CosyInsulation Reviews

30th January, 2020 posted in by

Most of our reviews have been completed via Facebook recommendations. You can see these on our Facebook page under the reviews section. We are pleased that all of the reviews we have received from our customers have been positive.

We pride ourselves in providing a great service and offering a quality product that helps to cut heating bills by up to 50%. We are confident our customers will notice the difference and be impressed with the results.

Here are some of our recent reviews below.

CosyInsulation– Airtight & Breathable

23rd January, 2020 posted in by

One term does not contradict the other. Airtightness and breathability are two entirely separate statements.

Airtight means it does not allow air to escape or pass through – our spray foam does not allow the passing movement of air, it can also be sprayed into all the hard to reach spaces, leaving no air gaps, therefore it reduces heat loss and improves energy efficiency.

Breathable means that the foam allows moisture vapour to pass through it. Therefore, there are no issues with trapped moisture, condensation or dry rot.

A roof does not require air flow – air flow was designed for conventional insulation as they were not breathable. Hot air met the cold surface of the felt or tiles and caused condensation to form. In order for this water to disperse it required an air flow to dry it out. A breathable foam adhered directly to felt means that the felt is no longer a cold surface. The dew point has been moved to the outside of the roof so the condensation forms above the felt rather than the inside. Because condensation is not forming there is no need for air to dry it out. This has went through vigorous testing by the BBA for every weather condition.

We get lots of queries regarding the application of our Spray foam insulation. Here are some common Q & A’s

I’ve been told I need a gap of 50mm above the insulation for building control. How can you spray directly onto the felt?

Most buildings contain air that is more humid than the air outside of that building. When the moisture is confronted with a relatively cold and impermeable layer such as the roof felt it may condense.

The traditional way of avoiding the risk of this condensation in roofs, is to ventilate the moisture away, by introducing airflow directly above the insulation layer and below the sarking felt by leaving a 50mm gap. However, as the Lapolla FL500 Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation is breathable it will allow this process to happen without the need for an additional airgap. Therefore, our spray foam insulation can be sprayed directly to the rafters and felt. This is BBA and building control approved.

Does this product come with building control approval?

Yes, we provide certificates for building regulations.

Can I see the BBA certification?

Yes, you can view the BBA certification for Lapolla Open Cell Spray Foam here.

Does it release bad fumes into your home?

Our insulation is 100% water blown and contains no harmful CFC’s or toxins. Our team wear protective clothing and masks whilst installing the spray foam mainly to keep over spray off their clothes and off hair and face. There is no risk to our customers or the air quality of their home. In fact, proper insulation may help to improve air quality in your home by combating issues such as condensation and mould.

Will spray foam insulation rot my timbers?

Our open cell spray foam is breathable. As the timber can breathe no moisture is trapped it will not lead to damp or rot.

What happens when the rafters swell or shrink throughout the year?

The open cell insulation is flexible and will move with the timbers without breaking the seal.

Does it make it more difficult to spot potential roof leakages once it’s installed?

The open cell is not waterproof so if there is a leak in the roof the water will drip through at the spot of leak.

Is it safe from bacterial and fungal growth?

Yes, Lapolla Spray Foam insulation will not grow fungus or bacteria or attract any rodents or pests.

How long is your lifetime guarantee?

Our lifetime warranty lasts 25 years. This is the longest warranty that can be issued in the UK. This warranty is provided by the manufacturer Lapolla.

If you have any other questions regarding our insulation or would like a quote just give us a call on (028) 9447 7470 or fill out a form on our website.

Spray foam insulation – how much does it cost?

23rd January, 2020 posted in by

If you are looking for a quick answer online unfortunately it’s one of those how long is a piece of string type of questions.

How much does a new house cost? It depends on the house. How much does a car cost? Well, it depends on the car. How much does a spray foam insulation job cost? That too depends on the job.

