FAQs About Insulation
The current regulations under the Government’s ECO (energy company obligation) programme states that a minimum 270mm of loft insulation is required.
Any mess created should be minimal, as the installers will provide dustsheets to cover the areas of carpeting/flooring around the loft access areas and to the door of entry into the property
Between 30 minutes to an hour and a half depending on the size of the property and the amount of insulation being installed. Our surveyor can give an indication during the survey.
There can be as much as 25% of heat lost through a roof which is not adequately insulated.
Your existing insulation can be left in the loft and the additional layers added to it to bring it up to the required minimum thickness.
It does not matter how long the existing insulation has been in your loft, it still retains some of its insulation properties.
Once the loft has been insulated to a minimum 270mm thickness the ceiling joists will no longer be visible making the roof space hazardous to anyone attempting to enter.
If you already have a storage area that is no more than a third of your loft area our installers will work around it and leave it uncovered.
Yes they will. Direct Savings will insulate any tanks and pipe-work that are in your roof space to ensure they do not freeze.
Providing there is sufficient ventilation existing within the roof space, condensation will not occur. The installers are responsible for leaving all areas of ventilation clear of insulation to maintain the current airflow.
However if at the time of survey it is noticed there are already signs of condensation then the surveyor will advise of appropriate measures that are available to help solve this problem.
On rare occasions where the loft hatch is not big enough to get the insulation into the loft a new loft hatch can be created by Direct Savings at an additional cost. Our surveyor will advise you as appropriate.
Yes. Upon completion of the work the installers will fit a draught excluder strip around the loft hatch, providing it is made of timber.
No, apart from cables feeding an electric shower unit. A cable that feeds a shower unit is usually a 30amp.
The installers will identify this and make sure this cable is not covered by the insulation by either laying the cable on top if there is enough flex or leaving a gap in the insulation around the cable to ensure it does not overheat.
No. The installers will cut the insulation away from these leaving a gap of approximately 2″ around the lights to prevent overheating.
It is not always possible to do these areas. The reason being is that the timbers within these areas need to breathe and if loft insulation is fitted in these areas it can block the airflow off altogether.
However every property has to be treated on an individual basis and the surveyor will make an assessment when visiting the property and advise you accordingly.
It is very common that roof spaces are not big enough for anyone to stand up in. This is not usually a problem as the installers are usually working in a kneeling position on walk boards.
Direct Savings work to a 1m height minimum for installers to gain access. It is very rare that a roof space is less than this. If it is less than this, our surveyor will advise you if we can still insulate.