Insulate to Keep the Cold out This Winter

Styroloft - In SituWith winter just around the corner, most homeowners will turn up the heating, however if the house isn’t properly insulated, this could be a huge waste of energy and money.

In winter, the air surrounding a home and the foundations on which it stands are always at a much lower temperature than the building so, no matter how efficient the heating system is, the house will still lose heat.

If the heating is at a higher temperature, the house will be warmer for a while, but the level of heat that escapes will also be much higher. In addition, more fuel will be burned and more carbon dioxide will be produced, which isn’t great for the environment.

With around 25% of heat lost from an un-insulated home escaping through the roof, a simple and effective way to reduce this is to insulate the loft floor or the inside of the roof.

Insulation helps to block the heat from your home escaping into the atmosphere, therefore reducing carbon dioxide emissions and benefiting the environment.

If the loft is accessible, with no damp or condensation problems and regular loft joists, installing insulation can be quick, easy and cost effective.

Most homes have some insulation, but it might not be as effective as it could be or to the recommended thickness, which is 270mm. Existing insulation can be topped up or replaced easily by using loft roll or blanket insulation. This comes in different thicknesses and widths that are designed to be laid between joists. However, this cannot be walked on, so for a loft that is used for storage, loft boards also needs to be installed and fixed on top of the joists.

Styroloft_imageStyroloft® boards from Panel Systems, provide an insulating alternative to chipboard that will help to further reduce heat loss through the loft space, as well as providing a robust surface that can withstand light footfall and be used for storage.

Styroloft® is manufactured from birch plywood, which is bonded to both faces of Styrofoam extruded polystyrene insulation. It is available in thicknesses ranging from 18mm to 115mm and provides 15 times greater energy efficiency than standard 18mm chipboard.

The boards are lightweight, weighing less than 3kg each, and can be easily cut on site with no need for specialist equipment or skills. This makes it easy to lift them through the loft hatch with no need to cut into smaller sections and piece back together once inside. The boards can also be butted together to give a smooth and even surface.

Styroloft® is also a durable, long term solution, as its Styrofoam core is resistant to moisture and will not deteriorate, like some other materials.

Styroloft® boards can be easily fitted by a competent DIY-er and comes with all the required fixings. Once it is fully insulated, with loftroll and Styroloft®, the home will be warmer in winter and cooler in summer, the heating level does not need to be set as high, using less fuel, which in turn is better for the environment. Furthermore the homeowner’s bank balance will also benefit as, according to the Energy Saving Trust, the average detached home can save up to £225 a year on heating bills.

Panel Systems offer a range of insulation solutions for roofs, floors and walls for both new build and refurbishment projects. So if you’re looking to make better use of your loft space, find out more about Styroloft® and our other Styrofoam insulation products including Styrofloor® flooring insulation panels and Styroliner® insulated dryliner boards. Alternatively call us on 0114 249 5626.

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