Before you start insulating your floor, you need to make sure the area is ready. This means lifting the floorboards so you can see the joists and the wooden beams that support your floor. Check the joists for any damage or defects, and fix them if necessary.
If the joists are resting on exposed clay or soil, you should lay a vapour barrier to prevent moisture from rising into your home.
Now, it’s time to make your underfloor space warm and comfortable. Cover the joists with a special material that lets air through but blocks out drafts and moisture. This material will create spaces where you can put insulation.
For your insulation, choose a high-quality, natural material like sheep’s wool, wood fibre, or Jute insulation. These materials act like nature’s air conditioners, helping to control moisture by absorbing and slowly releasing it when humidity levels change.
Under the UK Government’s ECO4 funding scheme, a qualified professional will check if your property is suitable. Even if your ceiling and walls are insulated, up to 20% of your heating escapes through the floor.
If you have a basement or cellar, you likely have a suitable suspended floor for UFI. Sloping properties may also qualify.
Older homes often have suspended timber ground floors, losing more heat as they’re over a void of cold air.
Air or ventilation bricks on outside walls could indicate a suitable suspended floor for UFI.
Underfloor insulation can range from £300 to £1200, focusing on insulating the ground floor. Thanks to various government grants, you may get your underfloor insulation installed free of cost.
Furthermore, the table below illustrates statistics from the Energy Saving Trust showcasing average annual energy savings based on your house type:
You may check your eligibility for government grants related to underfloor insulation here.
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