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Insulation Options for New Homes: The Essential GuideBy admin
Friday, 5 October 2018
If you’re building a new home, then you should place careful planning into your insulation, as careful planning leads to less money spent on energy bills overall.
It also ensures greater levels of comfort and warmth within your home.
There are numerous insulation options for new homes available on the market today. It is definitely more cost-effective to add adequate levels of insulation during a building’s construction, rather than retrofit a protective layer sometime after the house is built.
If you are not building a house but are in the market to buy a new house, make sure you obtain all the recommended energy-saving features before the sale goes through.
Before any insulation work begins, you’ll need to know where to insulate and the recommended thermal values for each area. So where do you start? Let's take a look and see...
Insulation Options for New Homes
To be honest, the vital areas of insulation do not change depending on the age of a property. It doesn’t matter if your home is 50 years old or just 5 weeks old – it’s important to make sure that all of the necessary areas are taken care of.
Your windows, your doors and your roof space should all be properly insulated for the best thermal effect. In modern times, most houses are built with cavity walls, so they do contain some existing insulation qualities.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider adding an extra layer of protection here too; so your walls are also an area that could, and should, be addressed.
Before any insulation work begins, you’ll need to know where to insulate and the recommended thermal values for each area
Internal Insulation Material Choices
There are many different insulation options for inside new homes, and a few different choices of material too. However, for new homes these materials are, for the most part, split into two different categories. You have fibre related products, and foam related products.
-Fibre Related Products:
This includes materials such as fibreglass, cotton, cellulose, sheep wool and mineral wool. Fibreglass and cellulose are both widely available and common in the loft insulation industry.
Cotton is not used as much and sheep wool is pretty expensive in comparison to the rest. Without doubt though, fibreglass is the most popular in current buildings, supplied in batt form for manual placement.
-Foam Related Products:
Foam related products such as cementitious, polyicynene and polyurethane present a more modern approach to internal insulation.
These are typically blown or pumped into place during the installation phase using high-tech equipment. More and more new properties are using this technique and these materials to insulate their home, because of the additional benefits they provide.
Here at Home Logic we use spray foam as our insulation material of choice, as we believe it is the best product available on the market today.
Modern home-builders won’t use fibreglass panels in roofing, as it lies across the floor in the loft space, rendering the room unusable, as you can’t stand on it and any space above it usually feels bitterly cold
Traditional vs. Modern Materials: Which is Best?
Many properties in the UK still have traditional fibreglass insulation panelling, the soft-looking but scratchy-feeling panels that contain shards of glass, and can often be found lining the floors of attics and lofts.
Fibreglass insulation has been the go-to choice for insulation for the last 50 years, but with more modern materials now available, savvy homeowners are starting to see that spray foam offers better value for money long-term.
Unlike other insulation options for new homes, spray foam insulation quickly forms an unbreakable, airtight seal.
The industrial foam is sprayed or injected into areas to be sealed and insulated, and expands before drying to fill the space required. The foam is white (so brighter than darkening or damp insulation panels) and safe to touch (so doesn’t require putting a room out of action).
Spray Foam: Decreased Bills, Increased Space
One property trend that spray foam complements is the effective use of loft space as an extra room – be it as an additional bedroom, living area or office.
Modern home-builders won’t use fibreglass panels in roofing, as it lies across the floor in the loft space, rendering the room unusable, as you can’t stand on it and any space above it usually feels bitterly cold.
Instead, spray foam insulation can be installed directly into the roof rafters, leaving the floor space free, and keeping the whole room at an ambient temperature that makes it a relaxing room to retreat to.
Adding an extra room to a property can considerably increase its worth, making spray foam insulation a favourite amongst estate agents and property developers.
The British Board of Agrement (BBA) certify Icynene as a trusted insulation option for new homes, and highly recommend the installation team that specialise in fitting it
Spray Foam Keeps Heat Locked in For Longer
The composition of spray foam means that it seals properties more effectively than anything else to keep heat in… so it’s no surprise that it’s been amongst the most trusted and favoured insulation options for new homes in Canada for over 30 years; after all, they know their cold weather!
Using spray foam insulation instead of more traditional insulation methods has been proven to decrease energy bills by up to 35% – providing a refreshing reduction in bills.
The British Board of Agrement (BBA) certify Icynene as a trusted insulation option for new homes, and highly recommend the installation team that specialise in fitting it.
The market is growing, and tens of thousands of homeowners in the UK – both those buying houses and re-fitting existing homes, alongside those developing property portfolios – are moving to use spray foam insulation rather than out-dated methods such as fibreglass panelling.
For when your hardearned cash is at stake, energy efficiency is your number one ally-and spray foam ensures you achieve it.
All of our expert technicians can advise you in regards to whether your property is suitable for spray foam, and, if so, which areas of your home to insulate
Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation
Aside from those already mentioned, the benefits of spray foam insulation are numerous. It offers:
- Structural Support – lending structural support to roof rafters
- Improved Air Quality – not allowing toxins or allergens into the home environment
- Pest Control – industrial foam is too dense to allow insects, bugs and pests into interior spaces
- Damp Control – no damp or mould can grow on spray foam insulation, unlike more traditional solutions.
To investigate having Canada’s favourite insulation solution installed in your property, a free and no-obligation home survey can be booked with our specialist team.
Our survey service is completely free, and provides you with the chance to chat with our knowledgeable installers, and discover just how much you could save on your bills by insulating your home with our first-class foam.
External Insulation Options for New Homes
We also offer an ultra-modern and revolutionary external insulation product-perfect for new homes and period properties alike.
Home Logical Wall Coatings reduce water absorption in your masonry by over 95%! The invisible protective layer it provides sits up to 17mm deep inside the pores of your brickwork, providing an unbeatable layer of defence.
This thermal protective layer doesn’t stop your house from breathing either, as air and water vapour is permeable through the material.
Our survey service is completely free, and provides you with the chance to chat with our knowledgeable installers, and discover just how much you could save on your bills by insulating your home with our first-class foam!
Enlist The Help Of the Spray Foam Experts Today!
If you have recently bought or built a new house, or are in the market for one, insulation should be one of the primary focuses of your venture.
Inadequate insulation can cause heat loss, moisture build-up and a spike in your energy bills.
Spray foam insulation and Home Logic Wall Insulation will ensure your new property makes the best start in its long and functional life!
Call us 0800 1700 636 for more details, or to simply have a quick chat about your new-build insulation requirements.
There are lots of choices in providers when it comes to insulation options for new homes – but we believe we are one of the best. Enlist the help of the spray foam experts today by calling 0800 1700 636, or by simply clicking the button below!
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