Thermal insulation for walls is a fantastic DIY solution for homes were there are rooms that suffer from excessive cold or mould and condensation. As well as looking unsightly, mould and condensation can ruin internal décor and is not a great environment for those with respiratory problems. On top of this nobody enjoys cold rooms so a DIY fix for this is can help create a more comfortable home environment.
Better thermal performance in a room can help reduce your energy bills, which is a great factor to consider particularly as we are continuing to see the cost of living increase and it becomes more expensive to heat a home.
There are a few different solutions available for the DIY enthusiast, which includes thermal insulation tiles, insulating lining paper and thermal liners. For this post we are going to focus on thermal liners as they are a great product for those familiar with putting up wallpaper in their home.
Our top tip - As thermal liners are much thicker than most standard wallpapers one requires a set of sharp decorating blades as they get blunt quickly.
A thermal Liner is a type of thermal insulation which is applied in a similar fashion as normal wallpapers. The relatively easy application and the thermal properties have made the thermal liners a very popular product in recent years. Although application is similar to that of normal wallpaper, the main difference is that you paste the walls with the specially developed adhesive paste and apply the liner onto it instead of pasting the liner and then hanging it on the wall – this is actually an easier solution and can help you avoid getting wrapped up in a sticky liner!
One example of these thermal liners is the Wallrock thermal liner; this product is made of very dense thermal insulation material on one side and a flat liner on the other side.
Decorating tip – the flat liner side means you can paint directly onto the thermal liner once it’s on the wall - this is a great advantage for home decorators! The flat surface will give a great finish.
Currently, there are two types of Wallrock liner available; the standard Wallrock Thermal Liner - it’s 3.2 mm thick and comes in rolls that are 10m long and 75cm wide - and the Wallrock KV600 Thermal Liner. At 4mm thick, the KV600 liner is 25% thicker than the standard thermal. It comes in rolls that are 15 m long and 1 m wide. With greater thickness comes greater thermal performance (sounds like something from Spiderman – with great power comes great responsibility!).
Our top tip – For wider liners (like the KV600) get help hanging the liner due to the extra width!
As well as rigorous testing, these thermal liners have received excellent feedback from the customers – surely this is better than any test – in my opinion customer feedback beats manufacturer words every time!!
It’s best to use the thermal liner where the walls have no cavities or there’s a problem with the condensation in the room. The two problems typically go hand in hand anyway. Cold rooms can lead to mould growth, which if left unchecked can develop into other problems.
This blog is all about turning a house into your home and thermal insulation can help create a more pleasant living environment, a warmer room and tackle condensation and mould problems – seems like a great idea to me!