Some older properties have solid walls instead of cavities. If your house was built before 1920, it is likely to be built from single-layer solid walls made of brick or stone. The bricks will have an alternating pattern and be laid in a way where some of the smaller ends can be seen from the outside.
Unless recently modernised…it’s almost certain that these walls won’t be insulated!
What is solid wall insulation?
Solid wall insulation works by adding a warm layer to walls. This can be applied to the inside or outside of your home – helping to keep it at a comfortable temperature.
Solid wall insulation is normally located inside or outside your home’s wall.
Interior solid walls are insulated by attaching rigid insulation boards or by building a stud wall which has been filled with mineral wool fibre or other insulation materials. This can be cheaper to install than external wall insulation – however, it could reduce the floor area of any of the rooms it’s applied to. Although it can be done on a room-by-room basis, it can still be quite a disruptive process. Skirting boards and door frames are just some of the items that will need to be removed and reattached!
External solid walls are insulated by attaching insulation material, then covering it with specially designed render or cladding, which can be finished to your requirements. As this is performed outside the property, it’s less disruptive…and it also won’t reduce any of your current room space. It provides weather and soundproofing by filling in cracks, reducing draughts and protecting the brickwork. It can also help prevent internal damp as it stops moisture entering the property and condensation from forming.
How much could you save on energy bills with solid wall insulation?
The amount of money you can save on energy bills with solid wall insulation depends on various factors – such as the size and type of your property and its existing level of insulation. On average, installing solid wall insulation can lead to significant energy savings.
It’s important to note that the figures above are estimates. The actual savings will vary based on factors such as the type of insulation material used, the efficiency of the heating system, and personal energy consumption habits. It’s recommended to coordinate installing this type of insulation with other home improvement projects or by addressing specific areas rather than the entire house simultaneously.
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