Four Important Questions You Must Ask About Internal Wall Insulation

Internal Wall Insulation Questions You Must Ask

Are you losing heat in your home? It’s a question most homeowners probably can’t answer for certain. But there are sure to be some tell tale signs. Draught. Unsightly damp patches. Cold walls. And, worst of all, mould appearing. If your insulation isn’t doing its job then not only is it costing you money now, and driving up your home heating bill, it is potentially damaging the fabric of your building for the future. And that can only mean more trouble. And more money. We specialise in Internal Wall Insulation systems. Our solutions are designed to be smart and specific to your building. One size doesn’t fit all, nor does one solution. To help you understand what you’re dealing with, here’s four questions to ask before you start.

What do you know about your building. When was it built and what are the primary materials?

Depending on the materials the building may or may not be breathable. Do you know? If it is breathable, and you want to maintain these characteristics then all the materials used in your upgrade must be breathable, otherwise it will make things worse. Think of the condensation on car windows on a wet day. If you don’t know then you need to find out before you commit to any insulation solution. A truly breathable material must be vapour open, capillary active and hygroscopic, in short the materials used can deal with the formation of water due to vapour condensing and direct it in the path of least resistance – either to the outside or inside face of the wall – not like your windscreen.

Is the proposed Insulation solution the right one for your building?

There are many insulation products out there, some of them sold without any care or concern for the individual needs of a particular building. You need to be able to ask your insulation provider the right questions. Have they surveyed the building? We do. Every time. Have they done a risk assessment to see what effect their proposed plan of action may have? Is it the right plan of action? Do you know enough to be sure?

Will the Insulation solution take into account the risk of damage to the building and the health of the people that live or work there?

If you have problems with cold bridges in your building, and these can be anything from plug sockets even to places where metal is used to attach insulation to walls, then a temporary fix can be worse than leaving the building to deteriorate. For people with asthma and other breathing conditions mould in a building is a problem. It can exacerbate their condition, cause illness and provoke other medical conditions. What is a cold bridge? Very simply a cold bridge is a gap or weakness in a building’s insulation. Typically it is found in reveals around doors and windows; where cables and pipes penetrate walls and at junctions of walls, floors and roofs. So if you have cold bridges in your property you are losing heat; you are wasting money on heating and your insulation is not effective.

Are there risks in Insulating Solid Walls

Solid walls are often quite damp in Winter and Spring. Brick, mortar and some stone can transfer water to the internal face through capillary action. However you must understand that the insulation solution you choose may interrupt the heat flow of moisture and although it may dry out the walls it can also leave your wall at risk of being very wet during freeze thaw events. The resultant damage can be serious. Very simply, where does the vapour go? And what happens if it doesn’t?

Speak to the Experts. . .

Before you embark on an Internal Wall Insulation programme, speak to the real experts who have the interests of your build at heart. They will take the time and do a survey, outlining for you the real options that will achieve what you want. Better insulation, more warmth in winter, no build up of condensation in the home and less money wasted on hefty fuel bills.

Mould on Walls and Cold Bridges

Cold Bridges Explained

Cold bridges are a common problem in many buildings, causing damp and mould. But, the good news is that they can be treated effectively.

Why Have I Got Mould on the Walls?

Nothing worse than builders talking building language you can’t understand. When you’re thinking about insulating your home, or if a damp spot or patch of mould appears on your wall, you might hear the builder talk about a cold bridge. In fact if you develop a damp patch or mould you want to hear him talking about a cold bridge because it means he knows that he’s talking about!

So What is a Cold Bridge?

Very simply a cold bridge [or thermal bridge] is a gap or weakness in a building’s insulation. Typically it is found:

o   In reveals around doors and windows

o   Where cables and pipes penetrate walls

o   At junctions of walls, floors and roofs

Why is a Cold Bridge a Problem?

The answer to this is straightforward. If you have cold bridges in your property you are losing heat; you are wasting money on heating and your insulation is not effective. You wouldn’t pour a percentage of your heating oil down the drain but that’s in effect what you are doing if your insulation isn’t doing its job. Before you know it, you have mould appearing on your walls. It looks bad but it is treatable.

What are the effects of a Cold Bridge?

Many people spend money on thick insulation and the benefit is lost because of cold bridges that are not treated properly. Effects of a cold bridge are:

o   Your building is much harder to heat

o   Indoor surfaces are at lower winter temperatures

o   An increased risk of surface condensation

o   Risk of damages to building units, leading to vacancies and rehousing costs

o   Danger of mildew and mould, causing serious health threats, potential litigation

o   Complaints, withheld payments, reputation damage

How Can Enviroform Solutions Help?

We provide unique flexible solutions that are specific to your building. We have specific products to address any of the cold bridging problems that you might encounter.   We are able to future proof the fabric of the building by treating all cold bridges irrespective of:

o  where they are;

o  what the cause is,

o  how old the building is or

o  how complex the problem.

To find out more about our Building Specific Solutions get in touch. We’re smart about building insulation that suits your needs.

Enviroform Reveals ThermoSoc At Self Build Show

Internal Wall Insulation Solutions

Enviroform was one of hundreds of exhibitors at the 2015 Self Build and Improve your home show held in the Balmoral Complex.

At the show we unveiled our new Thermo soc product. It is designed for use when you are installing an internal wall insulation system and you want to improve the efficiency of your home and reduce the loss of heat through sockets.

The immediate reaction to this problem by most people is that they didn’t know it existed. That is typical of many of the inefficiencies in home insulation. It is also true that many of these problems can be rectified quite easily using building specific insulation systems such as those supplied by Enviroform.

Effective Against Heat Loss

Back to our internal insulation problem. Cutting holes in the insulation for plug sockets can cause unnecessary heat loss. Thermo Soc solves this problem, by providing a secure and safe barrier, eliminating heat loss and vapour transfer. The insulation material we use in our solutions is aerogel.

As with other cold bridging problems, this can lead to damp and eventually mould. Eventually it could cost you money. At the show using a simple model, we were able to demonstrate in a simple step by step process, how Thermo soc is installed and how it works in practice.

There was significant interest in Thermo soc socket box as an all in one insulation solution. We spoke to architects, builders and DIY enthusiasts determined to renovate their own home. In most instances people were unaware of this as a problem

We were also able to demonstrate how our Ticam tool cuts out the exact dimensions required to place Thermo soc in the position required.

The show allowed us to demonstrate to hundreds of people the real value of good quality insulation in the home. This investment will save you money and will eliminate the problems caused by damp and mould. We also demonstrated our reveal kit which is ideal for addressing the problem called by damp and mould on window reveals. We offer a straightforward solution using aerogel.

If in doubt, ask the experts. You only insulate once.