Removing loft insulation: why not do it yourself?
DIY approach can help you to make great savings on all sorts of projects around the home. If you are confident in your own abilities, then you can often get jobs completed at a fraction of the normal cost. But some tasks do require professional assistance and that DIY approach can end up being a false economy. In this article, we take a closer look at whether it’s realistic for you to carry out loft insulation removal yourself.
Increasing layers of legislation and building regulations have emphasised the benefits of loft insulation within the UK. The basic drive has been to encourage home owners to install more and more insulation. If you already have some insulating materials within your loft, then you might be considering actions associated with topping up what is already in place.
If you find yourself taking a different approach and considering the wholesale removal of loft insulation, then it’s likely that you have identified a serious problem. In these cases, action is not taken lightly.
You may be forced into this situation because of a significant pest infestation or because water has come into contact with insulating materials. In such cases, there is an obvious need for professional expertise.
Where a pest infestation has occurred, it’s important that all signs of that infestation should be removed, prior to considering what to do about the insulation. Similarly, if you believe that water has reduced the effectiveness of your insulation, then you need to be sure that the problem won’t re-occur in the future. This may also need a professional investigation.
Once you have identified and rectified the underlying cause, safeguarding your property in the appropriate manner, it’s time to remove and replace your loft insulation. Is it best to take a DIY approach to doing so?
You may face some immediate difficulties, depending upon your roof construction, loft layout and the type of insulation that’s already in place. Some areas of your loft are likely to be difficult to reach, while some insulating materials are considerably more difficult to remove in others. Taking into account that there may be irritants present too, this can soon become a tricky and unpleasant task.
But the difficulties don’t stop once you have removed the materials from your loft. It then becomes necessary to dispose of them in an appropriate fashion. The legislation around waste disposal within the UK has been greatly strengthened in recent years. In effect, the home owner is responsible for ensuring that all materials removed from the home are disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
Depending upon the type of insulation that has been removed, there may be harmful elements that need to be disposed of particularly carefully. Here at Extract Insulation, we have the expertise to carry out such a task. Most home owners, on the other hand, are unlikely to have the experience of doing so.
Removing of insulation and then disposing of it requires a professional, qualified approach. It’s rarely something that can, or should, be handled on a DIY basis.