Solid Wall Insulation

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Solid Wall Insulation

Uninsulated walls account for 35% of the total heat loss from the average home

The Government regards wall insulation as one of the most effective energy savings measures that most people can carry out on their homes and apart from saving money it is also major contributor to reducing emissions of carbon dioxide through the conservation of fuel and power.

Solid walls let through twice as much heat as cavity walls do. The good news is they can be insulated – from the inside or the outside.

If your home was built before 1920, the chances are that the external walls in your property are probably solid rather than the cavity walls founder in newer properties. Cavity walls are made of two layers with a small gap or ‘cavity’ between them whereas solid walls have no gap and as such allow more heat through. Solid walls can be insulated – either from the inside or the outside - it costs more than insulating a standard cavity wall, but the savings on your heating bills will also be bigger. These costs can be offset by carrying out the work at the same time as other home improvements or spreading the cost by not tackling all the house at once.

Internal wall insulation is done by fitting rigid insulation boards to the wall, or by building a stud wall filled in with mineral wool fibre.

External wall insulation involves fixing a layer of insulation material to the wall, then covering it with a special type of render (plasterwork) or cladding. The finish can be smooth, textured, painted, tiled, panelled, pebble-dashed, or finished with brick slips

Benefits of Solid Wall Insulation

  • Increases the life of your walls by protecting the brickwork
  • Improves weatherproofing and sound resistance
  • Renews the appearance of outer walls
  • Can substantially reduce your heating bills
  • Fills cracks and gaps in the brickwork, which will reduce draughts
  • Reduces condensation on internal walls and can help prevent damp