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Cavity Wall Insulation

Optimum Home Improvements are top quality providers for various aspects of your home, our primary aim is to care for your home and your needs. Recently, we have introduced a new cavity wall insulation department to help you to further reduce those bills.

For an uninsulated home, a 35% of the heat will simply escape through the walls. This is a huge amount and particularly during the cold winter months, the warm heat from the inside of your property will quickly flow to the colder air outside. The colder it is outside, the faster the heat will escape. To avoid this, it is important to have your home is properly insulated. Heat escaping is more troublesome in older houses, such as those built before the 1990s. Many of these homes do not have any type of wall insulation. If this applies to you, then you may be heating the outside air instead of your home.

Many types of wall insulation exist and so it is very likely that we can find the perfect type of wall insulation that will suit your property. The mostly likely wall types are cavity walls and solid walls. Let us consider a typical house with cavity walls. In this case, the home owner would on average save £160 per year in heating bills, by simply insulating the walls.

For a cavity wall, the wall is made up as two parallel walls with a hollow gap in between. This hollow area between the two walls is known as a ‘cavity’. The outer most wall is usually made of brick, whereas the inner layer is usually made from brick or concrete block. In contrast, a solid wall has no cavity. In these cases, the wall is usually a single solid wall made of brick or stone.

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A common question is ‘how do I know what wall type I have?’ Firstly, you can work out your wall type by assessing the period your house was built in. Houses built after the 1920s are most likely to have cavity walls. Houses before this time are much more likely to have solid walls. Secondly, if you can see the brickwork on the outside of your house, then you can observe the patterns of the bricks. This should give some indication. If you are still unsure, don’t hesitate to ask us 0800 191 0515