Is Fibreglass Loft Insulation Illegal?

Tuesday 20th February 2024

Joanna Grimbley-Smith

No comments, yet!

Someone holding fibreglass insulation CONTENTS

Fibreglass loft insulation is not illegal in the UK. It is one of the most commonly used materials for insulating homes thanks to its effective thermal performance and cost-efficiency. While the rules governing construction and insulating materials emphasise safety and ecological considerations, they do not necessarily prohibit particular compounds outright.

It is crucial for homeowners and contractors to adhere to safe handling practices during installation because improper handling can pose health risks. Protective gear should always be worn to prevent irritation or the more serious health issues associated with fibreglass.

Here at ICE Thermal, we offer our loft insulation installation services nationwide. Our insulation installers have access to a wide range of top quality insulation materials, and can reduce heat loss in your home by up to 25%.

Keep reading to learn more about fibreglass and fibreglass insulation's dangers. 

What is fibreglass?

Fibreglass, known for its robust insulation properties, consists of extremely fine glass fibres. This material has become a staple in building construction and renovation projects due to its effectiveness in reducing energy costs by maintaining temperature control within structures.

The process of making fibreglass involves melting glass and spinning it into microscopic strands. Subsequently, these microscopic threads are interlaced to fabricate a substance that mimics the feel of sheep's fleece. As an insulator, these threads capture air pockets, decelerating the movement of warm air, cold air, and noise.

Fibreglass is a popular solution because of its adaptability - it easily integrates into different building sections from attics to basements, enhancing energy conservation and lowering monthly expenses. It can be installed in various parts of a building including lofts, walls, and floors. You can learn more about fibreglass here

The dangers of fibreglass

Fibreglass insulation poses dangers that homeowners should be aware of. The tiny glass fibres can become airborne and when they are inhaled or come in contact with the skin, may cause various health issues.

Respiratory issues

Inhalation of fibreglass particles can lead to irritation of the throat, nose, and eyes. For individuals exposed over a longer period, there is an increased risk of developing more severe, long-term respiratory conditions. Research indicates that individuals engaged in the manipulation of fibreglass tend to exhibit a heightened susceptibility towards serious respiratory problems, including bronchitis.

In light of these dangers, wearing safety gear like masks and eye protection is key when putting in or taking out such materials. Ensuring a good flow of air is vital to prevent fibreglass particles from lingering in the air within confined areas, too.

Skin irritation

Contact with fibreglass materials can cause dermatitis. This results from the tiny glass shards piercing the skin and causing itching, redness, and discomfort. Wearing protective clothing like gloves and long sleeves reduces direct exposure, thus minimising potential harm. For those who experience significant discomfort, you should speak to healthcare professionals immediately.

The pros and cons of fibreglass

The advantages of fibreglass insulation

  • It has high thermal resistance or R-value, making it very effective at insulating buildings
  • It is cost-effective compared to other materials on the market
  • It is a very adaptable material that can be used across different sections of a building's anatomy, ranging from the walls and ceilings to the foundational floors
  • Some manufacturers now produce eco-friendly options that contain recycled content

The disadvantages of fibreglass insulation

  • It can cause serious health issues if not handled correctly or disturbed
  • A lot of installers do not put in a sufficient amount of fibreglass so it may not be the most effective insulation
  • If it gets wet, such as from a leak in the roof, it will need to be replaced as mould can start to grow on it

What are the alternative loft insulation products?

Cellulose insulation

Crafted from repurposed paper goods, cellulose is an eco-friendly type of insulation that provides outstanding heat retention. Boric acid is added to enhance its resistance to fire and repel unwanted critters, elevating its protective qualities. Cellulose can be installed using wet or dry methods depending on the application area.

This material boasts a higher R-value per inch than fibreglass, meaning it insulates better by trapping air in smaller spaces. 

Mineral wool insulation

Sometimes referred to as rock wool or slag wool, mineral wool is made from basalt rock and steel industry slag. Fusing basalt rock with steel slag yields an insulation blend that offers fire resistance, and also excels in muffling noise and preserving warmth.

A significant advantage of mineral wool is its ability to retain heat while still allowing moisture to pass through, reducing risks associated with dampness such as mould growth within walls. Additionally, its dense structure makes it an ideal solution for high-temperature applications where other materials may fail.

Spray foam insulation

Spray foam offers unparalleled sealing capabilities due to its expansive nature upon application. It fills even the smallest gaps and cracks in your loft space which traditional batts might miss; this prevents drafts more effectively than many other forms of insulation.

The two main types—open-cell (softer) spray foam allows breathability for moisture control whereas closed-cell (denser) variants add structural strength along with higher resistance against water ingress. You can learn more about loft insulation and how it works in this blog

Contact our team today

Our operatives have 10+ years of experience installing insulation in domestic and commercial properties. They are available nationwide, 365 days a year, including bank holidays. 

