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I spotted this one at B&Q tonight and could hardly believe my eyes. This was at the Darnley Warehouse in Glasgow, I can't find it online and not sure if it's available in smaller stores.

The deal is for a pre-cut roll of mineral loft insulation for £10. These packs are unbranded in plain white plastic packaging and they had loads at the front of the store.

Each roll is is pre cut to allow for different joist spacing and has measurements of 1100mm x 4900mm x 200mm (5.4SqM).

Admittedly, everyone now qualifies for a grant to have loft insulation fitted, but even with the grant the price is usually around £200 and not exactly quickly installed (from personal experience). I think many people could get themselves sorted a lot quicker and cheaper by making use of this deal, although you will need to install it yourself!
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#1
It is a good offer but I wouldn't be able to lay it myself, I'm close to you would you come and do mine!?:thumbsup:
#2
Would be interested to know if this is in all stores....

@ Kymbers, anyone could lay this stuff, its easy to do.
#3
morpheus

@ Kymbers, anyone could lay this stuff, its easy to do.


Bit of a sweeping statement not everyone can climb a ladder for example.
#4
How good is 200mm thick compared to "better " brands?
#5
dunfiedoughball
How good is 200mm thick compared to "better " brands?


Personally I would not buy it as my sister bought it and it's not the easylay type so need to be fully protected.

This is NOT easy-lay type, so you would need to protect yourself from the asbestos by the way.

I believe this was on the going going gone sale B&Q did.
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dunfiedoughball
How good is 200mm thick compared to "better " brands?


The Energy Saving Trust recommends a thickness of standard loft insulation of 270mm, so a single layer of this insulation still wouldn't be ideal on its own. However used to top up existing insualtion or installing two layers of this insulation would definitely be more cost effective than "better" brands at achieving the end goal purely because of the price. To the best of my knowledge if you make use of a government grant it is mineral insulation very similar to this which will be used; and I'd have thought they were all fairly similar(?) in terms of their insulating capabilities for a given thickness.

I don't fully understand R-values and U-values however for those who do I'm sure from memory that this insulation had an R-value greater than 4.5.
#7
robimitchell
The Energy Saving Trust recommends a thickness of standard loft insulation of 270mm, so a single layer of this insulation still wouldn't be ideal on its own. However used to top up existing insualtion or installing two layers of this insulation would definitely be more cost effective than "better" brands at achieving the end goal purely because of the price. To the best of my knowledge if you make use of a government grant it is mineral insulation very similar to this which will be used; and I'd have thought they were all fairly similar(?) in terms of their insulating capabilities for a given thickness.

I don't fully understand R-values and U-values however for those who do I'm sure from memory that this insulation had an R-value greater than 4.5.


Thanks for the information:thumbsup:
#8
When i was in work last weekend B&Q loft insualtion was £9
#9
rash
Personally I would not buy it as my sister bought it and it's not the easylay type so need to be fully protected.

This is NOT easy-lay type, so you would need to protect yourself from the asbestos by the way.

I believe this was on the going going gone sale B&Q did.


Jesus no wonder it's so cheap if it's that asbestos stuff.:?
#10
i thought asbestos was no longer allowed?
#11
memnoch1976
i thought asbestos was no longer allowed?


lol dont worryt isnt asbestos think the guy means it doesnt have a cover over it therefore its the itchy type where mask and gloves will be needed to lay it
banned#12
this is below the recommended thickness so I would avoid. I did mine myself but would NEVER do it again. Its a nightmare. Go for the grant and it works out about the same price!
#13
It has long been advised that you should not lay insulation over electric wiring to avoid overheating and fire. Instaed the insulation should be fed underneath the wiring. But this is not really practical with the thickness of insualtion used today. I assume that evryone ignores this recommendation and gets away with it. Am I right?

Edit
I think I can answer my own question, taken from the National Insulation Association FAQ http://www.nationalinsulationassociation.org.uk/housholder/householder-nia.html?nib%20insulation%20home%20body=faq-loft.html
Q. I have electrical cables in loft. Will these be a hazard in anyway?

