A bargain expert has explained how he saved £400 on insulating his loft by taking on the DIY project himself.
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, decided to take matters into his own hands after finding £600 quotes online for a professional.
Tom decided to purchase rolls of loft floor insulation himself to make his roof more energy efficient.
Of course if you're taking on a job like this yourself, it's important to do your research and speak to professionals first, before embarking on the project.
Tom paid £114 on six rolls of Knauf EkoRoll Loft Insulation Roll, which was priced at £19 each from Toolstation.
Tom also spent £5 on safety goggles and dust masks, brought from Amazon and B&Q.
He already had the tape measure, screwdriver, pen and paper, scissors and wooden board offcuts he needed at home.
Tom says he has saved over £450 by taking the job on himself
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Tom said: “When I looked up quotes, I realised the average cost per hour for a tradesperson would be £150, and it would take between two and four hours to get the job done.
“That means I could have paid out £600, particularly as my loft is on the larger side."
Tom said the first step of his project was to decide on the type of insulation he wanted in his loft, which is roughly 50 square metres.
He decided to go with cold roof insulation, which is applied to the floor and traps in the heat for spaces where the loft isn’t being used.
In comparison, if you’re living in your loft space, you may want to consider warm roof insulation instead, he said.
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He then had to decide whether he wanted to install floor rolls or floor boards, and ultimately went with floor rolls as these are easier to work with – and they’re cheaper.
“However, floor boards are ideal if you have a need for a large storage space which can easily be accessed,” he added.
“I went with floor rolls because this option allowed me to save even more.”
Tom started his project in the corner furthest away from the loft hatch, and slowly worked his way back from over there.
“Place a wooden board to lean on at a right angle to the joists next to those you’re placing insulation in,” he said.
“Then place the first roll between the joists, being careful to leave a gap of around 25mm away from the eaves to ensure the area can remain well ventilated and condensation free.
“Be sure to push the insulation against the joists so there aren’t any gaps, but don’t apply so much pressure that you squish it.
“If you need to join two rolls of insulation together, place them so they are close together, but don’t make them overlap.
“If you need to cut the insulation, be sure to use a long and sharp knife which has a serrated edge – a bread knife is a good option.”
Before you head into your loft, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the right protective equipment.
Tom said he wore gloves, a dust mask and safety goggles to prevent dust and debris from causing irritation.
You also want to make sure you don’t waste money buying excess materials, so get the right measurements before making a purchase.
Use a tape measure to work out the overall surface area, then consider the length and thickness of the insulation you want to buy.
The government recommends an insulation depth of 270mm as the minimum for glass mineral wool.
Tom started looking at ways to insulate his home to save money on his energy bills.
Families are currently in the middle of an energy crisis with soaring wholesale gas prices pushing up the price of household bills.
The energy price cap – which sets a limit on the rates you pay for each unit of electricity and gas – also shot up by £139 last month.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, having good loft insulation can save consumers an average of £150 per year.