home-insulationWhen it comes to heat loss because of bad insulation, the walls are usually the main culprit. Around 33% of all heat loss is lost that way, which makes the insulation of these areas extremely important. Ideally, the insulation of the wall gets taken care of during the initial building process, but when – and for whatever reason – this does not happen, your options become more limited in their nature.

When a new house is built, they usually construct it using cavity wall insulation or solid wall insulation. These solutions are effective in keeping the heat in. With older houses unfortunately, this is not as easy because they lack the necessary insulation that would ensure the ideal heat efficiency. In fact, these houses often lack any kind of insulation, whatsoever. Barring a complete rebuild, we have to use different methods to improve the insulation quality of a home like that. This is where warmcoat insulation paint comes into the picture.

What is Insulating Paint?

Thermal insulating paint is another form of insulation that while cannot hope to come close to the effectiveness of a house built the right way, still works surprisingly well. Once the layer has been solidified, it will help trap the air in order to create extra insulation on the wall.

What do the Insulating Paint Companies say?

As companies often do, the ones behind the technology claim it to be revolutionary. One thing is for sure, insulating paint does work. To what degree? Its effectiveness will naturally vary depending on which brand one chooses and what type of surface they will use it for.

Once carefully applied to the walls and ceilings, it will be able to trap some of the heat and maybe even reduce bills. According to some of the research that’s been done on the subject, some insulating paint can raise the room temperature by as much as one or two degrees. If that’s true, not only do these paints can make a room warmer but will also keep it that way for a longer period of time.

How Does It Work?

Conventional insulation products aren’t capable of reflecting the heat back. They usually do their deed by slowing down the rate of the heat loss itself. Insulating paints work differently, they can reflect the heat back which means that while the insulation of the wall itself doesn’t increase, the heat cannot get to those escapes points as efficiently as before. It has no choice but to warm up the room a little.

Does Insulating Paint Really Work?

isolating-paintThe truth is that science isn’t necessarily being insulating paints. That doesn’t mean it cannot work, just that scientific, peer reviewed proof is lacking at the moment. It may or may not come in the next couple of years, but in the meantime we can rely on customer testimonials which are surprisingly positive for the most part. The idea behind these types of paints started about a decade ago in the USA. While they become quite popular there, the US Environmental Protection Agency still does not recommend using these type of paints.

Instead, they recommend using traditional insulation techniques like building better walls and better building materials. Unfortunately anybody who is looking for these types of paints, is likely already over the building process. Quality insulation is obviously not cheap, but it’s still cheaper than demolishing a house before building a brand new one. Insulating qualities vary, sure, but so does the quality of those homes. Even if it is a brand new one, there are no guarantees that the insulation will be pitch perfect. When they are not, insulating paints might be worth looking at for a better loft insulation.

How Else Can I Insulate My Home?

Wall insulation is still the most effective method. What does this mean? Well, building quality ones, for the most time. Whether you are choosing cavity walls or solid walls, nothing really beats a home that was well-built.

Cavity Wall Insulation

Cavity wall insulation means putting in a wall that will have a cavity in it, gapped between two exterior walls. It works great and can also reduce condensation in the house. The cost of wall insulation ranges from about£330 to £720, depending on the type of property.

Cavity wall insulation
Type of property Installation cost Savings per year CO2 savings per year (kg) Payback time
Detached house (four bedrooms) £720 £275 1,100 2-3 years
Semi-detached house (three bedrooms) £475 £160 650 3 years
Mid-terrace house (three bedrooms) £370 £105 430 3-4 years
Detached bungalow (two bedrooms) £430 £110 450 4 years
Mid-floor flat (two bedrooms) £330 £90 360 3-4 years

Solid Wall Insulation

Unlike cavity walls, solid walls come without any gap inside them. Their insulation is trickier but can help you save with your energy bills.

Solid wall insulation – internal walls
Type of property Installation cost Savings per year CO2 savings per year (kg)
Detached house (four bedrooms) Between £3,000
and £14,000
£455 1,900
Semi-detached house (three bedrooms) £260 1,100
Mid-terrace house (three bedrooms) £175 720
Detached bungalow (two bedrooms) £180 740
Mid-floor flat (two bedrooms) £145 610

 

Solid wall insulation – external walls
Type of property Installation cost Savings per year CO2 savings per year (kg)
Detached house (four bedrooms) Between £5,000
and £18,000
£455 1,900
Semi-detached house (three bedrooms) £260 1,100
Mid-terrace house (three bedrooms) £175 720
Detached bungalow (two bedrooms) £180 740
Mid-floor flat (two bedrooms) £145 610

 

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