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What is a U-value and how will it affect my Home Improvements?


The term U-value is commonly used in the construction industry, and is considered a crucial indicator of how thermally efficient a build is. But what is a good U-value? And how can this affect your new home improvement choices?

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Equipping yourself with this knowledge will help you insulate your home with the most appropriate materials. In short, U-values measure how effective a material is as an insulator. – the lower the u-value, the less heat escapes.

U-values allow for the comparison of different materials for your new living space, so the insulating properties of a poly carbonate roof could be compared to that of a solid roof for example.

It is the most accurate way of measuring the insulating properties of the application or material and Building Regulations/Standards specifies U-values which must be achieved when building or refurbishing a structure. Without knowing the U-value of a wall, floor or roof, you won’t know how energy efficient the whole building will be.

But what difference will this make to your home?

As well as being more energy efficient, choosing materials with a lower U-value will ensure your home is more comfortable, with fewer hot and cold spots. You’ll also save money too! The more thermally efficient your home improvements, the less money you will spend on heating your home.

Any honest home improvement installer will be able to tell you the U-value of each product they offer, and should be able to calculate the U-value for your whole build if you’re considering a new living space, orangery or conservatory.

You can find further information about product U-values or get in contact with a member of our friendly team who will be happy to offer advise.


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