Roof Insulation

Insulating your flat roof can reduce your roof’s heat loss by around 90% and save you hundreds of pounds a year on your heating bill.

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How it works

Roof insulation works by helping your home to retain heat– reducing the amount of fuel you need to burn for heating and reducing your heating bills in the process.

Flat roofs should ideally be insulated from above using insulation boards. These can be attached either on top on your roof’s waterproof covering or between the timber and the weatherproof layer. It’s ideal to do if you are replacing your roof covering, and is actually a legal requirement in this situation. You can get the insulation installed on the underside of your roof instead, but this may cause condensation issues. Both types of insulation should usually be installed by a contractor.

Cost and Maintenance

A guide to roof insulation types and costs is available here.

Savings

Roof insulation can typically save the average home £180 a year on their heating bills.

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FAQs

Does cavity wall insulation cause damp?
No, as the cavity insulation is generally water repelling, meaning water cannot cross from the external wall to the internal wall via the insulation - the only way it could cross is if another obstruction is connecting the walls. Before installing the insulation, the empty wall cavities are inspected for obstructions with a special tool called a boroscope. Any obstructions are noted and cleared by the installers before the insulation is injected.
Are there grants available for cavity wall insulation and are there strict criteria as to who is eligible, like with loft insulation?
There are grants available for cavity wall insulation available through the CERT (Carbon Emissions Reduction Target) scheme, which is available through the energy suppliers. You can apply to any of the larger suppliers regardless of whether you're a customer of theirs. The scheme is now only available through British Gas and Scottish Power, as most of the scheme shave run out - apply now if you could benefit. The ECO (Affordable Warmth) scheme is due to replace CERT, and is currently operating, but has stricter criteria on who's eligible, focusing on less well off customers.
Why wasn't my house built with cavity wall insulation and the right amount of loft insulation?
Houses comply with the building regulations that apply at the time the property is built. Since the oil crisis in the early 1970s, the insulation standards in the Building Regulations have been progressively upgraded.
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