FREE Room In
Roof Insulation
Islay

Free Room In Roof Insulation Islay

Envirohomes Renewables stands as the leading expert in room-in-roof insulation in Islay. Recognizing the crucial role of insulation in energy conservation and carbon footprint reduction, we specialize in this essential service. Backed by our team of skilled insulation installers, we’ve successfully executed numerous installations across Scotland. Our top-tier room-in-roof insulation not only lowers energy bills but also establishes a formidable thermal barrier, preventing heat loss from any room within your roof space. Trust us for quality insulation solutions that make a lasting impact on your home’s energy efficiency.

With robust online feedback and holds key industry certifications, notably the PAS 2030 Certification, ensuring our services meet top-tier standards.

Our focus lies in providing fully funded room in roof insulation services under the ECO 4 grant, specifically tailored to low-income households receiving benefits. We are committed to ensuring every household in Scotland, regardless of circumstances, enjoys a properly insulated dwelling.

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Room In Roof Insulation Grant Islay

In line with the government’s Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) initiative, grants are now available for room in roof insulation at Pumps Islay’s location. These grants specifically target the insulation of attics, lofts, and dormer rooms, aiming to enhance energy efficiency in homes.

The ECO scheme, designed to mitigate carbon emissions in Scotland, facilitates these grants to support homeowners in reducing their energy consumption and bills. By upgrading insulation to meet contemporary building standards, utilizing cutting-edge materials, the initiative promotes sustainable living and environmental responsibility.

How do room in roof insulation grants work?

Both the UK and Scottish governments have signed international agreements, such as the Paris Agreement, with the goal of reducing their carbon footprint. These agreements set annual carbon reduction targets, which can be achieved by helping homeowners be more efficient.

By insulating walls and loft spaces, less heat can escape, thereby improving the efficiency of a home’s heating system and reducing energy bills.

Under the ECO scheme (excluding Northern Ireland), energy providers such as Scottish Power and Npower are obligated to allocate funds to assist with the implementation of energy efficiency measures, including cavity wall insulation, free home insulation, or room in roof insulation.

This obligation is the essence of the Energy Companies Obligation scheme. If you qualify for this grant (details outlined below), your expenses will be covered by this fund.

What Is Defined As A Room In Roof Space?

As suggested by its name, a room in roof space refers to any room within the ceiling connected to a fixed staircase for access.

In older buildings with such spaces, insulation is often lacking or outdated materials and techniques are employed, failing to meet current standards.

Attic rooms from past decades typically suffer from poor insulation and low temperatures, resulting in high heating costs. By installing modern insulation in these existing attic spaces, heating expenses can be reduced, and the room can serve a functional purpose beyond storage.

What is
room in roof insulation?

Room in roof insulation involves installing blanket insulation within walls and the sloped ceiling.

Pre-cut insulation material is inserted between rafters and batts, with plasterboard placed over it.

Glass fibre insulation can also be utilized in traditional loft spaces.

The installation typically lasts no longer than two days, contingent upon the size of the room in roof or attic, and won’t disturb the household’s daily activities.

Who's Eligible
For A Room in Roof Insulation Grant

Since its inception, the ECO scheme has undergone several iterations. The current version, ECO4, differs significantly from its predecessor, ECO3, and introduces new eligibility criteria. Consequently, households previously ineligible for roof insulation grants under ECO3 may now qualify, and vice versa. Presently, ECO4 grants primarily target homes with Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) falling within the E, F, or G bands.

There are certain eligibility criteria related to income benefits that must be met by people living in the household.

These will qualify you for a room in roof insulation grant:

  • Income Support
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit or Savings Credit)
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Housing Benefit
  • Universal Credit

Even if neither you nor someone in the household is claiming one of these benefits, you may still be eligible for a grant if your household earns less than £31,000 per annum and you are a:

  • Homeowner
  • Private tenant (with the landlord’s permission)
  • Landlord

If you meet the above criteria,
you can receive room in roof insulation without having to cover the installation costs (which can cost about £2,000 or more).

It is important to note that at least two-thirds of the room in roof space must be able to be insulated to receive the grant.

Even if you do not completely comply with the above criteria, it is still worth inquiring about room in roof insulation. You might qualify for a subsidy, reducing your installation costs.

Social housing tenants who believe they meet the eligibility criteria should contact their housing association or council directly. These organizations frequently offer schemes to enhance energy efficiency in homes. If you own 50% of a housing association property, you may be eligible to apply for the room in roof insulation grant.

How to arrange room in roof insulation
if you think you're eligible

Applying to receive room in roof insulation funding is relatively straightforward in Scotland.

