Just like bricks and mortar homes need insulating, park homes also require some ‘padding’ to preserve warmth in the winter and keep cool in the summer.
Park home insulation is important for temperature regulation and energy conservation, the latter of which has arguably never been more important in light of the cost of living.
This article will answer your park home insulation questions.
Table of contents
1. Can you insulate a park home?
2. What is the best way to insulate a park home?
3. Wall insulation vs loft insulation
4. Internal and external park home insulation
5. How much does it cost to insulate a park home?
6. The benefits of park home insulation
Yes—you can, of course, insulate a park home, and there are several different types of park home insulation to choose from. The most common are:
Fibreglass park home insulation consists of fine glass fibres woven together and usually laid out in rolls. Fibreglass is cheap and easy to install, which makes it one of the most common types of park home insulation.
Spray foam insulation
Foam insulation is normally sprayed directly onto walls, floors or ceilings to provide a layer of insulation. This type of insulation is a good way of reaching difficult areas and can help prevent air leaks and excess moisture build-ups.
Cellulose insulation is made from recycled paper and treated with fire-retardant chemicals. This can be a good one to use for small, tight spaces. It’s also an eco-friendlier choice than some of the others.
Reflective foil insulation
Foil insulation consists of a layer of aluminium foil sandwiched between two layers of plastic.
Rigid foam insulation
Rigid foam, as opposed to spray foam, comes in panels or boards and is usually made from either polystyrene or polyurethane foam—both of which are super-lightweight but durable.
If you’re unsure what type of park home insulation you need, you can arrange for a professional insulation contractor to come and assess your property and give advice.
How you insulate your park home is entirely up to you, and as we’ve already discussed, there are several insulation options available for you to choose from.
Every park home is different and will require different levels of attention when it comes to insulation. More often than not, your choice of insulation will boil down to budget, too, as some types are cheaper than others to install.
Wall and loft insulation serve slightly different purposes.
Wall insulation is installed inside the walls of your home to reduce heat loss through said walls. Wall insulation can also help reduce noise transition between rooms.
Roof or loft insulation is typically installed in the ceiling or attic area to reduce heat loss through the roof of the property. Loft insulation can also help keep your home cooler during the summer as it helps to prevent heat ‘gain’ through the roof.
Park home insulation can be internal (i.e. inside the property) or external.
External insulation is applied to the exterior walls of the property, usually by fixing insulation panels and covering them with an extra protective layer, such as cladding or render.
Internal insulation involves adding insulation to the inside of the walls before covering them with plasterboard (most of the time).
Internal insulation is usually the cheaper option of the two, but external insulation often provides better quality insulation. Of course, your final decision may be determined by budget, but you should read up on the pros and cons of each before choosing your park home insulation.
The cost of park home insulation depends on multiple factors—such as what type of insulation you have, how much you have, and where you have it.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to pricing, and we couldn’t put a set figure on it here—you are much better off getting a bespoke quote for your park home. However, data from the Eco Experts suggests that insulation typically costs between £1,400 and £10,000, depending on what you have.
Cavity wall insulation is often the most expensive type of insulation. For context—the Energy Saving Trust estimates the average cost of external wall insulation to be £14,000 for a three-bedroom, semi-detached house. These costs could rise to £20,000 for detached homes.
However, good quality roof or loft insulation can be installed for as little as £500 in smaller properties.
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Park home insulation has heaps of benefits, including:
Lower energy costs
One of the largest benefits of insulating your home is the reduced amount of energy you’ll use. Having proper insulation in your home could shave as much as £300 off your annual energy bill.
Insulation will help to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, meaning you’ll be comfortable all year round.
Wall insulation won’t block out all noise, but it’ll help make your home a bit quieter, at least.
Good environmental impact
The less energy you use, the lesser your environmental impact. As well as improving your home’s energy performance, park home insulation helps you manage your own carbon footprint.
Increased property resale value
Insulation is a big plus when it comes to selling your park home further down the line. Advertising quality insulation and low running costs to prospective buyers is a good selling point.
Park home insulation may not be the most ‘glamourous’ of topics or purchases, but you’ll thank yourself in the future for taking the time to sort it. Similarly, making sure you have the right park home insurance in place will also give you peace of mind and protection should the unexpected happen.
At Ripe, we arrange bespoke park home insurance that covers your property, including fixtures and fittings, up to the value of £500,000 and your contents up to £75,000.