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Why Has Floor Insulation Become So Popular?

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As you may already be aware of, the insulation of people’s floors has over the years become a popular solution for those who wish to make their homes that much more cosy. Similar to the traditional methods of loft insulation, floor insulation’s popularity (along with floor heating) is certainly on the up and up.

The reasons for its rising star are due to after having it fitted, are:

  • Lower costs for your energy bills lower
  • Make a home more energy efficient
  • To help lengthen the longevity of your home

And while it is not ideal for every setting, (i.e. A stone floored cottage in the countryside) insulation in flooring can make a big difference to the feel of the interior of a home where it is fitted.

Materials for Insulation

A number of different materials can be put to good use in floor insulation, including layered materials such as reflective foil to bounce heat back into a home, backed with fibreglass insulation to keep the floor insulated from temperature exchanges. And even the likes of sheep wool, glass fibre, foil, foil bubletec, and overlay boards.

Traditionally Not Used

Down through known history, floors were not given any kind of insulation due to beliefs that heat rises, so people should focus on preventing heat loss through their ceilings and walls which happens as hot air moves upward throughout homes.

However, heat loss through flooring does happen when an area below the floor is not climate controlled. And so:

  • Neglecting to insulate a home’s flooring will contribute to higher energy bills due to heating systems having to work that much harder to keep rooms warm.
  • And this is one of the main reasons for the popularity of insulation and underfloor heating in Glasgow, these days.

Makes Common Sense

A floor is certainly a good candidate for where insulation should be installed if the area below is not heated and fully vented. The creation of insulation between heated areas, such as between a basement and a house, does not make much and only for reasons of noise control.

Insulating a poorly ventilated area can trap moisture in, under and around the floor, which will eventually go on to damage the home. The same goes for when an area under a floor happens to be wet, it will need to be fitted with a good method of drainage, or moisture will create problems. Some types of floor insulation can be blown into some floors, or simply installed manually, via the method of what is known as “batting”.

If you are interested in getting your home’s floors either insulated or fitted with heating, you should contact and consult with experts regarding insulation options. By having them make an assessment on what is available for your home, you will then be able to choose from a number of options.

You will also notice a big difference in the warmth and feel of your home after your floors have been made more cosy and energy friendly.

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