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Our buyer’s guide to loft insulation

Your loft is one of the areas of the house that is always forgotten about. We know insulating your loft isn’t the most fantastic nor glamourous job to do, it should only be done once and it will be hugely advantageous to your comfort and your bank balance.

Before you start insulating your loft, the first thing you need to do is decide which type of insulating material you are going to use. There are a number of different options to choose from which can be matched to your needs. Whether you’re looking for something that’s stable to walk on, one that’s eco-friendly or one that is kind to your skin, there is insulation for everyone.

Here at Thompson & Parkes we will talk you through all the options.

Glass Mineral Wool

Alternatively known as fibreglass, glass mineral wool insulation is the traditional and most popular option. It is made from recycled glass it has a vegetable based binder which makes it softer and less itchy to your hands. This type of insulation is ideal for newer properties & usually available in different depths.

Encapsulated Glass Mineral Wool

This has been developed to reduce the risk of irritation and itchiness to your skin. The glass mineral wool is covered by think plastic on the bottom and a part metallised polythene film on the top. This insulation is a lot easier to work with.

Sheep’s Wool

Sheep’s wool insulation is not only natural but it’s a breathable alternative which requires very little energy for the manufactures to make which makes it an eco-friendly choice. Produced from British sheep’s wool it is non-irritant and clean so you do not need to wear protective wear when handling it.

Recycled Plastic Bottles

This an eco-friendly option as it is made from 85% recycled plastic bottles. It is non-irritant and non-itchy meaning you do not need to wear gloves. It’s soft and light and you can tear it with your hands.

Polystyrene and Chipboard Insulation

If you want to install access boards in your loft why not combine both insulation & access with a combination of polystyrene insulation with a prefixed chipboard top layer. It provides insulation whilst also offering a firm and flat surface. Quick and easy to cut and fit, it can be installed over existing timber loft boards.

Need any more help? Why not pop into Thompson & Parkes and we can talk you through the right insulation for you.

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