Residential insulation grants are likely to be canceled in the half way if you do not check out these problems that your house might have -
1. Presence of asbestos in the loft area - Your application for insulation grants can be negated if the loft space in your house has any signs of asbestos. The best way to confirm the presence of asbestos is to consult with your local Environment Department and get it removed by experts.
2. Dampness or smell of moisture in the loft - Another thing you must check out in the loft space is a leaking pipe or roof. If you find no signs of these, check out the ventilation of the roof area. The properties with a gable roof are entitled with an extra £45 for adding vents to the property.
3. Thickness of Roof Insulation Grantsexisting insulation - Most of the older buildings built during the 1980s are made with 100mm of thickness of insulation. If the existing thickness is found to exceed 100mm, then you need to shift some of the insulation to other areas to qualify for insulation grants. For example, you have checked four areas in the loft for insulation. If two areas have no insulation and one has 200mm and the rest one has 100mm thick insulation, you need to divide total thickness of insulation (i.e., 100+200 = 300mm) by 4 to measure average thickness. If it is less than 100mm, it is legally qualified for insulation grants.
4. Birds in the loft - If your loft space has a bird's nest, it must be removed and the space should be sealed to prevent further formation of nests in future and then the loft is eligible according to the guidelines of obtaining insulation grants.
5. Rotten timber in the attic - At last, check if the timber in the loft is wet or dry or whether it is being eaten by worms or beetles. This is a serious concern and must be tackled with the help of professionals.
These five things are important to be checked out by homeowners to ensure their property conforms to the set of rules to obtain insulation grants.