Cavity Wall Insulation

Up to 35% of the heat from a house is lost through the walls, but with Cavity Wall Insulation you will :-

  • Improve the comfort of your home
  • Save money on your heating bills
  • Reduce your home's carbon emissions
  • Improve your home's energy rating

Cavity wall insulation is the most cost effective way of reducing your fuel bills.

Cavity Wall Insulation

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Our installers have over 20 years experience in the cavity wall insulation industry.
If you would like further information or advice you can talk to a cavity wall surveyor today on 0113 3200299.

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Location: Harrogate
Wall construction: brick - cavity - brick
Fill material: Mineral wool
Estimated 'U' Value of wall: 1.4w/m2k (before insulation)
0.34w/m2k (after insulation)
Estimated improvement in efficiency : 76 % reduction in heat loss (through treated wall)
   
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Location: Guiseley, Leeds
Wall construction: concrete block - cavity - brick
Fill material: Mineral wool
Estimated 'U' Value of wall: 1.5w/m2k (before insulation)
0.35w/m2k (after insulation)
Estimated improvement in efficiency : 76 % reduction in heat loss (through treated wall)
   
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Location: Leeds
Wall construction: Dense concrete block - cavity - brick
Fill material: Mineral wool
Estimated 'U' Value of wall: 1.2w/m2k (before insulation)
0.32w/m2k (after insulation)
Estimated improvement in efficiency : 73 % reduction in heat loss (through treated wall)
   
Please note efficiency gain figures are for illustrative purposes

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Location: York
Wall construction: Dense concrete block - cavity - brick
Fill material: Mineral wool
Estimated 'U' Value of wall: 1.37w/m2k (before insulation)
0.34w/m2k (after insulation)
Estimated improvement in efficiency : 75 % reduction in heat loss (through treated wall)
   
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Location: Sale
Wall construction: brick - cavity - brick
Fill material: Mineral wool
Estimated 'U' Value of wall: 1.37w/m2k (before insulation)
0.34w/m2k (after insulation)
Estimated improvement in efficiency : 75 % reduction in heat loss (through treated wall)
   
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Location: Manchester
Wall construction: pre-insulated thermalite block - cavity - brick
Fill material: Mineral wool
Estimated 'U' Value of wall: 0.8w/m2k (before insulation)
0.30w/m2k (after insulation)
Estimated improvement in efficiency : 62 % reduction in heat loss (through treated wall)
   
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Cavity Wall Insulation - more information

top What is a cavity wall?

House-builders started building houses with cavity walls from around 1920-1930, but there are many examples of this construction method being used earlier than that. Most houses built after 1930 will be a cavity wall construction. Prior to this houses were made with solid walls – two layers of brick forming a 9 inch solid wall.

A cavity wall is made of two distinct layers with a gap in-between. The gap or cavity is usually between 60-70mm wide (just less than 3”) but can be as little as 45mm-50mm, or up to 100mm or even greater.

top How does Cavity wall insulation work?

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Cavity wall insulation is a tried and tested technology. Material, shown in yellow here, is blown or injected into the cavity between the two layers that make the external walls of your property. A trained technician / installer will do this from the outside of your property.

With Cavity Wall Insulation installed, the gap between the inner and outer walls is filled with a material that reduces the passage of heat from inside to outside (in summer the effect is reversed and it helps keep your house cool on hot days). Depending on your home's wall construction (random stone, brick etc.) different insulation options are available - read more

For insulation to be really effective a cavity should be over 50 mm (2 inches). Cavity walls with a space less than 45mm should not normally be insulated; care should be taken to inspect the cavity with a boroscope to determine the exact width.


top Cavity wall insulation systems - Mineral fibre, blown fibre

Also known as Rockwool or Glass wool, made from spun volcanic rock or glass, it is an entirely dry system which uses granulated fibre blown into the cavity to a predetermined density. The mineral fibre is treated with a water repellent during the manufacturing process and the material is blown into the cavity through a series of 22mm holes. This form of insulation has been used widely throughout the British Isles since the 1960s 1970s and has a proven track record of performance (see more information).

top Cavity wall insulation systems - Expanded polystyrene beads

Thousands of small polystyrene beads are blown into the cavity space and normally bonded using a binding agent or PVA adhesive. Generally there are less holes required to fill the cavity with this system (see more information).

top Cavity wall insulation systems - PU Foam

Polyurethane foam can be used in walls that are unsuited to fibre insulation (e.g. 'random' stone properties where the cavity is of variable width). PU foam is a premium product that has excellent thermal properties, resists water penetration and adds to the structural stability of the wall.

