If your property is cooler than you’d like but doesn’t have an attic, there’s no need to worry about installing serious home improvements to make the temperature more comfortable and manageable.
There is a way of insulating a ceiling without an attic room below it, and it’s traditionally known as ‘drill and fill insulation’.
Traditional ceiling insulation is in the form of fibreglass or wool panels, which are laid between the floorboards of your attic up to 10 inches deep, depending on type and requirements.
This not only takes up a great deal of volume in the room, leaving you with little space above it; it also results in the available loft space feeling incredibly cold and draughty – hardly the kind of room you’d actually want to live in and use.
Consequently, most attic rooms across the UK are used only as storage space. What a waste!
Spray Foam: The Multi-Purpose Insulation Solution
Instead, there is a much more modern and effective insulation solution that gives you your room back – and if you don’t have an attic space, lines your bare ceiling, to insulate directly against it.
Known as ‘drill and fill insulation’, this method usually requires a tradesperson drilling a hole in your ceiling (but not all the way through it!), and pushing, or blowing into the hole, a cellulose insulation solution, to fill the cavity. However, in most cases cellulose isn’t able to fill the entire cavity sufficiently.
In contrast, the newest and most efficient product is spray foam insulation. An industrial spray foam, this is a chemical mixture that is blown with water for application.
As a foam, it expands up to one hundred times its original size, but then rather than fading or dissolving in the way other household foams do, it instead dries out and solidifies as its larger foam. This expansion means that it can be injected into a cavity or sprayed onto a surface and will cover all of it.
In the case of wall or ceiling cavities, this product is the perfect fit for the job; as the foam will expand into and then seal off any space, enabling even hard-to-reach places to be insulated to an adequate level.