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Insulation For The Floor
Insulation for the floor is simply insulation, which is placed beneath the floorboards. There are many different floor insulation products available on the market. The purpose of installing insulation for the floor is that it can help prevent heat from escaping through the floor. It is said that up to 1/5th of the heat in a building escapes through the floor. This is why it is important to ensure that a building has good insulation for the floor. In addition to this, the gaps between the floor as well as the skirting board may also require insulation. This is to help reduce potential cold drafts.
Reasons to insulate your floor
Installing insulation for floors can improve the energy efficiency of a building. This can help save on energy costs whilst raising the performance of a building. The ideal time to install floor insulation is when a new floor is being installed, however, floors can also be later retrofitted with insulation. Some people choose to upgrade their flooring with insulation in an effort to upgrade the environmental performance of a building. In addition to this, solid floor insulation can provide protection for piping systems. This means that a well insulated floor in the winter is at lower risk or a pipe bursting.
The install of floor insulation can reduce your carbon footprint. Furthermore, it means that less energy is needed to keep a house or building warm. The need for less energy means that energy bills are reduced, which therefore equates to year on year savings.
- Floor insulation can reduce heat loss
- It can reduce a households carbon footprint
- Solid floor insulation can provide protection for piping systems
- Floor insulation can lower energy costs
- Installng insulation for the floor can improve a buidlings performance
Another big motivation for people wanting to install floor insulation is that effective floor insulation can reduce drafts in a building. This is achieved by eliminating gaps between the floor and the ground where air can penetrate.
Different type of floor insulation
There are many different types of floor insulation. On our website we sell a range of top brands from the likes of Celotex and Kingspan. Floor insulation boards are popular insulation products for floors. There are many options when it comes to floor insulation boards.
Kingspan Floor Insulation
Kingspan offer a range of floor insulation products. These are in high demand on our website. Kingspan K103 Floor Insulation Boards form part of the Kooltherm range and are a premium floor insulation board. These high performance boards are suitable for use on both solid concrete floors and suspended floors. In addition to this, Kingspan also have a PIR board designed for floors, which is called Thermafloor TF70. Another product by Kingspan is GreenGuard Floor Insulation Board. This has been specifcally designed to be used as a insulation board for floors. The benefit of using GreenGuard is that it boasts high compressive strength as well as having great insulative properties. Lastly, Kingspan have introduced an Optim R Flooring System, which is priced on application.
Celotex Floor Insulation
Celotex General Purpose PIR Boards are one of our most popular products. Being a general purpose PIR board, it means that it is suitable for many different applications. Floor insulation being one of them. Celotex PIR boards vary in thicknesses and are a cost effective solution for floor insulation. The brand Celotex are widely known and respected within the insulation industry.
Rockwool Floor Insulation
Rockwool are mainly a manufacturer of insulation rolls, slabs and batts. The Rockwool RW range features many different products, which are suitable for use as insulation for floors. A popular product in the RW range are the RWA45 acoustic insulation slabs. These slabs boast excellent thermal qualities as well as having acoustic properties. In addition to the RWA45, Rockwool Flexi slabs can be used in floors. These slabs are easy to install and are available in a variety of thicknesses and size dimensions. Area coverage information can be easily found on every product on our website so you always are well informed before making your purchase.
These are just a handful of the popular flooring insulation products on our website. If you have any additional questions, then feel free to get in contact with us. Our UK office is open on weekdays 8am-5pm. All email enquries are aimed to be answerered on the same working day.
Cheap Floor Insulation
At Trade Insulations, we believe in providing top brands at trade prices. The best part is, you don't need to be in the trade to get trade price floor insulation. As dedicated sellers of floor insulation, we sell insulation online in high volumes. This means we can pass our savings directly on to our customers. None of our floor insulation is second-hand, so rest assured that every product on Trade Insulations is brand new and fit for purpose. The prices you see on our website are rock bottom prices. We believe that everybody should have access to affordable floor insulation. If you are looking to buy cheap floor insulation, then we can help.
Floor insulation thickness regulations UK
The UK building regulations for floor insulation differs depending on the type of floor as well as the size, shape and construction. For rigid foam insulation, it needs to be about 90mm in thickness and for mineral wool, the thickness needs to be at least 150mm. A U value of 0.25 needs to be achieved. Additional factors in the actual construction of the building may affect U Value. To be certain, the best thing to do is contact a builder or architect to review your specific requirements. Most builders tend to install rigid foam insulation boards between the floor joists as these can be fitted tightly to eliminate gaps.
For more information view the governments The Approved Documents, which provide guidance on ways to meet the building regulations.
On this page, you will find every potential floor insulation products that you would need for a building project. Our easy to use website means that you can purchase insulation for floors in just minutes. If you are unsure of anything, we advise you to get in contact with us and we can answer any questions you may have. We offer a large range of floor insulation products. Whether it is concrete floor insulation or underfloor insulation – we have you covered.
How is underfloor insulation installed?
There are multiple application methods that can be applied when insulating your floor depending on the type of insulation you need, size, and where abouts in the floor structure in which it will be fitted. Floor insulation can be applied in suspended floors, solid floors, and concrete floors.
Insulation for suspended floors
Underfloor insulation can be applied in suspended floors by going underneath the floors into a basement space and fitting insulation into the joists and securing using netting material.
A suspended floor is when there is a space beneath the floorboards and that the floorboards are laying over joists.
If there is no basement the floorboards should be lifted, and insulation fitted into the joists. It can also be applied by fitting netting in between the joists first and then placing the insulation on top of the nets.
Insulation for solid floors
Solid floors can be insulated by laying the insulation on top of existing flooring and then covering the insulation with the chosen floor finish. A damp-proof membrane is advised to be laid in between the solid floor and insulation boards to avoid moisture.
This method is not always recommended as it can affect the rest of the properties fixtures and fittings such as raising skirting boards, raising electrical sockets, shaving the bottom of doors and that’s before clearing out the whole space and pulling up the floorboards.
There are several insulation manufacturers that provide underfloor insulation such as Kingspan, Celotex, Iko Enertherm, among others.
Underfloor PIR boards
Underfloor PIR insulation boards are manufactured from rigid polyisocyanurate (PIR), a lightweight foam board sandwiched between two foil facings. It is a lightweight product to ensure easy cutting, handling, and application. It provides a multi-purpose use including, walls, roofs, and floors. It is a much-liked product when insulating floors.
Using Insulation slabs as underfloor insulation
Slabs are a flexible material that provides multi-purpose use. They are easy to cut, install and handle making them easily fit within joists and timber frames. This is a common choice when insulating concrete floors. Insulation slabs are available from brands including Kingspan, Knauf, and Rockwool.
Remember, all of our product pages feature data sheets and in depth information so that you can be sure that you can find the right insulation product for your floor.