A. Apart from any cables feeding a shower unit they will not. A cable, which feeds a shower unit, is usually a 30amp. The installers will identify this and make sure this cable is not covered by the insulation by either laying the cable on top if there is enough flex or leaving a gap in the insulation around the cable to ensure it does not overheat.
banned#14
doberman;3334194
It has long been advised that you should not lay insulation over electric wiring to avoid overheating and fire. Instaed the insulation should be fed underneath the wiring. But this is not really practical with the thickness of insualtion used today. I assume that evryone ignores this recommendation and gets away with it. Am I right?

I just cut a V groove in the insulation and laid my wires in the groove so that they didnt compress the insulation and were still ventilated.

BTW, you should NOT lay insulation fully out to the eaves (edge of roof) as this restricts airflow and encourages damp / rot in your roof void. Go to about 18 inches from the edges
#15
morpheus
Would be interested to know if this is in all stores....

@ Kymbers, anyone could lay this stuff, its easy to do.



Hmmm, I'm not sure anyone could lay it! I can't!! Due to ill health I could not climb the ladder and get in the loft, never mind have the ability to do anything if I got there!!

I laugh at the posts on how best to lay this stuff, I got mine laid in a previous property through a grant and they literally just threw it down! No going under wires they just lay it on top of everything in there which p***** me off as they lay it on TOP of the boards I had put down for storing stuff!:x
banned#16
Kymbers;3334444
Hmmm, I'm not sure anyone could lay it! I can't!! Due to ill health I could not climb the ladder and get in the loft, never mind have the ability to do anything if I got there!!

I laugh at the posts on how best to lay this stuff, I got mine laid in a previous property through a grant and they literally just threw it down! No going under wires they just lay it on top of everything in there which p***** me off as they lay it on TOP of the boards I had put down for storing stuff!:x

You should have reported them then as they have created a fire hazard and broken building regs. If you have it dones on a grant, ensure you are happy with the work before signing anything.
#17
Supalynz;3333537
Jesus no wonder it's so cheap if it's that asbestos stuff.:?


There are different types of asbestos, brown, white and blue are the most common, some of them are stilll considered relatively safe and thus are still used. A mate of mine died this year from mesothelioma which is a nasty way to go, he could never work out when he was in contact with asbestos.
#18
Kymbers

I laugh at the posts on how best to lay this stuff, I got mine laid in a previous property through a grant and they literally just threw it down! No going under wires they just lay it on top of everything in there which p***** me off as they lay it on TOP of the boards I had put down for storing stuff!:x


If this is typical, maybe this is a good reason for DIY installation.
#19
rash
Personally I would not buy it as my sister bought it and it's not the easylay type so need to be fully protected.

This is NOT easy-lay type, so you would need to protect yourself from the asbestos by the way.

I believe this was on the going going gone sale B&Q did.


What an idiot.

This doesn't contain asbestos - asbestos hasn't been allowed in building materials for way over a decade.

This is described as 'top-up' insulation - if you have existing insulation, just lay this on top of it.

Dunno why this isn't hotter, this is an absolute bargain - I have 12 packets of it ready to go - it's gonna be a long day.
#20
Laying the stuff is pretty easy, just read the guides. Major things as mentioned above: don't lay over high current cables (shower and electric oven etc), don't go all the way to the eaves. Also make sure you don't go under water pipes, because otherwise they'll freeze over in winter - either go over them if practical, or cut a gap so heat from below gets to them.

For unwrapped stuff like this, make sure as little skin is exposed as poss. Wear gloves and a mouth mask/filter thingy, and especially wear protective glasses, as the stuff is fairly nasty in your eyes.
#21
They had this in York B&Q the other day.

Also the Knauf insulation roll on bogoff so £13.99 for two of the triple roll packs, plus various other insulation offers.

This stuff is itchy and unpleasant but it is not asbestos ! Wear old clothes and have a shower afterwards.
#22
try homebase, they have knauf insulation BOGOF, its wrapped aswell, so no horrible glassfibre, its is easy to lay
#23
It's not asbestos - whoever suggested that is a moron. It's fibreglass - so gloves, mask and goggles is all you need.

