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Do Brick Walls Need Insulation?

Brick Walls Need Insulation

As we are slowly but surely becoming more and more conscious of our impact on the environment, as well as of rising energy costs, looking for improved ways to reduce energy bills is of utmost importance.

One of the major ways in which we can reduce energy costs are widely known to be through reducing our heating requirements through various methods of home insulation.

What Kind Of Insulation Do I Need?

Even though there are many methods for insulating your house on the market, it is advisable to first consult with an expert before deciding, as each home is unique.

A property’s ability to retain heat will often depend on the age and type of materials used to construct it, as in most cases, older buildings will be built using bricks, while more modern apartments can use various other materials in construction.

For those of us with older brick homes, some of the easier to apply insulation methods such as spray foam might not be possible and such home owners may even become frustrated asking themselves, do brick walls need insulation?

Is Insulation Important For Brick Walls?

If you are a homeowner who has asked him/herself do brick walls need insulation, then the short version of that answer is a resounding yes.

Because of the material and method of building, brick walls (especially older single walls) allow great amounts of heat to escape from homes through air and moisture ventilation, as all bricks to varying degrees are porous.

Brick Walls Need Insulation

Internal insulation for brick wall surfaces is another option for homeowners who may have wondered whether brick walls need insulation. In this method, insulation can be done by adding an insulated layer to the surface of the wall, such as woollen fibre inside a stud wall

Brick Wall Insulation Options

Generally speaking, there are 3 ways in which brick walls can be insulated. These can simply be summed up as either external wall insulation, internal wall insulation or the third being insulation between double brick wall layers.

Each option has its own distinct benefits, but it is advisable to speak to an expert before making a decision.

External Brick Wall Insulation

External wall coating can be done using products that bond to the wall surface, and even penetrate into the pores to seal the building from the outside with an invisible insulation barrier.

This method is sometimes preferred because there are no disruptions to inside activities, and it provides waterproofing to the outside wall layer, greatly improving the walls’ lifespan.

Internal Brick Wall Insulation

Internal insulation for brick wall surfaces is another option for homeowners who may have wondered whether brick walls need insulation. In this method, insulation can be done by adding an insulated layer to the surface of the wall, such as woollen fibre inside a stud wall.

The major advantage of this method of insulation is that it is generally cheaper. Otherwise, it can be disruptive to activities in the building; it also reduces space inside the room, and may make it hard to do any repairs inside the wall or wall cavity.

Brick Walls Need Insulation

The main point when using this method is to make sure that all voids are properly filled inside the wall, as the area is not visible to the naked eye. Thus a professional will normally make use of infrared (heat) imaging to ensure that there are no cold spots in the wall which could compromise the efficiency

Insulation Between Brick Walls

Most of the more modern brick walled buildings are built with two layers of brick wall, separated by a hollow spacing.

Thus if there is sufficient space in the wall cavity, and sufficient access to this cavity, an insulation material such as spray foam can be installed inside this area, which is also very cost effective, and not disruptive to existing routines.

Points to Consider about Brick Wall Insulation

Having gone through some of the basic pros and cons of the various types of insulation on offer, many of you may still be asking yourselves ‘does a brick wall need insulation’, or ‘which is the right insulation for me?’

The important thing to take away is that there are so many various options for insulation, and all surfaces benefit from insulation through reduced heat loss, and lower monthly bills.

The most important consideration is to determine whether a specific type of insulation is possible in your home. Secondly, you will need to decide on which price range suits your pocket. For further advice, please don't hesistate to call our team of exterior insulation experts today by calling 0800 1700 636, or, alternatively, by simply clicking the button below!

Everyone’s budget is different, and by requesting a free home survey, you get an accurate price for your property’s individual requirements.