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Hiring a tradesman to install roof insulation
Installing insulation in the roof of your home is a great way to save money on your heating bill. Most heat loss in an average property occurs through the roof; insulation is so good at preventing this that it can pay for itself in a few years! Roof insulation is usually required to make a loft suitable as a living space, as typical loft insulation will keep the rest of the house toasty, but prevent heat escaping into your loft.
Installing insulation might look easy, but when it comes to roof installations, especially for flat roofs, can be tricky and quite dangerous for someone without the correct knowhow and equipment. Plentific can help you find a qualified Pro to install your loft insulation: the Plentific website can quickly generate a list of tradesmen in your local area that have the skills you need, and each will have a Plentific profile where you can view their qualifications, experience and customer reviews. From the Plentific Dashboard you can easily manage your projects and message your Pros in one place, and you can even send payments securely using the Plentific Wallet. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific will be covered by the Plentific Guarantee. With thousands of tradesmen from all over the UK on standby, Plentific can always help you find your ideal hire, whatever your job might be!
What do I need to know about installing roof insulation?
The type of insulation that your job will require will depend on the shape of your roof. For an average pitched roof, you can choose between warm or cold insulation. ‘Cold’ insulation is installed to stop heat escaping from living space into a loft, keeping the rest of the house warm but the loft cold. ‘Warm’ insulation is required to turn the loft itself into living space, and is usually installed along the plane of the roof pitch. This will need to be installed with ventilation immediately below the roof tiles to prevent the buildup of moisture and the spread of damp.
The same basic distinctions also apply to flat roofs. Warm insulation is installed above the roof deck, while cold insulation is only installed below and around the joists. Each option will be installed with a membrane layer. ‘Inverted’ insulation is installed above the weather membrane, protecting it from the temperature and from general wear and tear. This option is particularly effective for extending the life of your roof. Installing insulation on a flat roof is much less of a DIY-job than it would be for a pitched roof, so for a satisfying end product it is best to speak to a professional.
An insulation specialist will usually have learned on the job or completed an apprenticeship scheme. No established tradesman should have a problem showing proof of their qualifications. You should also ask about their past projects and whether they have any positive customer reviews that they can show you. It is a great sign of a candidate’s quality if they belong to a national tradesmans’ organisation, such as the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA). These groups have high standards for quality and professionalism that members have to constantly adhere to. Your final hire will need to have active Public Liability Insurance, as well as guarantee policy for their work.
The cost of installing roof insulation will depend on the size and type of your roof, as well as your location in the UK. Most well established installers will offer an obligation-free property assessment to allow them to give you a more bespoke quote, so take advantage of this if you can. Warm installations will always be more expensive than cold, but with a fully insulated loft you will save a great deal on heating which can make the job pay for itself within a few years.