The Pros & Cons of Cavity Wall Insulation
Here at Extract Insulation, we know that deciding to undertake work on your property is a complex one. We regularly handle queries from a range of customers, including these frequently asked questions.
Is cavity wall insulation suitable for all properties?
No. There are some conditions that means cavity wall insulation is not always suitable for a property. For this reason, we always carry out extensive assessments before recommending the right service to you. Having cavity wall insulation installed when it isn't suitable for the property can cause a range of issues, such as damp or structural damage. The property may also affect the type of materials that can be used to fill the cavity.
Why have cavity wall insulation installed?
Within homes the walls and loft are the main source of heating loss. Insulation provides an extra barrier, preventing the warm air from escaping as much. As a result having cavity wall insulation and loft insulation can dramatically reduce household energy bills. It will also improve a property's EPC rating, which can in turn raise property value and ensure the home meets basic energy efficiency standards.
Why would you remove cavity wall insulation?
There are many reasons why the insulation in cavity walls may be removed. In some cases, it may be installed incorrectly or a property may not have been suitable in the first place. It's also possible for damage to cause problems with the insulation, such as damage occurring to the external brickwork
Many problems with insulation stem from the insulation becoming damp. This not only means you don't receive the maximum benefit of the insulation but it can cause further issues to. Properties that need their cavity wall insulation removing are likely to experience damp and mould inside, for example.
What are the signs of failed cavity wall insulation?
Penetrating damp and mould are the main signs that you should contact a professional to assess your existing cavity wall insulation. You may also notice that your home is experiencing more heat loss, although this will be gradual and remains overlooked by many property owners.
Is it possible to remove cavity wall insulation?
Yes. We can remove cavity wall insulation if necessary, whether you would like it replacing or simply removing. Following a thorough assessment of your home, we use a variety of techniques to remove the insulation depending on a variety of factors, such as your property type and the material used. The methods we use are safe, causing no damage to the structural integrity of your property.
Is it possible to assess existing cavity wall insulation?
Yes. We use leading technology and equipment to gain a clear assessment of your existing cavity wall insulation, including using thermal imagery surveys, allowing us to make recommendations you can rely on.
Is an assessment vital before installing cavity wall insulation?
Yes. An assessment allows us to check the suitability of each property and select the right materials for each job. In rare cases, cavity wall insulation is not suitable for a building and an assessment allows this to be flagged up and alternatives suggested.
How is cavity wall insulation installed?
Cavity wall insulation is blown between the two brick layers of external walls. Out experienced team use industry leading technology to ensure there are no gaps within the material, maximising the energy efficiency results that your experience.
What are beads?
We use beads in our cavity wall insulation projects, as they reduce the risk of problems occurring. This material still delivers insulation benefits but do not absorb water, as a result the common issue of penetrating damp is removed.
If you have any further questions relating to cavity wall or loft insulation, our team is happy to help.
Do you want to know more about cavity wall insulation removal?
We also receive mails from troubled home owners who are looking to know about the cost of cavity wall extraction. The cost obviously varies from one project to another, depending on the size and need of the house. I am providing a very rough and basic idea on the cost.
Well, our service for a semi detached 3-bed property would be something like £1,300 – £2,000 while it would be £1,000 – £1,500 for one three–bed bungalow.