Guide to Proper Wall Insulation‏


Good wall insulation is not only a reasonable way to save lot of money on various bills, but it will also prevent a lot of potential health and structural problems that may appear in the future.

With good wall insulation you can prevent a lot of problems before they even happen and you can be sure that this is something that you really should think about.

Here are some of the best ways to insulate your walls and the things that you need to know about wall insulation.

Why Insulate

Most homes, especially older ones, were not constructed with energy saving in mind. You will often have to deal with various issues that range from big heating bills to various critters crawling inside your walls. All this and much more can be prevented if you get proper wall insulation. By having a good insulation in your home, the amount of energy that you spend on heating it or cooling it can be severely reduced and this means lower energy bills.

Types of Insulation

There are many different types of insulation available today and depending on the type of home that you want to insulate, you can choose any one of them. In their most basic form, insulation is divided into two types, solid and liquid. Solid insulation can be found in a vast number of different insulation materials like rigid foam, rigid board, concrete blocks and many other types. Fluid insulation is insulation that can be deployed in fluid form like cellulose insulation or some other foam based insulation.

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Insulation Materials

The materials used for home insulation are also quite diverse and you can find both natural and synthetic ones. Materials like fiberglass, rock mineral, wool based insulation, various plastic fibers, natural based fibers are just some of the many materials used today in home insulation.

Best Ways to Insulate Homes

image 3While there are many different ways to insulate your home, two most common ones and often the most effective ones are: either use liquid foam to fill in cavity walls, or use cut insulation.

With cavity walls, or walls that are hollow, all you have to do is spray the foam or liquid insulation inside and the job is done. With walls that don’t have cavities, like old stone houses and similar objects, you will have to install insulation board or dry lining.

These will serve as holders for your new insulation and then you can use these to either fill them with liquid foam insulation or use solid form insulation.

Have in mind that installing insulation lining will reduce the size of your rooms and interior space and while that may be a bit tiresome it is still often a better alternative to doing external insulation on walls that are already built as this often involves covering those walls with concrete or adhesives and ruining your facade.

Financing the Work

One of the things that most people have to deal with when they decide to actually undertake the renovation and insulate their home is the fact that it can cost a lot of money to do all that work. If you are building home from scratch you may have a little bit less trouble, but if you are trying to insulate your home that is already built, you will have to deal with a lot of issues.

image 4One of the best ways to ease the financial hit that your budget is going to take is to get insulation grants. With these, you can get various loans and grants that will help you to finance all that work that has to be done.

While the old CERT scheme stopped in 2012. You can still get help trough the new ECO grant system or consult some of the many green initiatives in your local district.

The tasks of insulating your home may sound like a tiresome and often expensive undertaking but in most cases you will have to do it as it can really save you a lot of money.

While the initial costs can seem expensive, you can be sure that you will save a lot of money in the long run and get a home that is much more ecofriendly.



Diana Smith, the author of this article, is a full-time mom of two beautiful
girls. Diana is interested in topics related to home improvement and DIY.


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