A traditional cottage or a detached house loses nearly 6% of its heat through the floor.
There are a number of things that can be done to improve this situation.
Suspended Timber Floors
Ground floor insulation can be installed against a ventilated space under the floorboards.
- This can be a very delicate operation: consider employing an experienced joiner for lifting and refixing floor boards, especially if they are valuable or historic.
- Where historic floor finishes have to be preserved, insulation may be inappropriate unless there is sufficient crawl space underneath to install it from below.
LBC is required to lift historic floorboards and alter the floor height.
In some cases, sealing gaps and draught stripping skirting boards may be the only solution possible, together with laying a carpet with an insulating underlay. It is important to use moisture permeable materials to prevent timber decay.