How Important is Insulation?
If you are serious about converting your loft space into a comfortable space in your home, then including proper loft insulation is important. While it is an additional cost, it will help you save more money in the future when it comes to running your home. Along with this, if you sell your home in the future, buyers are often willing to pay more for a home that is well-protected by insulation. Insulation will improve the EPC value and the thermal efficiency of your home, allowing you to save money on energy bills while ensuring that the loft stays at the right temperature all year round.
Regulations on Loft Conversion Insulation
Converting your loft into a usable space will add more value to your home, along with increasing the EPC certificate, which is used to determine how energy efficient your home is. However, in order to be signed off as a legal conversion, there are some regulations that your loft will need to meet. In England and Scotland, the U-value must by 0.15/W square metres. The regulations do not apply to the type of materials used. There are different options to choose from, each with a different thickness to ensure that the minimum U-value is achieved.
Which Areas of Your Loft are Best to Insulate?
There are three main areas of your loft conversion that will need to be insulated to keep your home up to standard and ensure that you get the best performance. These include:
These are the small walls located at the end of sloping ceilings. Rigid boards or wool can be used to insulate stud walls. Since this method is fairly straightforward, it’s usually relatively cheap to insulate stud walls.
The roof is typically the largest area of the loft, so because of this, it can be difficult to correctly insulate. This makes it one of the more expensive areas of the loft conversion to insulate. No matter what approach or material you use, the roof insulation will usually be the biggest expense.
The residual space is the joist area that is not a part of the room structure and is often used for storage due to the fact that it is easy to access. The residual space can be insulated in the same way as you would insulate a standard loft, by adding wool insulation in between the joists.
How Much Will Insulation Cost?
How much you can expect to spend on insulating your loft conversion will depend on a number of factors, including the size of your loft, the type of conversion that you have opted for, and the type of insulation materials that you decide to use. Bear in mind that you may need to use different types of insulation for the different areas of the loft, which can impact the cost.
If you are planning a loft conversion and want more advice on getting the insulation right, get in touch today – we’re always happy to chat about your ideas at SimplyEasy Refurbs.