Putting insulation on the outside of your house – you need to know your stuff.
◻︎ Yes, this is really an option to be considered however it is essential that you get trade or professional advice.
◻︎ There is plenty of information on the Energy Saving Trust website including technical guidance.
◻︎ This is a highly technical as well as skilled process and you will need to do your homework. Check that contractors are currently registered with the relevant trade bodies such as INCA, their work is covered by an insurance-backed guarantee, and that the contractor is on the product or system manufacturer’s approved list.
◻︎ By the way, do check current membership of trade bodies by contacting the bodies direct.
◻︎ Ignore flyers found on the doormat – however plausible!
Putting insulation on the exterior of your home
Some general dos and don’ts
Breaking down and lumping together tasks. Try and tackle the work either in phases room-by-room (which makes it easier to control the work) or by lumping together work within a particular trade (to avoid return visits adding to costs).
Avoid taking risks (financial and safety) when selecting contractors and tradespeople. There is excellent advice on various websites including www.hants.gov.uk/tradingstandards and the national directory www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk
One of the best sites for further research is www.energysavingtrust.org.uk Follow links to energy at home and reducing home heat loss.
The BRE publish a number of Good Building Guides which will be useful.