Insulation and Drylining

The role of insulation in any property is more important than ever. With rising fuel costs and the need to lower CO2 emissions a top priority, you need to pay careful consideration to the kind of insulation you are going use inside your self build property.

With a national network of specialist Insulation Centres, Jewson knows all there is to know about insulation and dry lining. Years of expertise and product knowledge means Jewson can offer you the right advice backed by a comprehensive range of thermal, acoustic and fire protection products. Whether your query is simply how much to buy or you're looking for help on a more complex project, our team of experts are ready and waiting. Wherever you are and whatever the request, our insulation advisors aim to provide the levels of service and expertise you'd expect from the UK's leading builders' merchant.

Glass Wool

Glass wool insulation is the most common form of insulation in the UK. Available in various densities, glass wool offers excellent thermal and acoustic properties as well as fire safety protection. All glass wool insulation achieves an A rating in the Green Guide to Specification. What's more, the production of glass wool uses far less energy than the level of energy it saves in heating and air conditioning. It also conserves 100 times more ammonia, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide than is emitted during its production.

Glass wool is made from abundant materials such as sand and limestone, and increasingly from recycled glass (up to 80%), which means glass wool can be fully recycled after use.

The compression and flexibility of glass wool also keeps building site waste to a minimum, so all scraps can be reused.

Mineral Wool Insulation

Mineral wool insulation is made from volcanic rock which is an abundant resource. Rock mineral wool insulation is usually used for more specialised applications where higher levels of acoustic or fire protection are required, in addition to robust thermal insulation.

As with glass wool insulation, the key environmental impact of rock mineral insulation is its ability to conserve more energy over the life of the product than is emitted during production. Remember, installing any insulation in walls and loft space will reduce energy consumption and help reduce carbon emissions.

Sheepwool Insulation

With excellent thermal and acoustic properties, Sheepwool makes the perfect alternative to artificial insulation. It offers good fire resistance with the ability to melt away from flames and extinguish itself.

Sheepwool is breathable too, therefore it can rapidly absorb and release water vapour, reducing condensation and helping to keep buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This makes it suitable for timber frame constructions.

As a natural product it can be installed without the need for gloves or protective clothing and is not irritating to the skin, eyes or respiratory tract. The high elasticity of the wool fibres means it doesn't settle. Instead it adapts to the shape of rafters, joists and studs to provide a permanently tight fit.

As you'd expect, sheep's wool is a renewable and a continuous resource - which makes it reusable, recyclable and biodegradable.

Specialist Plasterboards

Jewson can provide you with a variety of specialist plasterboards that will fulfil the requirements of your self build. From fire, sound, thermal, moisture and impact resistance to providing durable, high quality linings for walls and ceilings, we've got the board for you.

Different environments and future use of a room will determine which kind of plasterboard to use, so it's worth getting helpful advice beforehand if you are unsure. For instance, if you need extra fire or noise protection, certain plasterboards will outperform others. Damp conditions, such as kitchens and bathrooms, require the use of specially designed moisture resistant plasterboard that repels water. If you suffer from joint cracking on plasterboard ceilings, it is usually caused by warping of the joists as the wood dries out. Screw fixing the boards will generally prevent this problem from occurring.

Feel free to contact our dedicated self build team if you require further information on:
0800 032 8968 or Selfbuild@jewson.co.uk