Conserve Roof insulation
If you are lucky enough to have a vaulted ceiling or wish to convert your loft area into a room, you can insulate these spaces using rigid foam insulation.
Rigid foam insulation comes in sheet form that is cut down to size and then fixed in between the rafters of your roof area.
You must be very careful to make sure that the rigid foam insulation is cut to the precise shape of the rafters and that no gaps are present as this will adversely affect the end result. You must also make sure that you wear the correct type of mask and protective clothing when cutting and fitting rigid foam insulation.
The rigid foam insulation is then covered over by plasterboard which can also be backed with a similar insulation material if required, to provide extra warmth.
This type of job can be done by a very experienced DIYer but it is normally common to get a specialist contractor in. You will also need to get building regulations advice from your local council before undertaking this type of work.
Roof insulation Advantages
- reduce gas & electricity bills
- reduce your home's carbon footprint
- keep your house warmer in winter
- keep your house cooler in summer
- improve your home's energy efficiency rating
- reduce noise from outside (e.g. traffic)
Roof insulation Disadvantages
- Fitting rigid foam insulation can be a very messy and disruptive job.
- Rigid foam insulation sheets are quite a lot more expensive compared to standard loft insulation rolls.
You can get grants for Roof insulation, below are the schemes this is available with.
* According to data sourced from the Energy Saving Trust website.