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.