Why would you ever want to remove loft insulation?

Loft insulation is generally being seen as a positive within any residential or commercial property. The general idea behind the installation of insulating materials in the loft is that they can significantly reduce heat loss.

The consumer group, Which?, have suggested that loft insulation can save home owners around £240 per year, repaying the investment within a matter of a few years. It seems clear, therefore, that this is something that is good for your pocket and good for the environment.

But, here at Extract Insulation, we are specialists in removing insulation. As well as working on cavity wall insulation, we have expertise in the area of loft insulation removal. That rather begs the question: if this is something that’s so good to have in your home, then why would you wish to employ someone to remove it for you?

In order to answer that question, we’d like to talk about some scenarios that we’ve encountered over the years. Some of these may even apply in the case of your own home.

Firstly, loft insulation can have a really great, positive impact, as long as it is properly installed. Unfortunately, we’ve been in to homes where insulation has been installed in an environment that it is simply not suited to. On some occasions, this may have been because a well-intentioned resident has attempted a DIY approach. We’re afraid to say that we’ve also seen instances where professional installers have failed to follow a best practice approach.

But problems aren’t always caused by difficulties associated with the original installation. We’ve also seen insulating materials removed or damaged by animals and creatures that find their way into properties. In particular, an influx of wasps, bees or mice can have a huge impact, leaving the insulation in a state that cannot be repaired or recovered. Where there has been a large pest infestation, it may become necessary to carry out a complete removal and replacement project.

What’s the other key cause of problems? Based upon our own experience, a key factor would be water and moisture. A simple leak within the loft, in not dealt with quickly, can soon become a massive issue when it comes to insulation. The problem here is that water can serve to compress the material, dramatically reducing its ability to provide the expected levels of insulation. It may not be appreciated that, even once suitable drying takes place, that problem will persist.

As you can see from these examples, there are occasions when it becomes necessary to remove loft insulation. In such instances, it’s vital that a professional team of experts should be available to you. The removal of some of these materials, which may include skin irritants, is not for those without the necessary expertise. With increasing amounts of legislation to be considered too, including around the disposal of such materials, it’s never been more vital that you should engage the experts.

If you believe that there is a problem with your loft insulation, then we can help. As established experts in removal, disposal and replacement, we would welcome your call.

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