Underfloor Insulation is one of the elements of your home’s thermal barrier set, and it helps you to preserve about 25% of your home’s heat. If you live in a home that is from the 30s, 40s, or even 50s; the insulation in it has already served for many decades. So, it is safe to say that now it is the right time for insulation replacement. Unfortunately, Underfloor Insulation often gets low priority, but homeowners should focus on it too. Roof and wall insulation get high priority, most of the time.
Let’s come to the prime topic now! How much Underfloor Insulation would you need? Well, this is a question to answer after analyzing many factors. First of all, you need to determine the right insulation type for it. Here, you have to consider a few facts such as the area you live in and climate of the region. For example, if the city gets affected by floods a few times a year; it is safe to say that you need thermal barriers that can withstand water or floods. Or, if the wildlife presence is high in the district; the same rule applies, again. Should you use blown-in or spray-foam as Underfloor Insulation? Well, those two thermal barrier types are brilliant in terms of thermal performance, but since water ingress can affect those to a greater extent; you will benefit from looking for other alternatives such as rigid panels.
You can calculate the area to insulate yourself but enter the underfloor compartment carefully. As our earlier articles have revealed, the underfloor compartment may be a spot where wildlife or pest do live in large numbers; they can attack you. Anyway, you can get a rough idea of the amount of Underfloor Insulation needed by measuring the floor’s area without entering the underfloor compartment as well; by directly measuring the area of the floor. Sometimes, you may still use a portion of existing underfloor thermal barriers. So, you have to replace the damaged or old ones only. Anyway, we don’t say that analyzing the condition of Underfloor Insulation yourself is a straightforward task. You may need to hire a home inspector or get a representative from the insulation company for it.
If you are considering batts or rigid panels as Underfloor Insulation; calculating the number of panels according to the floor’s area is not a challenging task. Depending on the underfloor compartment’s structural elements, the installation of thermal barriers can become a real challenge. Also, those structural elements may make you cut batts or rigid panels to make them fit within beams or slots. Well, cutting those batts or rigid panels is not a challenging task, but taking those measurements in the underfloor compartment is a real challenge. You will have to spend a few hours there, which is a nightmare.
Should you hire professionals for all the aspects of Underfloor Insulation? Yes, you will highly benefit if you do it that way. Let those professionals determine everything, including the right insulation type, amount of insulation, and so on. Those professionals are trained individuals to perform these tasks efficiently and safely. For all your Underfloor Insulation needs, NoGap is here for you. We supply high-quality thermal barriers and offer other services such as inspections and recommending the right insulation type for your property.