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DMB Solutions:  Insulation Tips

As we head into the colder months we thought it was important to inform you all about the ways you can insulate your property efficiently.  Insulation and draught proofing protects your home against the cold in winter and the excess heat in summer - and it can even reduce noise pollution too!  It is important to understand that on a cold day, heat can escape from your home in all directions and here at DMB Solutions we can offer advise on how to resolve this effectively.

Insulation1.jpgWhen completing a loft conversion project, there are three ways in which you can insulate your property: Rigid insulation, flexible insulation and thermal lining boards.  Rigid insulation boards are available in various thicknesses and this needs to be taken into consideration when converting a roof space.  Whilst cheaper products tend to be thicker, and therefore more effective, they can result in reduced headroom which is often already lacking within a sloping roof room.  Therefore flexible insulation and thermal lining boards can be a useful and good compromise in difficult to insulate areas. 

The process of insulating the roofing structure itself usually uses either a ‘cold roof’ or ‘warm roof’ method.  The ‘cold roof’ method requires filling in the space between the rafters with a thick slab foam insulation such as Celotex.  The ‘warm roof’ method uses Celotex insulation over the rafters to cover the capping and is then followed by the tile battens and tile work.  This is often used within dormer loft conversion projects, especially if a flat roof is present between the studwork.  

loft-conversions-4.jpgTo prevent losing heat via new extension walls, thermal-check plasterboard is often fixed to the rafters and stud framework. This type of insulation consists of a sheet of plasterboard alongside a layer of insulating foam.  You could also choose to have insulation boards fixed directly to the walls inside the room. This is only recommended if the wall is flat and smooth though – if this is not the case you may find it will not work as well as it should.  You could also combine the two techniques if you so wish.  Stud walls can be erected with insulation packed inside as mentioned above and then you can add another layer via the insulation boards too.

Underfloor heating is also a popular choice for many of our clients.  Mineral wool insulation is often considered to be a good choice of material.  Laid between the floor joists at a depth of 250mm, not only does it provide excellent thermal and acoustic insulation, its flame retardant properties will resist fire for at least 30 minutes! 

Here at DMB we offer free enquiry appointments in which one of our architectural designers will survey your property and provide you with a realistic estimated quote for any home improvement project.  If you would like to enquire with regards to this please do not hesitate to call our office number on 01273 777459, or email us at enquiries@dmb-solutions.co.uk and a qualified member of the team will be happy to help.

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