Do you live in a pebble dashed terraced property in Epsom and would like to get rid of that tired render? Or you perhaps reside in a cold and draughty Victorian detached house in Dorking, and you always wondered what it would feel like when it is warm, cosy and energy efficient?
The answer to this could well be external solid wall insulation.
If you live in the Surrey area (Woking, Guildford, Epsom and so forth), your local councils have come together and are now offering up to £5,000 in grant money for solid wall insulation via a scheme called Streets Ahead. This is a great chance to take advantage of all the benefits of insulating your solid brick walls, but at a fraction of the cost of insulating privately.
Solid Wall Insulation in Surrey
Insulating your solid brick walls externally will revolutionise the thermal performance of your home. You will take a wall that is completely exposed to the elements and wrap it in 100mm of insulating material, which will bring the wall up to the same sort of insulating performance as a new build. A typical home will see savings of around 30% to 40% on their bills – that is a pretty hefty amount of cash over the years.
The process of installation is fairly straight forward, but can be expensive. A typical cost might be around £100 per square meter of wall, so a semi detached house could easily cost £10,000 or more to insulate – but obviously you would get £5,000 off the price, and you would never have to pay that money back. The savings however could be huge and the comfort and protection the insulation and render provide revolutionise the feel of the home.
External Solid Wall Insulation is Transformational!
A tired looking property on the left (flaky pebble dash) – an insulated and transformed property on the right.
How can you get into the scheme?
First question obviously is: do I reside in any of the following council areas?
- Elmbridge Borough Council
- Epsom and Ewell Borough Council
- Guildford Borough Council
- Mole Valley District Council
- Reigate and Banstead Borough Council
- Runnymede Borough Council
- Spelthorne Borough Council
- Surrey Heath Borough Council
- Tandridge District Council
- Waverley Borough Council
- Woking Borough Council
What do I do next…
All you need to do is give us a call and we can arrange a quote for you and take you through the next steps toward getting your grant money. It is really easy to get on board because there are no stipulations based on your income or your benefits status. Anyone is eligible for the scheme as long as you have old solid brick walls.
How do I know if I have solid brick walls?
Generally speaking, if your property was built pre-World War 2, then chances are that is has solid brick construction. If the property has no render then you can also check for this by looking at the brick pattern outside. The pattern on the right shows a typical solid wall, whereas the pattern on the left is for a typical cavity wall, which would fall outside the scope of this scheme.
How much grant money do I get compared with GDHIF?
As you may be aware, there is a national government scheme called the ‘Green Deal Home Improvement Fund’ or GDHIF. In the last round of funding (March 2015) this paid out £3,750 worth of grant money for the works or up to 67% of the cost – so it was quite generous. The Streets Ahead grant covers any works up to £5,000 and there is no contribution required from you unless the total cost is greater than this £5,000 cap. So you can potentially get £5,000 of work done for nothing! This makes the Streets Ahead scheme a better option for those living in the Surrey area.
There is no catch, and this money needs to be spent, so don’t hang around, call us and arrange a quote now before the funding is gone – it needs to be allocated by September, and it could run out before then.
Solid wall insulation sounds great, but I am still unsure whether I want to proceed?
The good news is that our office is open Monday to Saturday and we have lots of examples of how solid wall insulation looks and feels. You can simply call us and book an appointment and actually see how the walls can be finished and/ or speak to one of our friendly team who will be able to answer all your concerns over a cup of tea. We are not too far away either, just off the M4, near the Chiswick flyover and 5mins from Kew Bridge.
You can contact us on 0208 144 0897 or fill out the form below to book a free quote.