Loft and Cavity Insulation

Full and partial grants are currently available to private tenants and home owners in the UK for the purpose of insulating loft and cavities.

Councils and Housing Associations are responsible for maintaining their own properties although insulation schemes may be available from time to time. This doesn’t apply to all areas but you are still entitled to apply to find out if our insulation companies cover your area. If this is not the case please contact your landlord for more information.

Private landlords are welcome to apply for grants on behalf of tenants. Please call us if you have more than one property as you may be entitled to get all properties upgraded for FREE.

Applications are accepted from social landlords, letting agents and estate agents.

Loft insulation eligibility:

The current government recommendation for loft insulation is 11″(270mm). Any loft with less than 4″(100mm) should be eligible to have the loft insulated. If you are unsure of the exact depth but think you have around 4″(100mm) please continue to apply as the insulation may have compressed over time.

All work must be conducted by an approved insulation installer.

Grants cannot be claimed if you have done or intend to do the work yourself.

Loft insulation provided by the grant schemes:

Glass fiber blankets (also known as mineral or rock wool) are generally used to cover the floor of the loft. This is derived from sand and is designed to last for the lifetime of your property. Other insulating materials such as paper and sheep’s wool are not included in the scheme.

Blankets are installed between the joists in the loft then a second layer is rolled over the top. In cases where the loft pitch is under 1.2m fibre can be blown in instead.

Insulation is fitted to make sure you have at least 11″(270mm) so you  are up to date with the government guide lines.

Insulation fitted to the sloping roof or flat roof is NOT included.

Cavity wall insulation eligibility:

Most brick properties which have a cavity of 50mm or more built with building regulations between 1924 and 2002 are eligible

Cavity insulation is installed from the ground floor upwards. In the case of flats and other shared constructs we will need additional information regarding the build and construction as neighbours’ consent is required.

Timber, steel and concrete frame properties cannot be insulated.

All work must be conducted by an approved insulation installer.

Grants cannot be claimed if you have done or intend to do the work yourself.

Cavity wall insulation provided by the government grant scheme:

Shredded glass fiber (also known as rock or mineral wool) or carbon beads are fed in between the brick or block work. This material is derived from sand is designed to last for the lifetime of your property. Other types of insulating material such as paper and sheep’s wool are not included.

When the surveyors visit your property they will explain what kind of insulation is currently installed and which insulation company will best fit your criteria.

Solid wall insulation (i.e. internal or external walls) is NOT included under the government grant scheme.

100% FREE insulation grant eligibility:

If any person in the household receives a qualifying benefit, credit or allowance (see below).

If any person in the household is aged 70 or over at the date of enquiry.

Lofts must have 1.2m pitch and no less than 4″(100mm) of insulation. In some cases the pitch can be as low as 0.9m however this is dependant on the area.

Qualifying benefits for the 100% grant:

Attendance Allowance
Income Support
Council Tax Benefit (single person’s discount and student exemption do not qualify)
Disability Living Allowance
Disabled Persons Tax Credit
Housing Benefit
Child Tax Credit (gross combined household income must be under £16,040, excluding all benefits)
Working Tax Credit (gross combined household income must be under £16,040, excluding all benefits)
Income-Based (JSA) Jobseekers Allowance
War Disablement Pension **
Pension Credit (This is a top-up to the ordinary state pension. A State Pension on it’s own does not qualify)

* Must also be in receipt of Constant Attendance Allowance
** Must include Mobility Supplement or Constant Attendance Allowance

40% to 70% insulation grant:

All home owners or private tenants qualify regardless of income. Working full or part-time you can still claim a grant.

Lofts must have 4″ (100mm) or less to qualify for a partial insulation grant.

Restrictions

Loft Insulation grants have restrictions on the depth of insulation already in your loft. On the free schemes, if you are 70 or over, this restriction is typically 2.5″(60mm) so you may only qualify for a partial grant.

If you are in receipt of benefits restrictions vary depending on the scheme and your area. An existing depth of up to 4″(100mm) is typically allowed on the partial grant schemes.

Extra charges may also apply to large properties. If scaffolding or other special access equipment are required, this will also be chargeable.

If any of this information is relevant your FREE survey will highlight the details.

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