Simply arrange for an Energy Grants Surveyor to come to your house. The surveyor will arrange a date to inspect your room in roof area and check to see if you meet all the requirements. You can also contact Envirohomes Renewables to check your eligibility. The surveyor will then arrange a date for your insulation to be installed.

The Three Types
Of Room in Roof Insulation

Loft insulation

Lofts are accessible areas in a home, typically converted into living spaces within the roof structure. Insulating a loft involves the placement of insulation boards and other materials between the joists in the loft room or against the roof. The main objective is to insulate the internal section of the loft space, including walls, ceiling, and any water tanks or pipes within.

During home heating, warm air naturally rises into the loft area and can escape through the roof. Insulating this space helps to prevent heat loss, thus maintaining a warmer indoor environment.


Loft room insulation method

While specific techniques may vary slightly among installers, the general steps for loft insulation include:

  • Removal of radiators, skirting boards, and light fixtures.
  • Placing insulation batts against walls and ceiling, securing them properly.
  • Fitting insulation boards between exposed beams and rafters.
  • Installing plasterboard over the insulation material.
  • Reinstalling all fittings and fixtures.

This process can typically be completed in less than a day, with minimal disruption to daily activities within the household.

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Attic room insulation

An attic room, accessible via a fixed staircase, often features a central box room within the roof space, with squared-off eaves areas around it. These spaces require insulation for optimal energy efficiency.

Typically, attic rooms have stud walls enclosing the squared-off eaves, unless there’s a dormer window present. These stud walls are constructed with wooden frames and plasterboard covering. Access to the surrounding eaves space is usually provided through a hatch or door in the stud wall.


 


Attic room insulation method

The attic room insulation method aims to insulate the eaves space surrounding the box attic room.

  • Insulation boards are placed between rafters on the ceiling.
  • Rock wool is used to insulate the stud wall and the ceiling.

If there are no hatches or doors in the stud wall, the installer will have to cut out a small section to reach the eaves space. The opening will then be covered by a hatch or door for future access when needed.

Attic room insulation is incredibly quick and easy, taking as little as two hours to complete.

Dormer room insulation

Throughout the years, dormer rooms nestled within roof spaces have been utilized for various purposes, yet the matter of insulation has often been overlooked. Nevertheless, there’s now a concerted effort to insulate these spaces up to modern standards, with grants made available to homeowners with uninsulated dormer rooms.

Dormer rooms frequently experience extreme temperature fluctuations, becoming excessively hot during summer and uncomfortably cold in winter, which inevitably leads to heightened heating and cooling expenses.



Dormer room insulation method

Insulating a dormer room involves a relatively simple process:

  • The room is lined with insulation materials known for their high energy efficiency.
  • Once insulation is in place, the entire room is given a fresh plastering, revitalizing its appearance.

While it’s worth noting that the dormer room grant might not cover the entirety of the installation process, particularly depending on the size of the room, it nonetheless provides significant financial relief. Ultimately, the savings accrued from having a properly insulated dormer room will offset the initial investment over time.

What Savings Can Be Made?


The expense of room-in-roof insulation can surpass £2,000, but with ECO4 funding, this cost becomes fully covered.

Beyond installation costs, homeowners, tenants, or landlords can anticipate reduced monthly heating and cooling bills due to decreased heat loss (or cold infiltration) through the roof.

On average, here are the annual energy bill savings you can expect:


• Detached house: £225


• Bungalow: £195


• Semi-detached house: £135


• Mid-terraced house: £120

ECO4 also has other grants available, including boiler grants that will replace older, inefficient boilers for free, which will save you further money on electricity and gas bills.

FAQs

Insulating your room in the roof space is vital because a significant portion, estimated at about 60%, of the heat produced by your central heating system escapes through the walls and roof of your house, with approximately 25% escaping through the attic and roof alone. By insulating this area, you can greatly improve your house’s energy efficiency and save a substantial amount on heating bills annually.

No, there is no repayment requirement for the room in roof free insulation grant. If you meet all the eligibility criteria, the grant will cover all the costs associated with installing the insulation. The only exception may be dormer room insulation, where the grant may not cover all costs, depending on the size of the room. However, even in such cases, repayment of the grant is not necessary.

Room in roof insulation offers several advantages, including:

  • Creating a warmer and more comfortable living space in a converted loft.
  • Preventing heat from escaping through the roof, thereby maintaining warmth throughout the entire house.
  • Lowering energy bills due to improved insulation.
  • Increasing the resale value of your home.
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