The government's Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme covers more than you might think. If you have a room in your roof, you may well be eligible for free room in roof insulation. (If not, you may be eligible for one of the room in roof insulation grants.)
If you're successful in getting free room in roof insulation, you can get the entire cost of having your loft or attic rooms insulated. For absolute peace of mind and long-term value, all work will be carried out to buildings regulation standards.
The room in roof insulation grants (and free room in roof insulation scheme) are a great opportunity for you to save money - and add value to your home. While many older properties may have been built with room in roof insulation, they rarely stand up to modern standards.
As well as helping to keep heat in, there's the added value that comes from having a properly insulated attic room... It'll help turn a functional space into a cosy room, somewhere that can act as a spare room or study - a quiet haven at the top of the house. The improvement will certainly add to the value of your home.
These days room in roof insulation methods are very sophisticated and differ according to the type of roof or attic space. So if you're eligible for free room in roof insulation, the insulation team will start by determining whether you have a loft room or an attic room...
Free room in roof insulation for loft rooms
A loft room (accessed by a fixed staircase) encompasses the whole of the loft space, including the eaves.
Free room in roof insulation for attic rooms
An attic room (accessed by a fixed staircase) will have the eaves squared off, leaving a box room in the middle of the roof space.
In both cases, the team will use the latest insulation materials - and this is important - they'll leave you the maximum possible usable space, while still ensuring the space is effectively insulated.
As well as helping to keep heat in, there's the added value that comes from having a properly insulated attic room... It'll help turn a functional space into a cosy room, somewhere that can act as a spare room or study...
Room in roof insulation grants can save you a lot of money
As well as saving you the cost of the work itself, you will of course enjoy some big savings on your heating bills. The exact figure will of course depend on the size of your house, but if you bear in mind that about a quarter of all heat lost in the home is lost through the roof, you can start to see how much you're likely to save.
Whether you're eligible for room in roof insulation grants, or the whole free room in roof insulation package, you can shave 25% off your home heating bill every year. And of course, that is in addition to the added benefits of having a fully insulated roof or attic room.
These days there are even environmentally friendly options for loose fill insulation, made from a wide range of recyclables, including newspaper, cork and even sheep's wool.
Free loft insulation comes with other big benefits too. If your cold water pipes and tanks need lagging, your loft insulation team will take care of that too. That's another important efficiency saving, and, even more importantly, it guards against the possibility of your tank or pipes bursting in the cold weather. At the end of the job, your home insulation will meet Building Regulations standard. That's good news for you now. But it's also another box ticked if you even consider selling your house.
The ongoing benefits of loft insulation
Loft insulation is a quick fix solution, but the benefits last and last. Effective loft insulation remains one of the most cost effective ways of keeping heat in, and heating bills down. And the benefits last forty years or more. Not bad for a freebie!