How can you insulate your walls and your home without cavity insulation?
When it comes to insulating your home, chances are that you will instantly think of cavity wall insulation. For the past 20 years this type of insulation has been heavily promoted, to the point that home-owners often think that there is no other choice for them to make.
But what about those homes that don’t have a cavity wall? Or those homeowners who are not keen on the idea of cavity wall insulation? The good news is that there are some alternatives that you can consider to create a warm and inviting home.
What is a cavity wall?
So, the first question is what exactly is a cavity wall. The idea of a cavity wall is that it is a double wall within a building, that has a hollow space between the two layers (creating a cavity). The outer wall is often constructed by brickwork, whereas the inner layer will be bricks or concrete. Both of these materials are known to be highly absorbent, which means that when it rains, the moisture is absorbed into the home. Not only this, but any heat that is produced within the home will also have a method to escape too.
Does every home have cavity walls?
Whilst many homes will have cavity walls, in fact, pretty much any home built since 1982 has cavity walls, there are also those who do not. The simplest way to find out for sure is to have a surveyor take a look at your home, however, if you cannot afford this, then there are ways that you can find out for yourself.
The first way is to take a look at the thickness of your external walls, if you have a cavity within your property then the cavity walls will be thicker than usual walls. The best way to measure this is to open the front or back door, or the windows and measure from the wall inside.
If the wall has a thickness that is less than 30cm, then chances are that you don’t have a cavity wall. If the thickness is more than 30cm then you might have one.
What are the alternatives?
Thinking that your home doesn’t have cavity walls, but still want to find a way to insulate the best that you can? Well, there are alternatives out there that not only work well but that don’t rely on cavity walls.
External wall insulation seems to be a popular choice. With this you will have layers fixed to the outside walls, which is then followed by a reinforcement, which will ensure that the insulation stays in place. You will also have the render added, which will be determined by your property.
Another choice is Mansory crème coating, this coating is added to the exterior wall and is able to penetrate right into the brickwork. This means that you have created an invisible barrier. Not only will this mean that you don’t have to worry about too much moisture being absorbed, but you will also find that less warm air will make an escape too.
As you can see, just because you don’t have a cavity wall, or you don’t like the idea of having cavity wall insulation in your property, that doesn’t mean that you have to put up with your cold and uninviting home. You can consider the alternatives, think about what other choices you have and make a decision which not only will keep your home warm, but also keep the damp out too!