Want to work on your home to your benefit and make sure it stays warm without having to turn on the heating? Here is what you should know about insulating a solid wall:
1. Solid Walls are More Expensive to Insulate
Most properties built before the 1920s, and some built afterward, were built using solid walls. It is easy to tell if a home’s walls have cavities or are solid, just take a look at its outside walls and check to see if both short and long bricks. If the short bricks go right through the wall, then it is solid. If the wall was rendered, try measuring it by a door or window. Walls less than 26 centimeters deep should be solid. Such walls are more expensive and much harder to insulate than those with cavities; however, the savings you make should be significant.
2. You Can DIY Your Internal Wall Insulations
Insulating a solid wall is not that simple and should be something that you leave to the professional external wall insulation installers; however, internal wall insulation can also be fitted by a DIYer. Perhaps the simplest way to do this is by using insulated plasterboards that come in different thicknesses. Another option would be to build a stud wall along a wall exterior and filling it up with insulation. This option will take up some space, making the room much smaller. However, in both cases, you will still have to remove and replace or refit the door frames, coving, skirting boards, etc. so it is going to be a lot of disruption and work. Because of this, it is advisable that you install a wall internally after you have renovated the room.
3. Exterior Wall Covers Have Many Benefits
External wall insulations are less disruptive – insulation materials like expanded polystyrene are usually fixed to exterior walls and are covered with render or cladding. This approach offers several benefits, including improved weatherproofing and soundproofing as well as warming up the inside.
4. Installing a Radiator Foil Can Help Keep Indoors Warmer
If insulating the exterior walls of your home seems like too much of problem and an unwanted expense, then you will be glad to know that there’s a much easier way to lower heat loss through them. Radiators are often on the outside walls as they are usually fitted under a window, that means that the heat from a radiator can go outside to the cold as well as in the room. Fitting a radiator foil behind a radiator can stop heat from escaping through walls, making it warmer indoors.