Its TOPUP insulation, so not the full recommended thickness of 270mm. But if you measure what you got already, this on top should mak up what you need.

At £10 a roll, you won't find a better price for this about - Its what remains of the GOING GOING GONE sale recently
#24
Ermm, isn't the total area of the pack 5.4 sq m, i.e. 1.8 sq m per individual roll? I saw this stuff in store, and its definitely not in a 3m long pack - so 1.1 m is the total length of the three rolls.

It is still cheaper than Wickes and Homebase, but as cheap as this thread's title suggests. There was a £10 off £50 voucher in Saturday's Daily Mail (page 52).
banned#25
xfield;3351315
Ermm, isn't the total area of the pack 5.4 sq m, i.e. 1.8 sq m per individual roll? I saw this stuff in store, and its definitely not in a 3m long pack - so 1.1 m is the total length of the three rolls.

It is still cheaper than Wickes and Homebase, but as cheap as this thread's title suggests. There was a £10 off £50 voucher in Saturday's Daily Mail (page 52).

Incorrect. Surface area is 1100mm x 4900mm = 5.4 sq m per roll.

I guess you worked out cubic area which isnt relevant.
#26
Fat Bird
There are different types of asbestos, brown, white and blue are the most common, some of them are stilll considered relatively safe and thus are still used. A mate of mine died this year from mesothelioma which is a nasty way to go, he could never work out when he was in contact with asbestos.


Asbestos is most certainly NOT used anymore. If a building already has asbestos it is usually safe if it is sealed and not disturbed.

If you live in an older house and can't be sure if you have asbestos never have any major work done until you get it checked by an expert. It is Asbestos Fibres that are the killer, released when asbestos items are disturbed, by drilling or demolition for example. More info here; http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/

"The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 came into force on 13 November 2006 (Asbestos Regulations - SI 2006/2739)

These Regulations bring together the three previous sets of Regulations covering the prohibition of asbestos, the control of asbestos at work and asbestos licensing.

The Regulations prohibit the importation, supply and use of all forms of asbestos. They continue the ban introduced for blue and brown asbestos in 1985 and for white asbestos in 1999. They also continue to ban the second-hand use of asbestos products such as asbestos cement sheets and asbestos boards and tiles; including panels which have been covered with paint or textured plaster containing asbestos."
#27
xfield
Ermm, isn't the total area of the pack 5.4 sq m, i.e. 1.8 sq m per individual roll? I saw this stuff in store, and its definitely not in a 3m long pack - so 1.1 m is the total length of the three rolls.

It is still cheaper than Wickes and Homebase, but as cheap as this thread's title suggests. There was a £10 off £50 voucher in Saturday's Daily Mail (page 52).


csiman
Incorrect. Surface area is 1100mm x 4900mm = 5.4 sq m per roll.

I guess you worked out cubic area which isnt relevant.


Exactly as CSI states, plus as there are three rolls (each perforated for ease) you actually get 5.4+5.4+5.4SqM which gives you the total coverage of 16.2SqM. It really is a lot of insulation for the price, hence the reason I posted the deal.
#28
stphnstevey
It's not asbestos - whoever suggested that is a moron. It's fibreglass - so gloves, mask and goggles is all you need.

Its TOPUP insulation, so not the full recommended thickness of 270mm. But if you measure what you got already, this on top should mak up what you need.

At £10 a roll, you won't find a better price for this about - Its what remains of the GOING GOING GONE sale recently


:x Not having an understanding of something like this doesn't make someone a moron!
#29
Wicked Lester
:x Not having an understanding of something like this doesn't make someone a moron!


It's very poor disinformation however - how could anyone think mineral fibre wool contains asbestos is beyond me.
#30
csiman
Incorrect. Surface area is 1100mm x 4900mm = 5.4 sq m per roll.

I guess you worked out cubic area which isnt relevant.


