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Free Room In Roof Insulation Scotland

Envirohomes Renewables are Scotland’s room in roof insulation specialists. Room in roof insulation is a key factor in lowering your energy bill and reducing your home’s carbon footprint. Our expert team of trained insulation installers have completed hundreds of room in roof insulation installations in Scotland Our quality room in roof insulation will create a thermal barrier that stops heat escaping from any room in roof space.

With strong online reviews and all the relevant industry accreditations, including the PAS 2030 Certification, you can rest assured we carry out our work to the highest possible standard. 

We currently specialise in delivering fully funded room in roof insulation services through the ECO 4 grant to low-income houses on benefits. We take great pride in making sure everyone in Scotland, no matter their current situation, has a well-insulated home.

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Room In Roof Insulation Grant Scotland

As part of the government’s Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme, room in roof insulation grants are being offered. These grants cover the cost of insulating “rooms in roof”, i.e. attics, lofts and dormer rooms.

The ECO scheme is an environmental programme that aims to lower Scotland’s carbon emissions by improving the energy efficiency of homes in the country. The reason the government is offering these grants is to aid in energy efficiency improvements and the reduction of homeowners’ energy bills.

The insulation covered by the grant will meet current building regulations, using the latest insulation materials.

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.

As part of the ECO scheme (which excludes Northern Ireland), energy companies like Scottish Power and Npower must set funding aside to help cover the installation of energy efficiency measures, such as cavity wall insulation, free home insulation or room in roof insulation.

That is why it is called the Energy Companies Obligation scheme. Should you be eligible for this grant (discussed below), your expenses will be covered by this fund.

What Is Defined As A Room In Roof Space?

As indicated by the nomenclature, a room in roof space is any room in the ceiling that is attached to a fixed staircase used to access that room.

Older buildings with room in roof spaces often don’t have roof insulation in these rooms, or inefficient insulation materials and techniques have been used, which don’t meet modern regulations.

Loft rooms from a few decades ago are poorly insulated and cold and can be very difficult and expensive to heat. By installing modern insulation in existing attic rooms, heating bills will be reduced and the room in roof space can serve a functional purpose, not just for storage.


What is
room in roof insulation?

Room in roof insulation refers to blanket insulation installed into walls and the sloped ceiling.

Pre-cut insulation material is fitted between rafters and batts, and a plasterboard is placed over the material.

Glass fibre insulation can also be used in conventional loft areas.

The entire installation process shouldn’t take longer than two days, depending on the size of the room in roof or attic room, and will not disrupt the day-to-day goings-on in the household.

Who's Eligible
For A Room in Roof Insulation Grant

Since the first introduction of the ECO scheme, there have been a lot of different iterations. The current ECO4 is significantly different from the previous ECO3 and has new eligibility criteria, too. This means that households previously not eligible for roof insulation grants under ECO3 may now qualify (and the other way around). Currently, grants through ECO4 focus on houses with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which places them in 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 could be worth enquiring about room in roof insulation as you may be eligible for a subsidy, which will save you some money on installation fees.

Social housing tenants who feel they meet the eligibility criteria should directly contact their housing association or council. These associations and councils often have their own schemes in place to make houses more energy efficient. Should you own 50% of the housing association home, you can 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 rooms that are accessed by a fixed staircase, and the room in roof area has been converted into a living space.

Loft insulation is when insulation boards and other materials are placed between the joists in the loft room space or against the roof. The purpose is to insulate the internal area of the loft space. Insulation materials are used to insulate the walls and ceiling in the loft, as well as any water tanks or pipes within the loft space.

When you heat your home, the heat rises into the loft area and then escapes through the roof. By insulating this area, it is difficult for the heat to escape, keeping the house (and loft) warmer.


Loft room insulation method

Each installer may have a slightly different methodology, but here is the general method for loft insulation:

  • Radiators, skirting boards and any light fixtures are removed.
  • Insulation batts are placed against the walls and ceiling and are secured.
  • Insulation boards are fitted between any exposed beams and rafters.
  • Plasterboard is fitted over the insulation material.
  • All fittings and fixtures are replaced.

This method will take less than a day to complete, with minimal disruption to the household.

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Attic room insulation

An attic room is also accessed by a fixed staircase. This room has most of the eaves area squared off, creating a box room within the centre of the roof space. The area around the box room is then insulated. Attic rooms typically have a stud wall where the eaves space has been squared off (unless a dormer window is present). This stud wall is built from a wooden frame covered by plasterboard. Many stud walls have a hatch or door that allows access to the surrounding eaves space.


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

Dormer rooms in roof spaces have been used for decades, but these useful spaces have never been a priority for insulation. Anyone who has a dormer room that isn’t insulated will receive a grant to insulate this space and meet modern building standards.

Dormer rooms are often hot in summer and freezing in winter, significantly impacting cooling and heating bills.



Dormer room insulation method

Insulating a dormer room is an uncomplicated process:

  • The room is boarded with energy-efficient insulation materials.
  • The entire room is then plasterboarded, leaving the room looking like new.

Specifically, the dormer room grant may not cover the entire installation process (depending on the size of your dormer room), but it will significantly reduce your out-of-pocket pay. The savings made from having an insulated dormer room will pay for itself in time.

What Savings Can Be Made?


Room in roof insulation can easily cost upwards of £2,000, but with ECO4 funding, this cost will be completely covered.

Apart from the installation costs, homeowners, tenants or landlords will also enjoy reduced heating and cooling bills each month thanks to less heat (or cold) escaping through the roof.

On average, you can enjoy the following annual energy bill savings:

• 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

It is estimated that about 60% of heat generated by your central heating system escapes through the walls and roof of your house – about 25% goes out through the attic and roof alone.

By insulating your room in roof space, you will ensure your house’s energy efficiency and save on heating bills each year.

No, you are not required to pay back the room in roof free insulation grant. As long as you meet all eligibility criteria, the grant will cover all associated costs with installing the insulation. The only exception is dormer room insulation, which may not cover all the costs – depending on the size of the room – but even in this case, you do not have to pay back the grant.

There are plenty of benefits to room in roof insulation, including:

  • Keeps a converted loft space much warmer and creates a comfortable living space.
  • Prevents heat from escaping through the roof, keeping your entire house warmer.
  • Reduction in energy bills.
  • Increases the resale value of your home.
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