Landlords Tax Incentive

The Landlords Energy Saving Tax Allowance scheme has been extended until 2015 and now includes individual allowances for HMO’s or Houses of Multiple Occupancy instead of just one allowance per property.

Insulation Tax Relief  Multiplier

For any insulation work supplied and fitted by a contractor all Landlords can now claim up to £1500 per individual let room . So,if you have a property sub let to 6 tenants such as students then you can claim up to £9000 tax relief for work carried out to the 6 rooms.

As an example if four rooms abut an end gable wall then the Landlord can claim tax relief of £6000 if the wall has an external insulation system fitted that covers each of the four individual rooms !

In addition there is also a reduced rate of 5% vat on insulation systems so making the possibility of solid wall insulation even more attractive. Plus , the value of the property is also enhanced as a result of the lower running costs for heating and decorating.

A genuine win/win for all concerned. More details on the tax breaks can be found at the Direct Gov website


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Invisible Insulation

Clear coating invisible insulation is the solution for those home-owners who want to keep their walls dry and free from penetrating rain but do not want a coloured paint or rendered finish.


Invisible Clear Coat Insulation!!

For those of you with original brick or stone facades that you wish to preserve we can also apply a clear insulating coating that dries to an invisible finish. This clear coat can also be used in conjuction with a thermal insulating board system for example where it is important to keep the brick or stone on the front elevation but the sides and rear can be fitted with an insulated render system.

Invisible Insulation

The clear coat insulation can be spray or roller applied and works by seeping into the first few millimetres of the surface where it acts like a breathable membrane to let moisture out but stops water getting into the wall. Recent Research at the University of Portsmouth has demonstrated a 29% reduction in heat loss as the now dry bricks retain far more of their insulation ability than a wet brick does . In effect the thermal cladding effect of solid bricks is not diminished by penetrating rain and a drier wall is a warmer wall.

Available also as a supply only product we can provide a milky white clear coating that dries to an invisible finish but has a milky white appearance so during application it is easy to see where you have missed any sections.


For Brick & Stone Clear Insulation Call 0800 975 5231

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insulated render systemExternal Insulated Render Systems

is a term used to describe a combination of external rendering and an insulation cladding.

Instead of trowelling on a sand and cement render directly to the brickwork you first attach a thermal layer of cladding to the outside wall surface by affixing with a powerful adhesive and then drilling and pinning the thermal cladding to the underlying wall .


 How New Is Insulated Rendering ?

In the UK external thermal rendering has been around for about twenty years in any great volume. But using external insulated render has been standard practice across Germany for over 5 decades as they prefer to build solid wall homes and fit an external insulated render system to obtain U values far superior to those achieved in the UK.


Grant Funded Insulation Rendering

Depending upon funds being available solid wall homes needing insulated render may qualify for grant funding under the Green Deal Scheme. The application and production of insulated render systems is closely monitored under the Building Regulations to ensure best practice is followed and in the majority of cases a home-owner will need to file a Building Notice with their Council as part of the Green Deal process.


 Can Insulating Render Cut Heat Loss ?

heat savingExternal insulated render systems for solid walls are independently tested & examined by Building Control Inspectors to ensure they insulate the walls properly and effectively. Turn down the thermostat and start saving around 35% of your heating bills say the Energy Saving Trust.

In fact, 90mm of the leading exterior insulation board – Graphite Enhanced EPS – has approximately the same insulation effect as a 4.5 feet thick brick wall! As most walls that need an external insulated render tend to be around 9 inches thick you can see the enormous difference an exterior insulating render system will have on your home.

For those keen to maximise thermal efficiency in their homes you can go up to 200mm of external insulation cladding as long as there is sufficient ventilation within the home to allow moisture to escape the home at the appropriate rate to avoid excess humidity.


Do Insulating Render Systems Vary?

YES. There is a lot of choice in the type of thermal cladding used, the finished look of the rendering itself and also a very wide colour choice.In other words there really is something to suit every home and a lot of scope to dramatically alter the appearance of your home when using an external insulated render.


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Thermal Rendering For Solid walls

External thermal rendering systems

are now becoming increasingly popular with owners of solid wall homes who appreciate the extra warmth, drier living environment and lower heating bills that result from having a professionally installed thermal render system. We have also seen a small increase in thermal rendering enquiries from home-owners who have house walls with too small a cavity to insulate.

What is External Thermal Rendering?

thermal render cuts heat lossAt one time thermal render only really meant a cement based external render that contained  polystyrene balls to add a degree of insulation to the cold outside walls. However, times change and the UK has now adopted tried and tested external thermal insulation systems that have been in use in Europe for over 50 years !

This exterior thermal plastering is comprised of a typically 50mm minimum external insulation board with very high insulation values and a specialist through coloured synthetic render which goes on top of the insulation cladding to provide both weather protection and also a decorative finish.