Often people ask us for an approximate cost for example a 3 bedroom home, however that doesn’t really give us an idea of the condition or size of the roof. Some homes will have box rooms that fit a single bed and not much more, others massive rooms with en-suites and walk in wardrobes. It wouldn’t be fair for us to guess and give you information that’s nowhere near accurate.

What do we base our pricing on?

1. The Foam – there are many different products we can use on your roof and they all come with their own price tag. We have open cell and three different types of closed cell. The spray foam we use will depend on the type of roof, age of the roof and space available in the roof space.

2. Depth of insulation required – Some rafters are 100m, others are 200mm. Some projects require us to work to different uvalues which determine the depth of insulation required.

3. The size of a job Like many industries we can offer a lower rate for those “buying in bulk”. We can’t give a price per square meter as it varies depending on the scale of the job.

4. Location – We cover both the North and South of Ireland so work across both currencies. Exchange rates may affect the price we can offer, and we may need to factor fuel costs into the job for those who are further away from our base.

5. Ease/accessibility – Some spaces are easier to access and work on than others. Some are more complex. A “smaller” job can often take more time to complete if it’s harder for our team to reach.

We aren’t trying to be secretive about what we charge, but as you can see each quote is individual and based on multiple factors. We tailor our price to the job to give our customers a fair price, ensuring no customer pays any more or less than they need to.

The only way to get a quote is to fill out quote form and arrange an appointment with a surveyor. Quotes are free, no obligation and last around just 30 minutes. Our surveyor will check the roof to make sure the foam can be used, take measurements and explain the process so you have all the information you need from us to make a decision when you are ready. Get a quote now.

How to make an old home more energy efficient

19th December, 2019 posted in by

Older homes often come with stunning period features and a charm that can’t be reproduced, however unfortunately they can also come with a host of issues. Condensation, damp, and high heating costs to name a few. Take a look at our five tips to help make your older home more energy efficient and cosy!

1. Spray foam insulation

Spray foam insulation is the most efficient and cost-effective way to insulate your home. At CosyInsulation we use Lapolla open cell spray foam, BBA approved, airtight and breathable. With our spray foam insulation you could save up to 50% off your home heating bills and improve your EPC rating by up to 3 levels. Around 50% of the heat from your home is lost through your roof, so having your roof space properly insulated will make a big difference, retaining your heat and keeping your whole home cosy.

spray foam insulation

2. Get smart with your energy use

A smart meter will let you see where exactly your energy is being drained. This will encourage you to use these appliances less, more carefully, or perhaps replace with a more energy efficient version. You could also invest in smart lights, plugs and appliances which can be controlled from your phone to reduce your costs further in the long run.

3. New windows and doors

Around 35% of heat from your home is lost through windows, making changes here can make a big difference. New windows and doors can also make your home more comfortable with improved sound proofing and reduced condensation. Plus, they will improve the appearance of your windows, making your home look more finished, which will if you decide to sell your home in the future.

4. Invest in a new boiler

Heating your home accounts for around 55% of your annual energy bills – whilst the cost to replace your boiler is high the reward will be worth it. A new boiler can be a significant outlay and one many of us put off. However, a modern energy efficient boiler could save you up to £300 per year and you may even be suitable for a grant.

5. Draught-proofing

Our final tip is a cheaper option that you can do yourself and can quickly improve your energy efficiency. Draught-proofing is simply stopping warm air from escaping your house and cold air coming in. Quick fixes include putting a cap on an unused chimney, using a draft excluder to cover the gap under doors and sealing gaps in your floorboards.

To find out more about how CosyInsulation could make your home more energy efficient give us a call on 028 9447 7470 or get a quote here.

Why is my heating bill so high?

19th December, 2019 posted in by

Do you have your heating on more this year?

Your heating costs may simply be higher because you are using it more. Maybe you’ve been feeling the cold more this year or you’ve been spending more time at home? If you’ve been finding yourself choosing more nights in on the sofa over nights out, or perhaps you’ve been given more flexibility to work from home – then you’ll probably been switching the heating on without giving it much extra thought.

Changes in the weather

When its colder outside your heating system will have to work harder to keep your home cosy.