Holes are generally smaller than with other systems but in all other respects the completion work is carried out in the same way (see more information).

top The Installation Process - site survey

Typically cavity wall insulation would take around half a day to install for a normal semi-detached house or a small detached property, but longer for larger properties. The installer / technician will do a preliminary survey to check for access around the site and look for any obstructions, for example sheds against house walls or conservatories that may restrict access. (Note a competent surveyor will identify these matters before an installer arrives on site).

All necessary air vents are checked - for example those providing under floor ventilation and combustion air. Air bricks are generally “sleeved” to allow air to pass unimpeded from outside to inside.

In all cases flues are carefully checked on completion of the installation process by means of an appropriate test to ensure they have not been obstructed by the insulation material.

top The Installation Process - the drilling procedure

A series of holes are drilled in the outer walls, normally in the mortar joint between the bricks. Typically with the mineral fibre system the hole diameter is 22mm. Fewer holes are drilled with the Polystyrene bead system and PU foam, but with all insulation systems enough holes are drilled to create a pattern that allows the walls to fill evenly.

The system manufacturers will train and provide installation manuals that must be complied with by the installing company. The installation must be carried out in accordance with the relevant BBA (British Board of Agrément) Certificate, and CIGA guidelines (for blown fibre).

top The Installation Process - filling the cavity walls

The insulation material is blown or injected into the cavity wall working from the bottom upwards in a specified sequence to provide an even and uniform fill. Where a semi–detached or terraced property is to be insulated, the insulation material is contained by inserting a cavity barrier at the dividing line of the properties. This prevents material spreading into your neighbour’s cavity.

When the filling process is complete, the holes are filled with matching mortar. The technician will mix this to blend in with the original mortar colour, and any new air bricks are fitted and re-pointed in the same way.

top The Installation Process - post installation inspection

On completion of the work the technician will do a post installation survey, this includes an inspection of the flues, air bricks, and the interior of the building to check for the presence of any surplus material. If this has occurred in inhabited parts of the building, it must be removed.

top Are your walls suitable for cavity insulation ?

You can tell whether your home has cavity walls by looking at the brick pattern on the outside. A wall with a regular interlocking brick pattern known as ‘stretcher bond’ signifies a cavity is present.

If your home is of a timber framed construction, the external walls consist of a single layer of brick behind which is the timber frame, then cavity wall insulation cannot be installed.

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Cavity walls ? = suitable for cavity wall insulation

Solid walls ? = not suitable for cavity insulation, but may be suitable for internal or external insulation

Insulating your home is a great way to save money, improve comfort and reduce your impact on the environment, however there are instances where some houses that have cavity walls are not suitable for wall insulation of this type. For example:

  • If your home is suffering from dampness because of structural issues with the walls.
  • Where the damp proof course has failed.
  • Where your home is in an exposed position and walls are prone to driving rain.
  • Where the walls have already been filled (if this is the case you will usually be able to see evidence of drill holes in the mortar at the corners of bricks).
  • If the property is a “system built” house i.e. constructed of prefabricated concrete and steel.

It is important that your home is correctly assessed by an experienced surveyor - read more. Our standard survey is free and without obligation.

top Customer service from Yorkshire Insulation

For more information on the various materials available and any technical advice please contact our technical team on 0113 3200299.

We regularly monitor the work carried out by approved contractors and customer feedback is requested on a regular basis. As part of our clients for life philosophy we actively encourage customers to share their experiences of working with our service and the contractors we have recommended.

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