How Effective is Thermal Render ?

thermal rendering RegsThermal rendering systems are designed to  improve the thermal efficiency of a wall by at least 75%. By comparison a standard sand and cement render would increase the thermal performance by around 5%.

External thermal rendering effectively wraps the outside walls in a thick warm blanket that results in far greater heat retention within the house. Insulation effectveness is measured is by a U value calculation and a 9 inch solid wall is taken as being 2.1.

Under Building Regulations L1B an existing solid wall house has to try and hit 0.3 U value  ( a massive 80%+ thermal increase from 2.1 U value) when being thermally rendered  and a 60mm external thermal rendering board would do this.

How Expensive is  External Thermal Rendering ?

value for money renderingIn most cases it is not as expensive as you may think but we offer a free two stage quotation service comprising an initial budgetary figure over the phone or by email, followed by a home survey quotation if the budget figure for thermal rendering is acceptable.

Plus of course we may be able to claim a Grant to offset some of the thermal rendering cost.

Freephone 0500 300 407 or click EXTERNAL  THERMAL RENDERING or FREE QUOTES


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Damp Walls & Exterior Insulation

When it comes to dealing with dampness  in solid wall homes an investigation should first be made into the underlying cause. If the root cause is either penetrating dampness through porous wall surfaces or condensation damp then an external thermal cladding can be used to clear the problem with the below caveats . If the problem is rising damp then a Damp Proof Injection Course will be needed before any exterior cladding is applied.

Breathable External Insulation

Once the reason for the damp in the walls has been identified then if exterior insulation is appropriate the trick is to use a water vapour permeable insulation board and in this case either a mineral wool or phenolic board is most suited with an EPS polystyrene board being discounted.

Having removed any wet render or paint from the wall and allowed the walls to dry out for a short period the insulation cladding can be affixed without fear of trapping any moisture in the walls.

The insulation and the render coating are both microporous so will stop any more water penetrating into the underlying wall whilst allowing the dampness within the wall to escape naturally to the outside.

If the walls are cavity built and there is a pentrating damp problem then a specialist  wall tie inspection firm should be called in to insert cameras into the cavity and see why the water is tracking across the cavity. This should be done before spending your hard earned money on external wall coating systems to solve what could be a structural problem.

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British Gas Extend Insulation Grants

Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the……

Until 1st May 2011 any duel fuel British Gas customer can now apply for completely free loft and cavity wall insulation. Until recently the only people who received free insulation grants under the C.E.R.T carbon reduction scheme were those over 65 and those in receipt of certain benefit payments.

For a short time only the 100% subsidy has been extended to all customers regardless of age or income, so if you were considering topping up your loft insulation to 300mm deep or having your cavity walls filled, then there has never been a better time.

Remember also that a typical loft insulation will save around £140 per year in heating bills and cavity wall insulation will save at least another £200 on an average 3 bed home. As your home will need to be surveyed before any insulation is fitted it pays to get in early to guarantee you will meet the May 1st deadline.

Remember that when having cavity wall insulation the outside walls are drilled so if you have painted bricks or a render finish then you will need to touch up these sections to maintain the appearance. Again, if the exterior needs painting anyway you may also want to take advantage of our fantastic exterior wall coatings and forget about having to paint the walls every 4 to 5  years.

Is Solid Wall Insulation also covered ?

Yes you can still claim the loft insulation but obviously not the cavity injections. However you may be eligible for a small grant towards the costs of external wall insulation on the whole house or just particularly cold walls.

Alternatively, you may want to consider energy saving thermal wall paper, especially if you are going to be redecorating in the near future. This German invention is incredibly effective and is designed for DIY use , making it even more affordable.


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Reflective Heat Saving

As the famous nursery saying goes:

Mirror , Mirror on the Wall………

Mirror or reflective technology is now being incorporated into internal wall papers and lining papers as an alternative to fitting intrusive internal insulation and studded walls.

The idea is to retain heat within the room by reflecting it back as it tries to escape through the walls. Whereas dry lining relies on slowing the rate at which heat escapes reflective technology relies on bouncing heat back into the room and so is far superior in performance.

In fact 4mm of reflective lining thermal wallpaper has the same insulation effect as 68mm of brick or 210mm of concrete !

Global Warming Provides the Answers !!

The crucial importance in reducing carbon in the atmosphere is because thermal heat radiation cannot pass through carbon. Although carbon only accounts for less than 1% of the atmospheres gases it is enough to ensure that heat is  reflected back to earth instead of escaping to outer space. Hence the term global warming.

Taking the effect of carbon and how it encourages warming scientists have replicated the effect by using graphite particles mixed in with a 4mm polystyrene backing to the lining paper. This  means the polystyrene balls behind the backing paper now act as tiny mirrors and reflect radiated heat back into the room instead of it all passing through the paper into the wall and then to percolate outside.

Very cleverly your walls still look like normal papered or painted walls but hidden from view in the body of the lining paper is the mirror technology which ensures the rooms stay warmer for longer and also stay dry as they will prevent any condensation from forming on the wall surface.

