The best types of wall insulation and their costs

Insulation is a great way to create a cozy living space and lower your heating bills. The question is, what are the costs of partition wall insulation? Rising energy prices make it difficult to predict exactly how much you will save in the future. However, houses with insulation will definitely have lower bills than those without it, so it’s a good time to invest.

Partition wall insulation is a good way to mitigate rising fuel costs and a much cheaper option than exterior and interior insulation. Prepare a budget of around PLN 6,500-8,000. You’ll get the best results if it’s part of a long-term renovation plan that will improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Costs of insulation with polystyrene beads

Insulation with polystyrene beads (EPS) consists in blowing them into the wall through holes drilled outside the house. Specially coated beads spread and combine into an efficient and moisture resistant insulator that does not require subsequent maintenance. The average cost of partition wall insulation: about PLN 62 per m2.

How much does mineral wool cost?

Inflatable rock wool partition wall insulation is made of glass or wool. It is installed in a similar way to EPS beads by blowing it into the space between the walls through small holes in the outer wall. Well installed, mineral wool insulation is an efficient and maintenance-free insulator that remains in good condition throughout the life of the building. The average bids we received for mineral wool and EPS beads were very similar. The average cost of partition wall insulation: about PLN 58 per m2.

How much does polyurethane foam cost?

Polyurethane (PU) foam is injected into the space between the walls where it hardens to form an excellent insulator. The strong structure of this insulation can even make walls stronger. It is a more specialized product with a higher price, so it is not as widely used as the other types. However, it can be an excellent solution for more complex projects, such as walls with corroding wall bonds caused by moisture. The average cost of partition wall insulation: about PLN 150 per m2.

Other partition wall insulation costs to be considered

The type of property will also affect the price – for example, a middle house has fewer exterior walls than a corner house. Ease of access and location are other factors that can affect costs. An inspection of the insulation – often included in the installation fee – should also be considered. Any repairs, e.g. cracks in bricks or mortar, leaks in gutters will also increase costs. Another is to clean the partition before filling is another important element if there are contaminants in the space between the walls. You can also order a home heat loss study.

What are the costs of partition wall insulation removal?

Problems with partition wall insulation are rare, especially if you used a reputable installer. However, there are circumstances in which it may be necessary to remove it. If insulation actually needs to be removed, it is usually a fairly simple task. It consists in blowing it out of the space between the walls using a high-pressure vacuum cleaner. The expected cost is about PLN 70-110 per m2 for removing partition wall insulation.

You will be more likely to have to replace the partition wall insulation if it was installed by a dishonest installer. Incompetent professionals can choose the wrong insulation. They may also not perform the work to the high standards expected of good installers registered with professional organizations. Bez zachowania odpowiednich środków ostrożności przy montażu, powstaną przerwy i szczeliny. They can cause cold or moisture to get in, causing problems inside the building.

What to pay attention to when insulating walls?

Make sure the walls are in good condition before agreeing on the cost of partition wall insulation and its installation. If any work is needed, we will do it for the client or invite appropriate professionals. Though it will cost more. Some installers are not so careful and may proceed to fill the partition when there are already problems with moisture. Properly installed insulation typically requires no maintenance once installed, but if water enters the partition, the performance of the insulation can be affected. In such cases, problems with moisture and mold can arise. So it’s important to keep a close eye on any early signs of cracks in plaster, damaged mortar, leaks in gutters, etc. on your home.

In the worst case, the insulation will have to be removed and reinstalled. Prompt action in the event of any damage will save you problems with partition wall insulation in the future. In the past, urea-formaldehyde foam was sometimes used to insulate a partition wall, which could pose a health risk to the occupants. Removing it is a complicated task as it has to be broken up inside the septum and carefully blown out. It is important that the dust does not enter the house and it may be necessary to leave the property during such removal.

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