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Underfloor Insulation for Wooden Floors: Is It Effective?

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If you’re looking to drive down your bills, underfloor insulation for wooden floors is essential. We explore this often neglected area of the home, and how spray foam can help assist you with your energy-efficient endeavours…

What is Underfloor Insulation?

Put simply, underfloor insulation involves adding an insulating material beneath the floorboards, in order to prevent heat escaping through the floor, and into the foundations below.

Unfortunately, when it comes to insulation, roofs are usually given precedence. Although this is sensible, it is far from strategic; hot air escapes from many more places, such as walls and floors.

Therefore, if you’ve insulated your roof alone, it’s definitely time to give these additional areas due attention as well.

In the case of floors, approximately 15% of heat is lost from a house via this route. Insulation acts to prevent draughts coming up through the floorboards-and the resultant problems this causes.

In addition to this, you should also consider insulating the gaps between the skirting boards and the floor, which also helps in combat cold spots, and the potential for thermal bridging.

Floor insulation is most commonly done when putting a new floor in place, but most floors can be retrofitted with insulating material, and this will make a large saving to your overall heating bill.

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According to the Energy Saving Trust, installing floor insulation underneath a wood surface saves about £60 per year-making it a cost-effective investment to consider!

Benefits of Underfloor Insulation

One of the most fundamental benefits of underfloor insulation is that eliminates air leaks. This prevents the infiltration of cold, which is particularly beneficial in the case of wooden floors, as they don’t have the additional layer of carpet to assist in with warmth.

In general, filling the gap between the skirting boards and the floor can save about £25, as well as contributing to a more comfortable, internal environment.

Floor insulation acts to slow the movement of heat transfer through the floor, ensuring that heat is retained in each room for longer.

For the eco-warriors amongst you, floor insulation keeps your conscience-and budget-a brighter shade of green.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, installing floor insulation underneath a wood surface saves about £60 per year.

You’ll also reduce your carbon footprint by a staggering 240kg per year in the process, enabling the environment to breathe a welcome sigh of relief.

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An accredited contractor knows what to look for, and, should any problems arise, can work around them with ease, without causing detrimental damage to your home in the process

Limitations of Underfloor Insulation

Installing underfloor insulation is far from a D.I.Y project-yet many people press on regardless, despite the advice of the experts.

This can prove particularly troubling in the case of older homes, where removal of the floorboards results in some rather nasty surprises, including rotten timber, and even the evidence of rodent activity.

And the problems don’t end there.

For some who attempt to install it themselves, fundamental flaws in their home’s foundations start to surface as soon as the boards remove. However, by opting for a licensed installer, you’re peace of mind’s preserved.

This is because an accredited contractor knows what to look for, and, should any problems arise, can work around them with ease, without causing detrimental damage.

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Spray foam provides a superior seal for your floorboards, keeping heat locked in, and cool air firmly locked out. As a result, you’ll experience far more comfortable conditions, and less need to use external devices, such as heaters, to make up for the shortfall, because spray foam works so effectively

Why Spray Foam Offers the Ultimate Underfloor Insulation Solution

When it comes to hard-to-reach places, traditional insulation isn’t always up to the job.

Materials such as fibreglass and cellulose sag and lag over time, coming detached from framing, and consequently letting cool air leak in.

Considering the fact that your floor is one of the main heat loss hotspots (along with the roof and walls), such poor long-term performance is pretty off-putting.

You want, and deserve, better value for money. And, thankfully, spray foam insulation provides it.

Spray foam provides a superior seal for your floorboards, keeping heat locked in, and cool air firmly locked out. As a result, you’ll experience far more comfortable conditions, and less need to use external devices, such as heaters, to make up for the shortfall, because spray foam works so effectively.

In addition to this, spray foam also provides the following range of benefits:

  • 100% water-blown, making it far more environmentally friendly
  • Improves sound proofing, and reduces noise transfer
  • Substantially increases your property’s EPC rating, resulting in higher home resale value
  • Performs for the life of the building
  • Pays for itself almost immediately, through significant savings on bills

Don’t put up with poor floor insulation performance; insulate with spray foam instead. Simply call 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to get the ball rolling today!