Spray Foam Insulation: An Effective Way to Reduce Your Heating Bills AND Reinforce Your Roof
If like so many homeowners these days you are keen to do all you can to boost the energy efficiency of your home, you may be interested to learn about an incredibly effective way of insulating your roof. It’s an innovation that has the potential to save you considerably on your heating bills, yet it won’t cause your home to swelter during the summer months. What’s more, it could even extend the life of your roof.
Why do our heating bills always seem to go up but never down? We all appear to be looking for solutions to reduce what we spend on energy in our homes. Preventing heat loss from by insulating a property is one way to keep those bills down. But not all insulation methods are suitable for all properties.
Insulating your home the better way
You may have considered external insulation but were told your walls weren’t suitable. Or perhaps you thought about loft insulation, but were put off by the valuable storage space it would rob you of.
So what’s left you may wonder? The good news is you haven’t run out of options.
A neat home insulation innovation
Foam roof insulation
Foam roof insulation is a home insulation innovation that’s suitable for a variety of property types. It’s one of the most effective insulators on the market, designed to significantly reduce heat loss from the roof. And we all know that reduced heat loss can cut our energy bills.
If you’ve already looked into foam roof insulation but were put off by warnings that it is not suitable for properties in flood prone and damp areas, please don’t leave us just yet. You see, it very much depends upon the type of foam that’s used, and the care that’s taken by the installer to assess the roof ahead of installation to ensure its suitability for the product.
Here at NG Home Improvements, we used Duratherm OS Roof Insulation. It’s compliant with Building Regulations, which means it meets crucial safety standards. What’s more, providing set guidelines are followed during installation, and an adequate condensation risk analysis is carried out (something we do of course fully adhere to), the product is known to limit or even eradicate roof condensation build-up. It’s still important though to ensure a loft with foam insulation is properly ventilated; again something we’ll be sure to check.
Duratherm, like any foam roof insulator, must only ever be installed by trained and approved contractors. It is British Board of Agrément (BBA) approved and (Local Authority Building Control) LABC accredited and, when installed by our experts, comes with a reassuring quality and service guarantee.
The benefits of foam roof insulation
We thought you might like to learn more about the benefits of roof insulating foam other than energy efficiency and condensation reduction, so here are some of the best ones.
Space saving in your roof
Roof insulating foam takes up a great deal less space than traditional insulation products which means you won’t have to lose that much-needed storage space in your loft.
Warm in the winter, cool in the summer
There is no need to worry about your home sweltering in the summer once it has been insulated, because the design of the foam is breathable meaning you’ll enjoy lovely warmth in the winter, and stay nice and cool in the summer.
Roof insulation foam creates a seal around your loft space, which is great news for allergy sufferers because allergens and dust carried on the wind outside cannot get through into your home.
Spray foam insulation is a highly effective sound proofer. Its structure provides acoustic effects that can be compared to those of double glazing. So that’s even less of the outside noise filtering into your home.
Foam roof insulation can extend the life of your roof. Duratherm OS Roof Insulation foam sets rigid which means it can help to reinforce roofs that are under strain from nail fatigue (where the nails that hold the tiles in place start to rust leading to slipping tiles). The foam can also help to support cavity walls where the wall ties are failing leading to bulges and cracks in the walls.
Insulation foam is suitable for a wide range of surfaces and its flexibility means it is perfect for spaces that are unusual in shape.
How it works and what to consider
It is recommended by the National Insulation Association that spray foam insulation is only installed by a professional who has been trained to correctly apply it.
The installer should be assessed by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) and the foam should have a BBA certificate or equivalent to demonstrate its compliance with the Building Regulations.
Every installation must begin with a survey. Here at NG Home Improvements we carry out a U-value calculation and a condensation risk assessment. These tell us the level to which your home is currently insulated, and show how likely it is that condensation will occur within the structure of your property. We’ll check for any potential issues and devise solutions to ensure they do not arise.
We’ll also use our specialist technology to calculate precisely the thickness of the foam insulation that suits your property, taking into consideration factors such as what you are looking to achieve other than insulation (sound proofing, structural support, etc.)
Everything we do is tailored specifically to your individual property and your goals. All installations come with a 10-year insurance-backed workmanship guarantee and a 25-year manufacturer guarantee.
Want to find out more about foam roof installation?
Our friendly experts are at your service. Why not give us a call today to learn more about how foam roof installation could benefit your home? Remember, your home is at the heart of our business, so if there’s something we can do to improve it for you, you can rest assured we’ll be there with the service you need. Get in touch with us today about Foam Roof Insulation for your home.