Thinking about renovating? Here's the best type of insulation to retrofit into your walls!

Thinking about renovating? Here’s the best type of insulation to retrofit into your walls!

Quality insulation is designed to last a long time, but if you have an older home it could be time to replace your insulation. Fluctuating temperatures, difficulty heating or cooling your home and increased power bills are all signs that your insulation needs replacing.

Did you know that homes with adequate insulation are able to regulate temperatures better and rely less on artificial heating and cooling? If you’re planning a renovation, don’t forget insulation!

Renovating? Now is the best time to retrofit wall insulation!

During the building or renovation phase is the best time for installing insulation throughout the home, and in the walls in particular. That’s because the wall cavity is exposed, giving you easy access. Opening up a wall later on is impractical and expensive, so if you are planning a major renovation, now is the time to get your insulation right.

Best insulation for walls in existing homes

  are the best choice for insulating walls in existing homes because they are inexpensive, effective and durable. Most have a high fire rating too. Specialised acoustic insulation batts are ideal for walls and between floors of a double storey home as they reduce noise transfer from room to room.

Insulation batts come pre-cut to fit between the wall joists of most Australian homes. They are typically made from glasswool, polyester or in some cases, rockwool. Options such as Knauf Earthwool rely on advanced technologies to create a more environmentally friendly option. Insulation batts are soft to touch and easy to handle whether you are planning a DIY or professional installation.

DIY vs hiring a professional

When you’re renovating, it’s important to stick to your budget. One way to keep costs down is by doing some of the work yourself. Many people choose to DIY their insulation. With the right research and equipment, it’s possible to retrofit insulation yourself.

However, poorly installed insulation is significantly less effective at resisting heat transfer.  That’s why many people choose to go with a contractor. Not only do contractors have the skills and expertise to do a high standard installation, they also know the safety regulations that need to be met.

Hot tips to make your renovation go perfectly

There’s a lot to think about when you’re renovating, but careful planning and research really pay off. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Do your research and create a plan
  • Create and stick to a budget
  • Leave some things to the professionals
  • Know the council regulations
  • Choose materials based on your climate and environment
  • Think about what will make your home more livable
  • Don’t forget the unseen elements that make a big difference

Although it might not be on the top of your mind, insulation is a crucial element for any home renovation. Whether you want to make your home more environmentally friendly, improve comfort and livability or increase the value of your home, make sure insulation is on your list of renovation priorities!

John Norwood
John Norwood is best known as a technology journalist, currently at Ziddu where he focuses on tech startups, companies, and products.