your house will feel warmer during cold weather and improve the energy efficiency rating of your home.
9. 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.
10. Providing the insulation is left undisturbed and not walked on, it should last indefinitely
Is The Free Loft Insulation Scheme A Con?
No. WarmFront has been insulating lofts for free for the last 10 years and I personally have worked this scheme for many years and confirm it is genuine.
The ‘Free Loft Insulation Scheme’ is a government backed 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.
How Much Is Loft Insulation Fitted Professionally?
You can expect to pay around £1000 if you chosse to have it professionally done
Is loft insulation free for pensioners?
Yes – if pensioners are in receipt of Pension Credit and their loft is in need of insulation, they will get it 100% FREE!
Is loft insulation free for pensioners Not On Benefits?
It is possible to get free insulation uneder the LAD Funding Scheme.
Loft Insulation Free Scotland – Any Grants?
Yes, There are grants for loft insulation and other home insulation in Scotland too.
See our Scotland Page Here.
What Is Loft Insulation?
Insulation is a great way to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Loft Insulation can save you up to 25% on your energy bills and works by trapping the warm air inside your home as it acts like a woolly hat for your house.
This extra layer of insulation stops the heat from rising and escaping your property through the roof. It can also reduce energy bills.
What Is Loft Insulation Made From?
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.
How To Choose Your Insulation?
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your 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. 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 In The Loft?
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.
Loft Insulation – How Is The Loft Insulated?
Very easy to install even for DIYERs .
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.
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 To DIY Loft Insulation – Measure First
Measure the outside walls of your home and times them together to give you a rough square meterage of your loft.
E.g a semi detached house measuring 6 meters by 8 will give you 48 sq meters. Deduct 10 % from this figure will give you an approx meterage for your loft.
In this case you will need to buy 45 square meters of insulation.
Alternatively, get into the loft and measure the area in m2 (length x width = number of metres squared) and check the coverage of the rolls.
You can deduct around 10% to allow for ceiling joists
What Depth Of Insulation Is Needed For a Loft?
Your finished height of loft insulation should be around 270 -300 mm.
This equates to a Thermal Resistance R-Value of 6.1 and is the recommended value by building regs.
Fitting insulation is not rocket science!
If you are still quite mobile and can get into the loft by yourself, you can fit loft insulation yourself in less than half a day!
It is just a case of knowing how to do it properly and leaving a gap at the eaves for ventilation.
Alternatively, buy the insulation yourself and pay a handy man £10 -£15 per hour to fit it for you.
Rolling out insulation is a doddle! Cheap Loft Insulation is the way to go.
How Many Rolls Do I Buy?
If your loft has existing loft insulation in between the joists, measure the depth of it.
Usually this base layer is a depth of 100mm and comes up to joist level.
This will tell you to buy 170 -200 mm rolls which can be laid over the top of the joists to get you to the recommended building regulations guide of 270-300mm
Get your self down to B & Q or Wickes and purchase some rolls of insulation.
They come in 100 mm , 200 mm and 270mmrolls and should cost you around £25 per roll.
6 – 8 Rolls will do you fine but do measure properly or you will be left with a load of insulation!
They Should Deliver them for about £30
How Do I Fit Loft Insulation?
All you need to do is roll out the insulation between the joists ensuring you leave a gap for ventilating your loft at the eaves.
4 inches at both ends to allow for cross flow ventilation will be fine.
The gap between joists is most commonly 400mm or 600mm, so loft insulation rolls tend to be available in a width of approximately 1140mm.
Most come with pre-cut perforations so they can easily be cut into halves or thirds with a saw.
When you have insulated the whole floor , you can have a cup of tea!
Preparation For Fitting Loft Insulation
- Remove any stored items from the loft so you can work in a clean and uncluttered space.
- Ensure you have good lighting and use a portable battery powered light if necessary
- Ensure you have plenty of walk on boards to go accross the joists stop you falling through the loft floor
- Measure your cold-water tank so that you can fit an appropriate tank jacket. You’ll need to insulate tanks and pipes before you start to lay the loft insulation
Ventilation & Electrics – Take Care
Ideally Insulation shouldn’t be laid over any electric cables but most lofts in the UK are insulated this way as getting a sparky in to reroute cables would be very expensive.
If possible cables should be clipped to the roof joists or gently lifted out of the way and then laid over the insulation once it is in position
Do not fit insulation underneath the water tank unless it is in an elevated position
If you want to use the loft space to store items, install raised floor loft legs that you can fix boards to, above the insulation.
Leave a minimum air gap of 50mm beneath the boards to prevent any condensation. Alternatively, cover an existing boarded area with insulation boards.
Should You Insulate the rafters above you?
No! There are people offering spray foam insulation for the roof rafters above your head.
THIS IS THE BIGGEST CON GOING!
You will be charged up to £5000 for this SHITE and many old people are being conned into having it done.
This foam insulation is OF NO BENEFIT TO YOU AS ONCE THE HEAT HAS ENTERED THE LOFT IT IS WASTED.
The whole idea of insulation is to stop it entering the loft by laying insulation on the loft floor so that the heat stays in your living / bedroom for as long as possible.
Buy Cheap Loft Insulation
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.
Usually up to £800 for supply & fit but you can do it yourself for less than £200.
Take a trip to B & Q or Wickes and purchase some 6- 8 rolls for around £30 each .
You will need to ensure all the insulation you install brings you a finished depth of around 300mm.
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