Take care going into your loft. Avoid using a step ladder. Wear a cycle helmet (yes we know it looks silly). Take a torch. And try not to put your foot through the ceiling.
How much loft insulation does your home have?
1. Less than 15cm deep (which means you can clearly see the ceiling rafters)
2. More than 15cm deep (which means the rafters are hidden)
3. We live in a chalet bungalow so we don’t have a proper loft – do we? (Clue. See below)
4. No idea. It’s full of the children’s toys/my partner’s/ex-partner’s stuff and there’s no light switch. I last went up there in 1993 to remove a dead pigeon from the water tank.
Going through the roof
For loft conversions and chalet bungalows – insulate accessible attic crawl spaces in the same way, and additionally run the insulation onto the backs of the attic room stud walls.
A thermal imaging camera used for a thermal image camera survey(postcard 7) will help identify any poorly insulated areas to dormers and attic rooms, such as where insulation fitted between rafters for sloping sections of ceiling is missing. Insulating wallpaper may be a solution if just small localisedareas of missing insulation are picked up in the survey.
CAUTION: Unfortunately, sprayed expanding foam applied to the underside of the roof, has previously been sold as a heat loss solution. However, there are now concerns that it causes its own problems including poor air circulation, increased condensation and even rotting timbers. This has left some homeowners unable to sell or remortgage their home.
Issued September 2022
Take part at your own risk.