A record number of us are choosing to turn the house we currently live in into our dream home rather than moving1. This is why if you are renovating or extending, making sure you look beyond the aesthetics and to things that truly improve your home in every way is important.
While we plan that picture-perfect paradise, we mustn’t forget that there are crucial elements that can make the space you create all the more comfortable and enjoyable in the long run – far beyond a splash of paint. If you’re facing the upheaval of renovating or extending your property, now’s the time to bite the bullet and get your house properly in order, starting with insulation.
Many of us think that insulation is just about keeping our homes warm, and our energy costs low. The reality is that getting the right insulation in place at the beginning of a project will make your home feel as good as it looks. That’s why renovators are turning to stone wool.
Here are five reasons why stone wool is the best insulation choice for your home.
1. Stone wool insulation makes your home comfortable all year
In addition to keeping your home cosy and warm during those dark winter months, the tiny pockets of air trapped within the physical structure of stone wool insulation will also help keep your home cool during the summer. Good quality insulation will help regulate the temperature in your home to provide optimum comfort all year round and help you to live healthier. Public Health England have acknowledged the impact temperatures in the home can have on health and wellbeing, particularly in the elderly and children2.
2. Stone wool is great for soundproofing
Good acoustics in a home are increasingly considered as a true mark of quality. Noisy neighbours, cars passing on the street or the general white noise of the modern world can be detrimental to our wellbeing. Stone wool insulation has excellent sound absorption properties, which will help to keep your home quieter, from the outside and within.
3. Keep running costs down
Stone wool insulation is proven to be extremely energy efficient and can reduce energy consumption by between 50 to 70 per cent. During their lifetime, quality stone wool insulation products typically save more than 100 times the primary energy and CO2 used to produce them. These savings could amount to a substantial amount of money year on year and lessen the impact of the rising costs of energy.
4. Stone wool is a good choice for fire safety
It’s important to consider what materials are being used in your renovation to ensure fire safety, as-well-as thermal and acoustic performance. ROCKWOOL insulation is completely non-combustible, which in simple terms means it will not burn – giving you added confidence in the safety of your home.
5. Stone wool is a sustainable option
In the interest of sustainability and the environment, many of us are more mindful of the origins of the products we use and their impact on the environment. Stone wool is produced from naturally occurring volcanic rock and is 97% recyclable.
So, when thinking about your next home renovation or extension project, take time to think about the whole environment you want to create, in look and in feel. Choose your feature wallpaper, fluffy rug and array of house plants, but remember stone wool insulation as a reliable and safe solution to creating a home that is comfortable to live in. For more advice on the benefits of using stone wool in your home, check out the ROCKWOOL seven strengths of stone.
ROCKWOOL – made of stone
Spun into wool from a sustainable supply of volcanic rock, stone wool insulation is made from a naturally abundant material that possesses outstanding fire, acoustic and thermal properties.
At ROCKWOOL we’ve been producing stone wool insulation for over 80 years – perfecting stone wool solutions that are essential to creating the ideal home environment.
Here are just some of the reasons why ROCKWOOL stone wool insulation is one of the best material investments you can make for your home.
1. Houzz & Home – UK (2018)
2. Public Health England - Minimum home temperature thresholds for health in winter – A systematic literature review (2014)