Underfloor insulation reduces energy costs and increases thermal comfort by creating a barrier that prevents heat transfer under the floorboards. It can also contribute to noise reduction and moisture control. It is important to choose the correct material and install it correctly to ensure maximum benefits.
There are a number of options available for underfloor insulation. Glass wool products are a cost-effective option that is made from recycled glass materials and comes in pre-cut insulation batts that can be easily fitted between the floor joists. Some options have additional acoustic properties that can further enhance the home’s sound insulation. Rigid expanded polystyrene (XPS) boards offer high thermal resistance and are commonly used in concrete floors. Some XPS insulation products have moisture-resistant properties that help to further reduce the risk of mould or rot in your home.
Cellulose insulation is an environmentally friendly option that is made from recycled paper treated with fire-retardant chemicals and offers good thermal performance. Rigid foam board insulation is also an excellent choice for concrete floors as it has a dense closed-cell structure that provides good insulation resistance and moisture resistance.
Underfloor insulation can improve your home’s energy efficiency and thermal comfort by reducing heating and cooling bills. It can also help to protect pipes from freezing temperatures and dampness. It is recommended to consult with professionals for more complex installations, as they have the expertise and tools necessary to complete the job properly. Regular inspection and maintenance can also help to extend the lifespan of your new insulation. In some cases, homeowners may be eligible for assistance or rebates from their local council or electricity company to help with the installation of underfloor insulation.