Has your meter been read recently?

Check your bill to see if you have been charged based on estimated usage or accurate meter readings. If you’ve been charged based on estimated usage and it varies greatly from your actual usage get in touch with your energy provider.

Fuel prices have gone up

Often the energy providers will announce price increases – this will have a direct affect on your bill. Check the recent news for your energy provider to see if there has been a recent announcement.

You’re paying too much

It’s worth checking you are on the most competitive tariff around – it’s much easier than you might think to change deal or provider and could save you up to £300 per year.

How are you heating your home?

Heating your home with electric heaters is the most expensive way to keep warm – costing around 3 times as much as heating your home with gas. If your boiler is inefficient and out of date this can also rack up costs. Modern gas condensing boilers are the best way to heat your home.

Check your thermostat

Does your home get uncomfortably hot if you leave the heating on too long? According to the Energy Saving Trust, turning down the thermostat by just one degree can save the typical home around £75 a year and you’ll probably not notice the difference in terms of warmth. 18- 20°C should be comfortable.

Is your home poorly insulated?

If your home is poorly insulated you’ll be spending a lot of money heating your home for it to escape through your roof, floors and windows. Spray foam insulation is the quickest and most effective way of insulating your home and can reduce your home heating costs by up to 50% - find out more about spray foam insulation.

Where can CosyInsulation be used?

19th December, 2019 posted in by

At CosyInsulation our trained specialists install Lapolla Spray Foam Insulation to insulate a wide variety of properties around the country, we’ve worked on everything from new build homes to sheds & barn conversions.

New builds

Lapolla spray foam insulation is the premier choice of insulation for builders and housing developers. Offering air tightness, thermal qualities to match any other insulation in today’s market, noise reduction and maximising energy efficiency. Our product is BBA approved and covered by a lifetime warranty.

Recently we completed work for Kelly Brother’s on 6 new build homes in Portadown & also a modern self-build in Donegal – pictures below.

Existing homes

Older properties are typically less energy efficient than new builds and can be expensive to heat. If your home has a low energy rating CosyInsulation could improve your energy rating by up to 3 grades and reduce heating costs by up to 50% per year. Our Spray Foam insulation may also help with reducing damp and condensation, and with sound proofing.

Business premises/offices

Investing in spray foam insulation will also reduce your business overheads and keep your team cosy throughout the year.

Commercial or Agricultural Shed

Spray foam insulation can be sprayed in all shapes and spaces including outhouses and agricultural sheds. This will help reduce condensation. Regardless of what type of farm or outbuilding you own our system will improve the thermal efficiency within.

This agricultural building was completed earlier this year for a client in Annacloy.

Storage warehouse

Similarly, storage warehouses can suffer from issues such as condensation, which can often destroy the contents being stored. Spray foam insulation is impermeable to water. This means that not only will spray foam thoroughly seal and protect your warehouse, but if flooding should occur in the area, spray foam insulation will not absorb the water like other materials will.

Renovations of older properties

Older properties are renowned for their character and charm, but also for being harder to maintain and heat. Spray foam insulation can be applied inside of old stone walls, allowing you to insulate the property without compromising the beauty of the original building.

Timber frame homes

Modern timber built homes can make extremely energy efficient homes. Spray foam insulation can be sprayed into the entire frame, both the walls and roof, allowing for an insulated airtight structure.

Garage conversion

More and more people are converting their garages into sunrooms, home offices, guest suites or simply an additional room in their home. Spray foam insulation is a great way to start your transform and start making the most out of this additional space.

Holiday home or rental property

Spray Foam insulation will help keep tenants happy with lower heating bills and guests will get a good night’s seat with improved sound proofing and warmth. Plus keep your property in good nick by reducing issues like condensation.

Shipping Container

Want to transform a shipping container into an office or living space? Spray foam insulation is great because it can fit in all the awkward spaces to stop the cold air getting in and as it’s breathable you don’t have to worry about condensation.

Get in touch with us to find out more and get a quote.