Roof Insualtion Eligible Under Green Deal Scheme
The Green Deal scheme is to be launched this October, providing access for energy efficient home improvements for property owners in the UK, and all at no upfront cost. Instead, the loan is repaid via small additional costs which are added to the energy bill of the homeowner or tenant. The scheme has one important guideline, known as ‘The Golden Rule’. The Golden Rule states that ‘the expected financial savings must be equal to or greater than the costs attached to the energy bill.’
There are a variety of measures available under the Green Deal scheme, all intended to make the property cheaper to heat and much more energy efficient. One of these measures is roof insulation.
A large proportion on heat lost from the home is lost through the roof, which leads to a colder home that is more expensive to heat, especially in winter. Roof insulation can reduce the amount of heat lost through the roof, so you can heat your home for less, and enjoy a much warmer and more comfortable home to live in.
As explained, the Green Deal has no upfront costs. To become involved in the Green Deal scheme, and to see if roof insulation would be suitable for your property, you must first get in contact with a Green Deal provider to request an assessment. An accredited Green Deal advisor will then visit the property in question, carry out the assessment and reports the results back to the Green Deal Provider.
The Green Deal Provider then recommends particular measures which the property is eligible for, and roof insulation may well be one of the measures mentioned. As the property owner, you must agree for the measures to be installed, and work is carried out be accredited Green Deal installers. After work is completed, the Green Deal Provider informs the energy company, who will then add a small charge onto the energy bill of the property which will be repaid over time by the current homeowner or, in the case of rented accommodation, the tenant.
Once the improvements have been paid for, the charge is removed from the energy bill and you can benefit from a home that is cheaper to heat and retains the heat much better than before roof insulation was installed.
If you happen to have a flat roof then there are two ways in which insulation can be added to the roof, referred to as ‘cold deck’ and ‘warm deck’ insulation.
Cold deck roof insulation is a form of mineral wool placed in between the timber rafters. However, a 50mm air gap must be left clear to avoid condensation which can lead to damage of the timbers, or damp problems. Warm deck insulation is placed on the exterior of the roof, so there is no need to worry over condensation problems occurring.
No matter what type of roof you have, it may be a good idea to look into roof insulation to see if you require it in your property. UK Roofing Services offer roof insulation services, so don’t hesitate to contact us for more details or to book our services.