Garage Door Insulation

insulating garage door

Most garages are too hot in Summer and too cold in Winter.

If you want to use the garage as a workshop . . or even a man cave, it will be much more comfortable if its insulated.

Maintaining a comfortable temperature in the garage also means it makes a better Buffer Zone for the [read more…]

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Sisalation or Sarking

sarking

Sarking is the sheet material which can be put over the roof trusses before the final roof covering is installed.

It’s normally standard on a metal roof as it prevents condensation on the underside of a roof from dropping onto the ceiling below.

In the case of a tiled roof it helps with weatherproofing [read more…]

Seaweed House

Seaweed-House

What do you think of this house?

Roof look a little unusual?

Well the roof, and the walls, are built using seeweed!

The seeweed provides a long lasting external surface, which as well as being a natural renewable resource, has great insulation values.

To find out more, with lots of pictures of [read more…]

Rendered Foam Walls

Foam rendered walls

Rendered Foam walls are becoming much more common, particularly in the upper floor of 2 storey homes. They offer a real advantage in situations where it would be difficult to provide adequate suppport for a heavy brick wall (For example when the upper floor needs to be set back from the ground floor)

If you [read more…]

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Understanding Ceiling Insulation

ceiling insulation (2)

I frequently see comments like “Ceiling insulation is next to worthless in summer.”

I have even heard people say “With a hot roof space it will be overwhelmed.” and “After the sun has gone off it stops the house cooling down.”

Here is the truth:

All insulation works by slowing the rate of heat [read more…]

Insulation Basics – Double Brick Walls

I have previously carried out a worked example of the insulation of a Brick Veneer Wall, so as a comparison here is double brick wall.

I have also shown (in brackets) the effect of using a hebel block in place of one of the brick ‘leaves':

Element

R value

Outside surface air layer

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