Loft insulation is one of the cheapest home improvement projects around, yet it makes such a difference to your energy bills. It’s also a great way to make your house more eco-friendly and up the property value. The UK government has a few grants available to help cover some or all of the materials and installation costs.
The amount you need to install depends on the size of your loft space and the type of insulation you choose. You can use the calculator below to estimate how much you will need, however, it is always best to get a professional in to do this sort of work as they have all the tools and know-how to get the job done quickly and easily.
There are a few different types of insulation you can choose from, some are easier to install than others. One of the most popular is blanket insulation which can be fitted quickly and easily using a pair of scissors. Another option is loose-fill insulation, such as cellulose fibre which can be recycled from old newspapers. This is also quick to install and can be blown into hard to reach areas of the loft.
Whichever option you choose, the insulation must be placed between your joists (the angled timbers that support the roof) with at least a layer being installed above the joists. The layers should be evenly spread across the loft and fitted snugly – not squashed – to ensure the material is working properly. Any wires for lighting should be above the insulation and any vents you have in your loft should be unobstructed.