Loft Insulation Grants
Loft Insulation Grants are available to completely cover the cost of having Loft Insulation professionally installed. If you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit, you should be entitled to a 100% FREE grant that does not need to be paid back.
Even if you don’t qualify for a 100% grant, we can still put you in touch with an approved local installer who can carry out a free survey and provide you with a quote. Loft Insulation normally costs around £300 to £500.
The grants are part of the Government’s Green Deal and Energy Companies Obligation (ECO). The main Energy Suppliers such as British Gas, NPower, E-ON, etc. are obliged by the Government to pay for Insulation in domestic properties.
As energy bills continue to rise, Loft Insulation remains a cost-effective way to make savings of up to £150 per year on your heating bills by preventing up to 25% of your home’s heat from escaping through the roof.
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Who qualifies for Loft Insulation Grants?
100% Loft Insulation grants can be claimed by anyone receiving one of the following benefits:
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Child Benefit *
- Child Tax Credit
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-Related Employment Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Universal Credit
- War Pensions Mobility Supplement
- Working Tax Credit
* Combined annual household income limits apply. See our who qualifies page for more details.
To claim a Loft Insulation Grant you must own or privately rent your property and it must be occupied at the time of survey. Social housing tenants should contact their Council or Housing Association because they organise their own schemes. If you own 50% or more of a Housing Association property, you can apply for a grant.
Note that there must be 100mm or less of insulation already installed to claim a grant. If there is more than 100mm, we can arrange a free, no-obligation survey and quote to have the insulation topped up.
Tanks and pipework are lagged as part of the scheme, in addition to fitting draught excluders around the hatch and a walk-way to any tanks that are further than 1m from the hatch.
Note that the insulation must cover 60% or more of the property. Extensions do not normally qualify for grant funding for this reason but we can arrange a free, no-obligation survey and quote.
What is Loft Insulation?
Loft Insulation available on the current grant schemes is made from mineral wool (glass fibre). It is rolled out on the floor of the loft, in between and then across the joists. It works like a blanket by trapping the rising heat in your home.
It is also a little known fact that Loft Insulation will help to keep your home cooler in the Summer months, by preventing heat coming in through the roof.
The recommended depth for Loft Insulation is 11 inches or 270mm. If your loft is insulated, but hasn’t been topped up in the past 15 years, it will most likely benefit from having more installed.
Loft Insulation Grants also cover the cost of insulating and draught proofing the hatch, lagging any pipework and fitting a walk-board if there is a water tank situated more than 1m (3 feet) away from the hatch.
Is my property suitable for Loft Insulation?
It is estimated that 42% of UK households with traditional lofts can still benefit from having Loft Insulation installed.
To qualify for free Loft Insulation, your property must have less than 100mm (4″) of Insulation already installed. The insulation will be topped up to a recommended depth of 270mm/11″.
The other main points to consider are that the Loft Insulation will be installed on the floor of the loft, so it must not have any stored items or be boarded out. The loft must also be easy to access and have enough headroom for Installers to work.
You will NOT be able to have Loft Insulation installed if:
- Too much insulation is already fitted. Most homes with 100mm (4″) or less should qualify.
- There is no access, or the hatch is too small. Hatch size should be 400mm/16″ square.
- There is less than 4 feet/1.2m of headroom from the joists to the peak of the roof.
- There are a large amount of stored items and you are not prepared to clear them.
- The loft is boarded and you are not prepared to lift the boards. 20% boarding is allowed.
- There is any damp present. Any damp problems must be cured and dried before applying.
- You would like sloping roof (under the tiles), flat roof or under-floor Insulation.
- You intend to install Loft Insulation yourself. Our Grants do not cover DIY projects.
- You require a special type of Loft Insulation, such as sheep’s wool.
Loft Insulation FAQs
How long does Loft Insulation take to install?
An averaged size loft will take an hour, to an hour and a half to insulate.
How can I tell if my loft already has too much Insulation?
If the Insulation is level with or below the joists on the floor of the loft (i.e. 4 inches or less) you are likely to qualify for a grant to top up the Insulation.
What if my loft is boarded?
A small amount of boarding is allowed, but if there is more than 20% you will need to have the boards lifted before the work is carried out. Our approved Installers are not insured to do this. If you intend on replacing the boards, the joists will have to be raised with blocks due to the extra thickness of the Insulation. Again, unfortunately our Installers cannot help with this.
What if I have damp in my loft?
The cause of the damp will have to be rectified and the loft must be dried out before you can apply for a Loft Insulation Grant. Common causes of damp in lofts include damaged tiles and poor ventilation.
My hatch is too small. Can you still install Insulation?
The loft hatch must be 400mm/16″ square. Some of our Installers can enlarge the loft hatch or a builder may be able to organise this for you.
Can you install Loft Insulation if I have a lot of stored items?
Installers can work around a few items, but if there is too much the surveyor may advise you to remove them. Our Installers will not be able to do this.
Do Loft Insulation Grants cover the sloping part of the roof?
No. This Grant scheme only covers Insulation rolled out in blankets on the floor of the loft, between and then across the joists. However, we are able to help with grants for Room in Roof Insulation.
What if I don’t want mineral wool (glass fibre) Insulation?
Unfortunately, the Grant scheme does not cover other types of Insulation such as sheep’s wool, recycled materials, etc. Mineral Wool is a natural product made from sand, which fits in with the natural fabric of the building i.e. the bricks and mortar.
Does Loft Insulation have any health risks?
Once the Insulation is installed, the loft hatch is draught proofed so it is effectively sealed. It is not advisable to go into the loft after the Insulation is installed if you have any respiratory problems.
Can I get a Grant to do the work myself?
No. ECO Grants are only for Loft Insulation supplied and fitted by EnergyLink’s approved Loft Insulation Installers. DIY stores occasionally sell rolls of insulation that are subsidised by the same or similar grant schemes.
Is there a guarantee?
It is not currently mandatory for guarantees to be issued but installers have the option of putting a two year financial protection mechanism in place. They are issued by organisations including GDGC and CIGA. Loft insulation guarantees may become compulsory during 2021.
How much can Loft Insulation save?
Loft Insulation will prevent up to 25% of the heat in your home from escaping through the roof and will save you up to £150 per year on your energy bills, as your heating can be turned on less often and for shorter periods.
As less fossil fuel is being burned, Loft Insulation will also substantially reduce Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 800kg per year and help to protect the environment.
Savings figures are based on Energy Saving Trust estimates for a semi-detached property heated by gas.
How can EnergyLink help?
Our online form will calculate whether you are likely to qualify for free loft insulation grants. If you wish to arrange a free survey, you can enter your contact details. An approved Installer in your local area will then telephone you to arrange a convenient date and time.
The surveyor will make sure that your property is suitable and will confirm your entitlement to a grant. If you are happy to go ahead, they will arrange a date and time with you. Following the installation, if the work is grant-funded, the Installer will claim the grant amount on your behalf from an Energy Supplier or one of their agents.
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