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Internal Insulation Problems

  Retirement is supposed to be a time where you can relax and enjoy your extra time doing the things that you love, but to get the most out of your retirement, it is important that your home is secure and well protected.

Everyone deserves to stay warm in the winter without having to pay excessive rising energy bills and end up losing much of the heat that they are paying for.

To combat heat loss in homes and ensure that they are protected against the elements, and expensive repairs that come along with structural damage, many people choose to invest in insulation for their walls. Normally an excellent investment that cuts bills, keeps homes warmer, and provides a peace of mind about a properties future, insulation that is fitted badly can often cause internal insulation problems.

 
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What Is Internal Insulation?

Depending on the age of your property and the kind of walls that it has, the options for internal insulation can differ. From the 1920’s onwards, most properties were built with cavity walls, these have a gap between the two walls, and internal insulation is used to fill the gap. If you don’t have cavity walls, like many older properties with solid brick walls normally, the insulation is attached to the wall.

The Most Common Internal Insulation Problems

Internal insulation problems can arise both in insulation fitted to solid walls, and the insulation in cavity walls, with the kind of internal insulation problems differing slightly. Many of the problems can arise due to substandard fitters, materials that are not well suited to the job, damage to the exterior of a wall, or due to the insulation type.

 
  • Condensation­­– If condensation is allowed to form, it can become a very serious problem, helping to spread mould inside and outside walls as well as causing external walls to be put under strain, which will eventually cause cracks.
  • Reduced space– If you don’t have cavity walls and are using insulation fitted to the inside of your rooms, the process will mean that you lose floor space in all of the rooms that have the insulation installed.
  • Development of cold spots– For internal insulation to be the most effective and prevent condensation and damp from becoming a problem, it has to be installed professionally so that no gaps are left and that the end product is even throughout. Cold spots can occur when the work is substandard, causing problems to arise in internal walls.
  • Internal wall damage– Any internal wall damage, like hanging pictures using nails, can cause internal insulation problems, and significantly reduce the effectiveness of any insulation installed.
  • Disruption– Internal wall insulation can be very disruptive, both during the installation process and after. With walls needed to be redecorated, sockets moved and internal fixtures, like skirting boards, needing to be reattached.
  • Bad material choices– Homeowners who don’t look into the different materials available, can often be coerced into choosing one that just isn’t right for them. Knowing what is available and seeking expert advice can be very beneficial in the long run.
Internal insulation problems can be anything from material settling, mould build up to cold spots formation.
 

How External Insulation Can Help

External insulation avoids many of the standard internal insulation problems, whilst still protecting your home and keeping your energy bills down. The primary difference between the two is quite simple, external insulation is all about protecting the outside of your walls, but the benefits and differences go much further. External insulation ensures:

  • No room space will be lost
  • All your brickwork is better protected against weather damage
  • Thermal bridges and cold spots can easily be monitored
  • There is no need to redecorate your home
  • Disruption and inconvenience is seriously reduced
  • Any blemishes on the exterior of your property are covered
  • Full draught-proofing benefits
  • Reduced risk of condensation problems occurring
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The Combination of External and Internal Insulation

While there are a number of internal insulation problems that could occur, there are also a number of benefits that can help to improve the lifespan of your home and reduce the health risks associated with having cold homes exposed to air pollutants. Combining external and internal insulation systems can allow your home to benefit from both products, and when fitted professionally, take care of many of the potential problems that only one type of insulation can create.

As most properties can hugely benefit from having both types of insulation installed, for internal purpose, we strongly recommend advanced spray foam insulation method known as icynene. To find out how Home Logic spray foam insulation works on cavity walls, follow the link here.

The Use of Wall Coatings

Wall coatings are a type of external insulation that can really help to create a perfect environment for internal insulation to work as it is intended to. Guarding the exterior of your home with an invisible water repellent barrier of insulation, the process is a little different to standard insulation but is simple to perform and comes with many added benefits:

  • stops rain penetration through the walls,
  • prevents adverse weather from damaging your cavity insulation,
  • increases heat retention in your home,
  • allows the building to breathe
  • solves many common internal insulation problems (mould, wear out near cold bridges, etc).
 
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Eliminate Common Problems with a Professional Service

With so many different services and materials on the market, it can be difficult to see what will be the most beneficial to your home, and what could cause problems rather than solve them.

Finding an expert team that you can trust to treat your home with care and consideration is important, which is why at Home Logic, we run you through every process, helping you to see the pros and cons of options that are open to you. We base all of our quotes off the individual needs of your home, making sure every choice is tailored to your requirements.

Having specialised in the spray foam insulation industry for many years, we have seen many residents gain peace of mind in regard to the heat regulation of their homes in both the winter and the summer.

We only install products of highest quality and deliver internal and external wall insulation after careful assessment of a property. We believe this is the standard that every home deserves.

Knowing the problems that can arise with badly fitted internal insulation and understanding the differences between internal and external insulation solutions is a great step to finding out what would be best for your home and quality of life going forward.

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