Insulating an old house or cottage can bring up some difficulties, but with the right knowledge and planning it can be done effectively in terms of both cost and practicality. Old houses are beautiful and can have some truly impressive designs, but these come with age old issues such as draughty chimneys, rattly windows, attics that leak and air infiltration points that push those heating bills up higher and higher.
So what is the best way to insulate and old house? We explore why we think Icynene insulation is the best way to insulate your home, old or new-and the benefits to be had by investing in this marvellously multi-purpose material...
MOST INSULATION FOR OLD HOMES ISN’T UP TO DATE – THIS CAN COST YOU £180-£500 PER YEAR
Energy efficiency is high on the home-owners list of priorities in 2016, especially with the consistently rising cost of energy prices. Insulating your old home with a material such as Icynene can not only improve energy efficiency, it can also combat any condensation or damp issues you may have with an older home.
Old homes without adequate insulation are susceptible to air leakage, this can arise from a number of reason including ageing roof materials or general wear and tear from the weather. By insulating your old home with Icynene you can combat all these issues and save up to 35% a year on energy bills.
PROBLEMS WITH INSULATING AN OLD HOUSE
Older properties such as churches, barns and listed buildings frequently present problems when looking to insulate or make other improvements as a lot of them don’t match with modern building regulations, we have even heard of one case where a client in a listed building could not get their single pane window upgraded to double!
It is important not to restrict the building structure to breath so when insulating an old house, you should choose a breathable insulation such as Icynene. Issues such as shallow rafters (less then 75mm) can cause an issue with the depth of insulation that can be accommodated in an older home.
Icynene insulation allows you to choose the depth of insulation applied but be wary that a thinner later will not have the same R values!
HOW DOES THE GREEN DEAL AFFECT THE INSULATING AN OLDER HOME?
The Green Deal applies to homes of any age. This is necessary because almost half of Britain’s homes are over 100 years old.
WHEN IT COMES TO INSULATION IN OLDER HOMES, HOW DO OTHER COUNTRIES DO IT?
Let’s take a look at Germany, instead of insulating or making their homes more energy efficient they actually demolish and rebuild homes built as late as the 1960’s! Although this can seem like an effective solution this would not work in England as a lot of our heritage and history can be found within the architecture of our buildings throughout the country.
It is much less costly to insulate old homes with modern and effective materials.
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