Insulating your floorboards can help to lower energy bills and save you around £60 per year. So, if you want a warmer home that is cheaper to run, floor insulation is something you should consider, so what do you need to know?
What Kind of Flooring Do You Have?
If your home was built before the 1930s then you will have a suspended timber floor that consists of joists and floorboards. If your property was built after the 1930s then it is likely that you have a solid floor. However, there is a range of insulation products that we offer such as the Celotex Insulation Board and Isocheck.
The Different Types of Floor Insulation
There are a number of floor insulation products available that are designed for solid and suspended floors
Insulation for Suspended Wood Floors – If you don’t have a basement then you will need to lift the floorboards to install the insulation. You can then use one of the aforementioned products between the joists before adding wood fibreboards to hold everything in place.
If you do have a basement then the insulation can be installed from underneath and then battens can be used underneath the joists to improve insulation further. Netting can then be held to hold the insulation in place.
Solid Floor Insulation – If you are installing insulation on an existing solid floor then it can be installed over the top of the floor. When installing it over the floor, you will need to make sure that you adjust doors and ensure that electrical sockets are repositioned so that they meet regulations. Prior to laying the floor insulation, you will need to make sure that you lay a damp-proof membrane as this will prevent moisture from penetrating the insulation.
Is it Possible to Install Floor Insulation Yourself?
It is possible for most people with some form of DIY experience to undertake the process of installing insulation themselves. When installing insulation in a wooden floor, the process is easier than installing insulation on a solid floor. This is because you have to take into consideration the need to alter doors and reposition electrical sockets. Therefore, if you are someone who does not have the experience of confidence then you should use a professional who will understand what materials you need and what is required to install it correctly.
What is the Cost?
If you choose to install the insulation yourself then you are going to save money on labor costs that a professional will charge. On the average-sized room, it is possible to insulate a suspended floor for around £100. If you choose to have a professional take care of the job for you then you can expect to spend around double this amount. If you have a solid floor insulated by a professional then you can expect to spend around £900 for an average-sized room.
So, if you are looking to save money and make your home warmer, then we have a range of floor insulation products for you to consider.