The difference in room and wall temperature is immediate and can be felt when you put your hand on the wall. Where once it was very cold to the touch, even with the heating on, it now feels warm thanks to the reflective technology in the paper.

We are approved suppliers of insulating lining papers for DIY use so please contact us with any questions you may have.

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Internal Wall Insulation

Internal Wall Insulation

Thermal Lining Paper

Internal thermal insulation lining paper represents a huge turn key development in cutting heat loss in solid walls where external insulation cladding is either not affordable or is unsuitable for the aesthetics of the house. German in design and manufacture these latest amazing heat saving wall papers really do make an incredible difference to both the room temperature and the amount of energy used.

From tests carried out in Germany the insulating wall liners consistently heated a cold room to 21 degrees in about 75% less time than the same wall with no thermal lining !


Heat Savings from Thermal Lin ing Paper

Warmer in a quarter of the time

Insulating Wall Lining Paper – How it works

The German manufacturers  – Erfurt-MAV- have over 100 years experience and expertise in lining papers and insulation within the aerospace and automobile industries. They have used this wealth of knowledge to invent a thick wall lining paper that has an incredibly efficient 3.5mm insulation layer adhered to the reverse of the lining paper. The insulation results in a far slower and smaller rate of heat leakage through solid walls with more heat retained for longer in the room.

The clever technology gives us a highly efficient layer of insulation coupled with a very high quality lining wall paper that simply needs painting or wall papering in the usual way. It also comes in 750mm widths against a normal paper width of 550mm so covers the walls with less drops of paper. Finally it is easier than wall paper to hang as the walls are pasted with a special adhesive and with no pattern match there is no wastage.


What makes insulation wall liners so attractive

* Quicker room warm up means less energy is wasted

* Heating times can be shortened

* Thermostats can be turned down and every 1 degree saves around 10% of fuel costs

* No more condenstaion as walls are too warm for dew point to be reached

* Can cover small cracks and uneven surfaces so saves re-plastering

* Easy DIY application

* Equally effective on ceilings as it is on solid walls


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Exterior Insulation or Wall Coatings ?

Exterior Insulation in Solid Wall Homes

wethertex insulation systemIn certain instances exterior wall insulation must be retro-fitted to solid uninsulated walls or those with too small a cavity to inject into. This is under Building Regs L1B and has very few exemptions. The main ones being to insulate internally by dry lining when rendering the outside or to use an external wall coating or house paint if you are simply re-decorating the outside walls.

We offer free home survey assessments and quotations to determine if your home needs an exterior wall insulation system and can also obtain grant funding to help towards the costs.

Freephone 0500 300 407 or click EXTERIOR WALL INSULATION ADVICE & QUOTES 

Cavity Wall Homes & External Insulation

If your home already has insulated cavities and you wish to replace or install a render system then there is no requirement to retro-fit exterior insulation as part of the work.

options for cavity wallsThat said, there is nothing to prevent you having an exterior insulated render if considerable remedial work is required to the masonry.In this case the thermal cladding must be breathable to avoid sealing the cavity-filled wall.

From an aesthetics point of view the thickness of the external cladding would not need to be as great as on a solid wall, so the likes of window sills and drain pipes would not need modifying.

So, if you are looking into having  a new external tyrolean or pebble dash render with a masonry paint finish then it may well be a very attractive and affordable option to have an exterior insulation system built into the new work.


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Insulation Payback Times – WHY OH WHY ??


Once upon a time a home-owner , Mr Jones, decided to have some home improvements . He called in the double glazing company, picked his new energy efficient windows ,asked the price and then agreed a start date.

Happy with his new windows he then called several local roofing contractors to sort out the cold and leaky roof. He asked about different tiles, made his choice, then after asking the price agreed a start date.

For his final home improvement project Mr Jones called the external wall insulation company to discuss replacing the tired and cracked pebble dash with an insulating render system. He asked about different finishes, made his choice and asked the price. He then asked the insulation expert

” Tell me, before I decide to place an order, how long is the payback period ? “


Why is it so important  to Mr Jones ?

The insulation man replied  ” That is a really interesting question and before I answer  Mr Jones, can I ask you a few questions to help me understand why you ask ? “

” Tell me, what is the payback period for your new windows and roof and why is an investment in your home through insulation different from new windows, a new roof or a new kitchen ? “


As you will have probably worked out Mr Jones had no logical answer because there really isn’t one and yet people are continually told to only take action if the initial cost is returned in enrgy savings in a reasonable length of time.

Imagine if the same logic was applied to cars . No-one would ever buy a car again ! Drive it away and lose 20% in vat costs and after 3 years it has lost half its value .



Forget paybacks and rates of return . If your home is cold, damp, leaking heat or needs an existing cladding renewed then the only considerations should be the affordability and suitability of the work.


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