Insulating under your floorboards is a real walkover when it comes to saving on your energy bills.
With easy measures to stop heat escaping through walls and roofs, it makes perfect sense to also look to insulate your ground level floorboards.
Savings of between £60-£75 can be made each year for solid floor insulation – with savings of up to £120 possible for timber floor insulation.
So with our team of skilled tradesmen on board, combined with a spot of DIY draught-proofing, underfloor insulation can be a highly-effective energy saving measure.
All types of properties can benefit from underfloor insulation
Older homes are more likely to have suspended timber floors. Timber floors can be insulated by lifting the floorboards and laying mineral wool insulation supported by netting between the joists.
Many homes – especially newer homes - will have a ground floor made of solid concrete. This can be insulated with rigid insulation laid on top.
You don't need to insulate the floors of upstairs rooms in your house if they're above heated spaces (like the living room). But you should think about insulating any floors that are above unheated spaces such as garages, as you could be losing a lot of heat through those.
How Direct Savings can help
The Direct Savings free Home Health Check will allow us to assess how energy efficient your home is – and to decide whether you would benefit from underfloor insulation.
Our extensive, 10 year experience as one of the UK’s leading energy efficiency specialists means we are ideally placed to source the best possible funding option for your floor insulation.
How we do it
For suspended timber floors, our team of expert technicians will lift your floorboards, fit the insulation and replace them afterwards. Costs vary depending on how big your house is and how easy the floorboards are to lift and to replace.
For solid concrete floors, it is always advised whenever they need to be replaced, to put in insulation - in fact, you have to insulate a floor when it is replaced in order to comply with current Building Regulations.
Solid floors are insulated using rigid insulation foam, which can be fitted either above or below the concrete. If the concrete is above the insulation it can sometimes store heat during the day which helps keep the room warm at night. On the other hand, if the insulation is above the concrete, the room will heat up more quickly in the morning.
If your concrete floor doesn't need to be replaced, it can still be insulated. Rigid insulation can be laid on top of the original concrete floor, then chipboard flooring put on top of that. This will raise the level of the floor, so you will need to make sure doors are trimmed shorter to make room for the insulation, and skirting boards and some electrical sockets might need to be moved.
Regardless of whether you have a suspended timber or solid floor, it is always recommended to do a spot of occasional DIY to seal the gaps between floors and skirting boards to reduce draughts using a sealant gun.
Rugs and carpets on the floor will also help your feet feel warmer - which might mean you don't feel the need to put the heating on as much.
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