Get in touch with our friendly team today on 020 3376 4802 or at [email protected] to learn more about our loft insulation installation services. We also offer a wide range of thermal and acoustic insulation services.

Comment
Zoe Dunning

Zoe Dunning

Sales Representative

Add to contacts

Speak with me today,
I’m here to help

By asking you a few questions either via phone or email I can immediately provide a realistic estimation of the cost.

You’re in good company. We’ve worked with the following commercial clients…

Customer reviews

Our happy customers have rated our service as
4.9 on Google.

View All Reviews

Sue Sullivan

Star Star Star Star Star

7 months ago

Ice did a brilliant job and I would highly recommend them. Reilly in the office booked everything in and was most helpful, and then Harry came and…

Read more

Posted on Google

John Hatswell

Star Star Star Star Star

8 months ago

We had a pressing need to address concerns regarding a clean up of a Trauma site. Ice Services and Zoe were responsive, informative and professional.…

Read more

Posted on Google

Eddie Mack

Star Star Star Star Star

9 months ago

I’ve used ICE Cleaning a few times and the service has been absolutely terrific. Paul Gimenez was incredibly helpful and dealt with everything…

Read more

Posted on Google

Martha Sparkes

Star Star Star Star Star

9 months ago

Power cleaned my external brick walls and look very good. They were punctual, hard working and respectful. I would recommend them with no hesitation.

Read more

Posted on Google

Simon Nicholson

Star Star Star Star Star

9 months ago

Booked ICE Cleaning at short notice to help with the clean-up of our outdoor Event Site in Central London. Whilst they were unable to assist with our…

Read more

Posted on Google

Kim Barnes

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

From start to finish, booking in with Jess in the office to Mark and Lee turning up for app 5-star service from start to finish..Quick turnaround…

Read more

Posted on Google

Mark Treasure

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

We recently used ICE Cleaning to assist with the cleaning of communal areas and flats following a fire in a service riser. I initially spoke with…

Read more

Posted on Google

Martin Haw

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

Very prompt, polite and professional service

Read more

Posted on Google

George C

Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

Very professional and the sales team are very helpful and easy to deal with. The job was carried out quickly and professionally and the site team…

Read more

Posted on Google

Derik Matheus

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

ICE Cleaning is a great company to work with! They have been cleaning our office for two years, and we are thrilled to have them as part of our team.

Read more

Posted on Google

Dannil Sourez

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

ICE Cleaning Solutions is a serious and responsible company that takes pride in their work.

Read more

Posted on Google

Sam Hart

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

Very impressed with ICE cleaning, really efficient and had good service. Dealt with my mould issue in my gym really well and couldn’t be…

Read more

Posted on Google

Luke Stockwell

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

We used ICE Cleaning at BT Sport for a Cage Warriors event in our studios. In previous years this event had caused multiple problems due to the risk…

Read more

Posted on Google

Danielle Baycanli

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

ICE cleaning cleaned the floors and carpets of our school to a very high standard. The team was friendly and efficient and we were very happy with…

Read more

Posted on Google

Emma Bryan

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

ICE cleaning completed a commercial clean for us. They were very professional, prompt, responsive and they event went back the next day to finish…

Read more

Posted on Google

Stuart Goodson

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

Zoe as the first point of contact was extremely helpful and efficient. The decontamination of toxic mercury from my mother’s garage was…

Read more

Posted on Google

Nick Barringer

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

I was dealt with very professionally from first contact through to completion. The people are pleasant and knowledgeable, the work was carried out…

Read more

Posted on Google

Jason Etherington

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

Fantastic service, the technician was very understanding and talked us through the process and was happy to answer any questions. Work was completed…

Read more

Posted on Google

Alison Bailey

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

On calling ICE following a spillage, I first came into contact with Zoe. At all times Zoe was courteous, calm and professional. I asked her to call…

Read more

Posted on Google

Elisabeth Underdown

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

We came back from holiday to see a massive mould problem in 2 of our rooms. We checked around but found this company to be best priced, most…

Read more

Posted on Google
Why choose us

Why choose us?

  • Cater to a wide variety of cleaning situations
  • Nationwide coverage, available 24/7
  • Cater to commercial and domestic clients
  • Free survey provided prior to quotation 
  • Emergency response team
  • Offer a bespoke service designed to suit all your needs 
  • All technicians hold professional health and safety qualifications, including BICSc, IOSH, Dewpoint Professional & Safe Contractor 

We’re fully accredited

We place best practise, professional expertise and health and safety at the core of our business. We’re fully compliant with all legal obligations. You can view a list of our accreditations below, or visit our Health & Safety page for more information.

CSCS
BICSc
IOSH
SafeContractor
Dewpoint® Professional Corporate Membership
IPAF
NACSC
0208 066 0360Open 24/7
Close

We use cookies

If you continue without changing your settings we'll assume you're happy to receive our cookies.
If you'd like to change this just update your browser settings. Find out more.

Okay. I got it.