Internal wall insulation

DSCN1210-1Lower your heating bills, reduce your Co2 emissions. In recent times, we have become more aware of conserving heat within our homes. This results in warmer, more comfortable dwellings, with greatly reduced oil, gas and electricity bills as well as improving our carbon footprint. At Comfort Solutions Ireland, we believe in providing an expert internal wall insulation service, using top quality materials and highly skilled tradesmen, giving your home the best possible results.

Internal wall insulation (often known as "Dry lining") can be very effective at reducing heat loss and is still quite popular in Irish homes, even new ones. We feel it's fair to say that External Wall Insulation is the best form of wall insulation but dry lining has its place also. Sometimes it is unsuitable to insulate externally eg. on a listed building or where stone facing is present. Dry lining will also provide you with a brand new plaster finish on the interior of your home.

Government grants are now available for the retrofitting of internal wall insulation, with up to €1,800 available for dwellings built before 2006. These grants are administered by SEAI under the Better Energy Homes scheme. Please see our grants section for further information on the Better Energy Homes scheme or visit www.seai.ie.

It is VITAL that internal wall insulation is carefully considered and designed before installation in any home.

Internal wall insulation can be the cause of major condensation and dampness issues including aggressive mould growth if proper precautions are not taken during installation. Homes up and down the country are experiencing dampness and mould problems as a direct result of dry lining and there is no real way to remedy the problem without major expense. We urge all customers considering internal wall insulation to consult an expert before proceeding with installation.

 

Why would insulation cause dampness?

The more we insulate, the warmer air becomes in our buildings and the colder the wall becomes behind the insulation. Warm air can hold a lot of moisture and when this warm air cools eg. on a now very cold external wall, condensation occurs. This condensation may occur behind internal wall insulation on the surface of the original masonry wall. Over time, this condensation and dampness will lead to mould growth which can grow quite aggressively behind your new insulation. This will eventually surface on the interior of your new, insulated wall. This is a simplified explanation but it gives a good idea to what can happen and is happening on many wall build-ups.


How can I prevent the dampness?

Condensation, dampness and mould can of course be prevented through the correct design and installation of any wall insulation system. Proper vapour barriers must be installed and these must be installed within the layers of insulation at the correct position.

Simply sticking an insulated board to the inside of a masonry wall can be a recipe for disaster, so please be careful and consult an expert before you install.

Comfort Solutions Ireland offer advice, design, condensation analysis and U-value calculations for all our customers and ensure that you won't have any of these very unwanted problems with dampness and mould. Contact us today to arrange a site assessment and no obligation quotation.

 

Insulation options

There are various options available when considering internal wall insulation and a suitable option will depend on: the substrate of your own wall; any existing insulation; proposed insulation to be added; proposed U-value to be achieved; and a number of other parameters. A vapour barrier is an important element of any installation and it is critical that this vapour barrier is placed at the correct location within the wall build-up.

 

Whatever your situation, Comfort Solutions Ireland can provide an adequate solution. We can advise you on whether internal wall insulation would be suitable for your building and what methods and materials should be employed. If you are interested, we can site assessment and quotation. We guarantee the best possible finish for your home and re-fit all accessories and fittings after plastering is completed ie. skirting and window boards, curtain rails, pictures etc.

Please contact us on (098) 42699 or (087) 2757 578 or email us at info@comfortsolutions.ie to arrange a site assessment or further information.

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