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Hiring a tradesman to install loft insulation
When it comes to insulation in the home, the loft is one of the most important rooms to consider. Most of a property’s heat loss occurs through the roof, and so insulating your loft is a great way to keep heat inside in winter and outside in summer. This can save you a great deal on your heating bills, as well as your environmental footprint.
Loft insulation can pay for itself in just a few years, provided it is installed by a qualified professional. Finding a highly rated Pro is simple through Plentific. The Plentific website can quickly generate a bespoke list of the best tradesmen in your local area that have the skills you require, and each will have a profile page showing their qualifications, past projects and customer reviews. From the Plentific Dashboard you can easily manage your projects and message your Pros, and you can pay them with full security through the Plentific Wallet. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific will be covered by the Plentific Guarantee. With Pros from all over the UK on hand, Plentific can help you find your ideal hire, whatever your job may be.
What do I need to do about installing loft insulation?
One of the first things you will need to know is that loft insulation is separate from roof insulation. The latter costs more, and is usually only necessary if you want to convert your loft into living space. The next is that, although most types of insulation are not inherently hazardous, they can cause problems if they come into contact with the skin, eyes or lungs. As such, you will need to make sure your Pro takes proper safety precautions; they will need to do their work in an area with adequate ventilation, and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).
Usually an established professional will offer a free home assessment before giving you a quote, so take advantage of this if you can. They will determine what type of insulation is best suited to your situation, as well as whether or not any problems will need to be addressed, such as asbestos or damp.
Most insulation installers will have learned on-the-job, or will have completed an apprenticeship. Check their qualifications first; a professional should be happy to share them with you. You should also ask them whether they have any positive customer reviews from their previous jobs that they can show you. A great sign of quality will be if they belong to a national tradesmans’ organisation, such as the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (RICA). These groups have high entry standards for quality and professionalism that members are required to continually meet. Your final hire will need to have public liability insurance to protect them from accidental damage, and should also offer a guarantee for their work.
The cost of installing insulation in your loft will depend on the size and age of your house, as well as your location in the UK. You could expect to pay around £300 in an average. Again, you should be able to get a free assessment for a more bespoke quote. However, one of the biggest advantages of loft insulation is how quickly it pays for itself. Usually you will have paid off your installation costs within two years because of savings to your heating bills!