So recently (20-27th November) the country celebrated National Maintenance Week, which means there is no excuse to put off carrying out any essential upgrades or refurbishment work to your home.
But where to start? The main issues people have are how to keep warm during winter (whilst keeping heating bills low!) and how to create more space in the home.
Let’s look at the first one first – keeping warm in winter. Insulation upgrades to a property are really important as around 10 per cent of energy can escape through floors and 25 per cent through the roof. It’s important when having an extension or conservatory fitted that the floor is properly insulated. Many homeowners are benefiting from the installation of Styrofloor as an energy efficient upgrade. It’s an insulated floor panel made up of moisture resistant chipboard combined with Styrofoam insulation. Styrofloor is renowned for being easy to lay, is ideal for refurbishments and for new conservatories and extensions.
Around 35% of energy escapes from walls. During refurbishments, many builders choose to fit Styroliner, an insulated dry lining board that helps to create warmer rooms – it also reduces energy consumption. Styroliner is made from Styrofoam insulation which is bonded to plasterboard and is an effective method for insulating walls internally. It is even available as an Eco friendly option with zero Ozone Depletion Potential and low Global Warming Potential. Adding insulation is an effective solution for upgrading solid walls where there is no cavity that can be filled, for example, with foam insulation. Likewise, it is an effective solution for cavity walls as it retains a completely open cavity, allowing any moisture that does penetrate the external leaf to remain completely isolated from the inner leaf (a fully filled cavity can allow moisture penetration, which is evident with damp walls.)
Lofts are often an untapped part of the home, that can extend a households’ living space by up to a quarter, so it’s worth making them habitable – at the very least using them for storage. A great way to upgrade a loft is to install Styroloft boards, which help to reduce heat loss through the loft space, as well as providing a strong surface that can be walked on or used for storage.
The boards are made from birch plywood that is bonded to both faces of Styrofoam insulation. The boards can be fitted by a competent DIY-er as there’s no need for specialist equipment. They can also be butted together to give a smooth and even surface.
Within a short space of time, you could have a great place for storage.
If you’d like to find out more about any of our panels and boards that are suitable for refurbishment and maintenance, call us on 0114 249 5626.