Nope, I was talking about the area. The packs that are £10 are shown here. The pack contains three rolls which have a combined width of 1100 m, or they can be split to make 3 x 370 mm wide rolls to fit between the rafters, as shown in the picture. Therefore the pack contains a total of 1100 x 4900 mm of insulation, which equals 5.4 sq m. If you want 16.2 sq m, you'll need £30 worth. If the pack did contain a total width of 3.3 m x 4.9 m, they'd be enourmous! Most houses would only need three or four.
#31
robimitchell
Admittedly, everyone now qualifies for a grant to have loft insulation fitted,

Yea, try getting that grant though - all the money the Government put into the fund for it has been used up, and they haven't put any more in.
What you have now is just a big waiting list.

Supalynz
Jesus no wonder it's so cheap if it's that asbestos stuff.:?

Don't be stupid.

And a bit of insulation is not going to make wires overheat, however it may cause a risk if a wire should catch fire for other reasons.
If it's something you're concerned about, just make sure there is some sort of seperating layer between the wire and the insulation.
#32
Yep 3 rolls = 1pack = 5.4M sq for £10
#33
Wicked Lester
:x Not having an understanding of something like this doesn't make someone a moron!


Ok - scare mongerer then:p
#34
Bought it today in sale £10 for 3 rolls in one pack total 5sqm odd. If anyone has bought better plaese say
#35
B&Q were doing buy one get one free on the encapsulated stuff recently. I got a few roles to do areas that didnt have enough insulation. Its more expensive than this but not much more and no need for gloves mask etc. Very easy to lay, clean no mess.

Whoever mentioned asbestos is an idiot. Its been banned in all building materials for well over a decade. Loft insulation has glass fibre in it which is an irratant but on not that danagerous unless yoiu are handling the stuff day in day out without protection.

All this stuff you buy from B& q is designed to go over existing insulation really but if you have nothing its certainly very cheap and better than nothing.

With the government grants at the moment though it hardly seems worth fitting it yourself. Most dont get it free but you still get a big discount on cavity and lost insulation to such and extent its hardly worth doing the loft yourself IMO. that said its very quick and easy to do you could do an average loft in an hour os so...
#36
It's a tenner for the 3 rolls that fit between the joists.. i.e. it should read:

Each roll is is pre cut to allow for different joist spacing and has measurements of 370mm x 4900mm x 200mm (5.4SqM), so for £10 you can cover 5.4SqM.

Just checked it at that Darnley store to make sure.
Still a very good price, though.

Hot!
#37
Right. I'm gonna go back up there tomorrow and buy some and see what I get for my ten pounds. When I was there the other night they had three large rolls, each roll with the dimensions of 1100x4900x200mm, packaged together in one nice bulk pack with a big £10 sticker on it.

If it turns out that I have misread the offer I can only apologise, but as I saw it in store the offer was very clear. I will also subsequently have words with trading standards if I'm wrong because the way it was presented in store there was no doubt in my mind what you were getting for your money.

I shall report back soon!
#38
robimitchell
Right. I'm gonna go back up there tomorrow and buy some and see what I get for my ten pounds. When I was there the other night they had three large rolls, each roll with the dimensions of 1100x4900x200mm, packaged together in one nice bulk pack with a big £10 sticker on it.

If it turns out that I have misread the offer I can only apologise, but as I saw it in store the offer was very clear. I will also subsequently have words with trading standards if I'm wrong because the way it was presented in store there was no doubt in my mind what you were getting for your money.

I shall report back soon!


It isn't each roll that's 1100mm - the entire pack is that width - the individual rolls (3 of) are 370mm wide.

Here's a picture of the label:

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y264/the-moob/insulation.jpg
#39
moob
It isn't each roll that's 1100mm - the entire pack is that width - the individual rolls (3 of) are 370mm wide.


Yep, and when I was in there they had three of those rolls together with cling film round them and a big £10 sticker on front.

If they just gave you one of those rolls for a tenner I'm not at all happy, hence why I'm gonna go back tomorrow and take pics of the promotion as it appears and then see what they'll offer me for £10.
#40
robimitchell
Yep, and when I was in there they had three of those rolls together with cling film round them and a big £10 sticker on front.

If they just gave you one of those rolls for a tenner I'm not at all happy, hence why I'm gonna go back tomorrow and take pics of the promotion as it appears and then see what they'll offer me for £10.


You get the pack wrapped together with the 3 rolls inside for a tenner.

Dunno why you're confused.

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