External Wall Insulation Glasgow

Insulating your solid walls will cut your heating costs considerably, because solid walls let through twice as much heat as cavity walls do. The good news is they can be insulated. If your home was built before 1919, its external walls are probably solid rather than cavity walls. Cavity walls are made of two layers with a small gap or ‘cavity’ between them. Solid walls have no gap, so they let more heat through.

Another way to tell is by measuring the width of the wall. Look at an external wall window or door and if the brick wall is less than 260mm, then it is likely a solid wall, while if it is greater, it is probably a cavity wall. Find out about insulating your cavity wall. If you live in a house that is not made from bricks, such as a steel or timber-framed building, insulating will be different.

Solid walls can be insulated – either from the inside or the outside. This will cost more than insulating a standard cavity wall, but the savings on your heating bills will be bigger too. External Wall Insulation is often abbreviated to EWI and is becoming more common nowadays. External wall insulation involves fixing a layer of insulation material to the wall, then covering it with a special type of render (plasterwork) or cladding. The finish can be smooth, textured, painted, tiled, panelled, pebble-dashed, or finished with brick slips.

External wall insulation benefits:

• can be applied without disruption to the household
• does not reduce the floor area of your home
• renews the appearance of outer walls
• improves weatherproofing and sound resistance.
• fills cracks and gaps in the brickwork, which will reduce draughts
• increases the life of your walls by protecting the brickwork
• reduces condensation on internal walls and can help prevent damp (but will not solve rising or penetration damp)
• is best installed at the same time as external refurbishment work to reduce the cost
• may need planning permission – check with your local council
• requires good access to the outer walls
• is not recommended if the outer walls are structurally unsound and cannot be repaired.

External Wall Insulation Glasgow – Keeping the costs of installing solid external wall insulation down

The costs for installing solid wall insulation are for paying a company to come in, insulate your whole house in one go, fully redecorate and replace everything just as it was. Some people want exactly this, but it does cost a lot of money. If you’re looking to spend less, it is adviseable to insulate a wall when you are having other building or decorating work done. Fitting the insulation work in with your other home improvements not only saves money on the job, it also spreads the cost of the insulation as you improve your home’s rooms.

External insulation will also cost less if you do it when you’re having other work done to the outside. If you’re having a new roof, or painting the windows, or even having solar PV panels fitted, then you will probably have scaffolding up already, which can save a bit on the costs. If you have rendered walls with damaged render, or brick walls that need re-pointing, external insulation may not cost you much more than you would need to pay for the repairs.

External Wall Insulation Glasgow – Moisture movement and ventilation

In traditionally built properties with solid walls, it is recommended to use breathable (also known as vapour permeable) solid wall insulation materials as these allow continuous movement of air (vapour) and this helps reduce the possibility of moisture build up.

If you are planning on installing non-breathable (also known as vapour impermeable) solid wall insulation materials in a traditionally built property then we recommend you ask the installer what consideration needs to be given, if anything, to avoid the build-up of moisture in your home.