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MAIN SERVICES

THERMAL UPGRADES

We can confidently take almost any thermal upgrade of a building from the initial consultation right through to completion.

THERMAL BRIDGING SOLUTIONS

We have the skills required to identify thermal bridging problems and design solutions to solve them.

PLASTERS & LIME RENDERS

As our passion lies in the conservation and thermal upgrade on older houses we are often required to “Help a house breath again”.

RANDOM INSULATION SOLUTIONS

With our in-depth knowledge of insulation and access to innovative insulation materials, there is no problem that can’t be solved.

WHAT WE DO?

FFC are in the unique position to give unbiased advice and serve to direct the insulation installation from concept to completion. FFC will lead you through the process from survey to completion. Including the correct materials specification for the building type (heritage or modern build) supply of the materials and also the installation. We support you through the whole process from liaising with the architect to selecting the correct type and brand of paint.

FFC have developed an industry first survey tool. All that is needed is the dimensions of the walls to be insulated and the materials specification to give you the home owner a comprehensive breakdown of every component needed to complete the job. You will not have to Phone around suppliers or carry out research or chase builders as we have control of the job from start to finish.

FFC work directly with suppliers and system manufacturers to ensure you will have the nose competitive price possible for the materials required. As well as ensuring that the correct materials are supplied meeting our strict tolerances. This relationship ensures that FFC have access to the most advanced and highest performing insulation materials available in today’s market. Always striving for perfection we only supply materials that we would be happy installing in our won home.

Our installation teams are lead by the highest trained insulation technicians the industry has to offer. We are constantly striving for constant improvement of our technicians and continue to train in both the most advanced materials available and also the most advanced installation techniques possible to achieve the highest return in your investment. Our leaders have many years experience within the insulation industry. Working in multi house developments and also on bespoke individual houses.

We have upgraded many homes from the 50s to present builds but we have a particular passion for working on older buildings that offer their own set of challenges and obstacles. However these are the houses that we take greatest pleasure in completing. We get massive satisfaction turning them into comfortable warm and beautiful homes while taking care to maintain their own character and individualism without damaging the building fabric itself.

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WHAT WE OFFER

Thermal Upgrades

We can confidently take almost any thermal upgrade of a building from the initial consultation right through to completion.

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Thermal Bridging Solutions

We have the skills required to identify thermal bridging problems and design solutions to solve them.

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Traditional Plasters & Lime Renders

As our passion lies in the conservation and thermal upgrade on older houses we are often required to “Help a house breath again”.

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Random Insulation Solutions

With our in-depth knowledge of insulation and access to innovative insulation materials, there is no problem that can’t be solved.

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HEAT-LOSS & INSULATION EXPLAINED

Like most people living in a house today you are probably wondering where the heat goes and why it costs so much money to try and keep yourself and your family warm, especially in those wet windy and colder months of the year. The answer is quite simple, the heat is lost mainly through the building fabric with a little help from draughts and leeking windows and doors.

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1. Up to 25% of heat loss through uninsulated ceiling / roof
2. Up to 35% heat loss through uninsulated walls
3. Up to 15% heat loss through uninsulated floor
4. Up to 15% heat loss through uninsulated or poorly insulated windows and doors 5. Up to 10% heat loss due to draughts and cold air infiltration.
Thankfully Fabric First Construction Ltd can offer a solution to all of the heat loss areas within a house.

This is normally rolls of fibrous insulation that are rolled out in the attic across the tops of the ceilings.  There is usually 400mm of loft wool installed in order to reduce the heat loss here as much as possible.  There are options ranging from the cheapest loft wool to the expensive but ethically sourced and more pleasant to work with like sheep wool insulation.  Special floor boards can also be installed to create storage space while still allowing the correct depth of insulation to be installed.

Cavity – Most recent houses have a cavity build construction type.  This is two layers of brick or block with a gap in the middle.  This gap is then filled with insulation depending on the depth of the cavity and also the supplier recommendations.

Solid wall – Quite often these may be refereed too hard to treat homes and this is where you really do need specialist advice as getting this wrong will ultimately cost you financially, in your health and also the health of the building as well.  However, in brief there are two main types of solid wall insulation.  Internal Wall Insulation (IWI) and External Wall Insulation (EWI). IWI can come in many forms and it’s very important that is it both specified and installed correctly.  The first question that needs answered is do you need a breathable (Vapour Open) system or a non-breathable (Vapour Tight) system.  For really old buildings designers and specifiers will usually use vapour open materials like Wood Fibre or SpaceLoft insulation which are finished with a vapour open lime, clay, or other natural based finishes.  However, for more modern buildings that just want to top up or improve their insulation and they are not breathable the most common types of insulation here are usually PIR rigid board insulation.  These are fitted in many different ways but as with all IWI it is vital that they are fitted by a qualified specialise insulation installer to ensure you do not have the risk of interstitial condensation or other problems associated with poorly fitted insulation.

EWI can also come in many different forms and there are a lot of suppliers out there for the materials to insulate the external skin of your house.  One key advantage of EWI is that it gives a new appearance to the outside of the house.  This usually comes in the form of insulated boards that are stuck and fixed onto the outside of the house and they are then finished with a base coat plaster with a reinforcing mesh in it and then finished with a coloured render top coat.

With all solid wall insulation, it is really important that you deal with the smaller details as failing to do this may result in damaging the building fabric or causing unseen problems like condensation

(Sweating) and or mould growth that can be detrimental to the health of the occupants and the building fabric.  The details are commonly referred to Thermal Bridging or cold bridging and include areas like door and window reveals, return walls, or any junction that is in contact with the outside.

Un-insulated floors are the area that are most likely to be over looked during a renovation due to the perception that it is too big of a job to dig our old floors and replace with new concrete and insulation or that they can’t be done at all. This is wrong and there are actually a few options to insulate a cold floor depending on the type of renovation and also budget available. If you are digging out your existing floor already as part of a renovation, then you should consider adding rigid insulation boards before re-concreting the floor. This is both a costly and time consuming way to insulate a cold floor.

Alternatively, specifiers may use a thin insulation product like SpaceLoft Insulation blanket laid directly onto the floor. This can be finished in a variety of ways including carpet and wooden floors. To tile on it would be good practice to lay an impact board on top of the insulation before tiling. SpaceLoft insulation is a thin ultra-efficient insulation material that can insulate a solid floor at just 10mm. Another solution would be to lay insulated floor boards like Enviroform Solutions E-therm slim product which can be adhesively fixed onto a cold floor and comes with an impact layer which interlocks making it both easy to fit and also robust. It is also ready to accept many floor finished.

When insulating it might be well worth considering upgrading your windows as this will be another way to retain heat in your house. A lot of houses especially older ones will be fitted with single glazing windows which will probably have a low thermal resistance in the frame and the glass and it would be important to replace both the frame and the glass.  However, some newer windows may just need the glazing replaced to help improve the efficiency of the glass itself as this is usually a large surface area for heat to escape from.

As we see above that 10% of heat can be lost through draughts or cold air infiltration.  In some highly insulated housed especially newer builds air tightness is one of the major issues faced with builders and specifiers alike.  In these houses they are trying to keep the house airtight both to stop draughts and air infiltration but mainly so they can control the air quality using mechanical ventilation.  However, in retrofit this may not always be a good thing as it can lead to problems if the house becomes well insulated and airtight with no additional means of ventilation included.  So if you are considering retrofitting insulation onto your home it is also essential to consider ventilation either through mechanical means or by passive ventilation.  If this detail is over looked then the potential risk to the inhabitants and the building fabric itself are greatly increased with the possibility of condensation, sweating, and mould growth.

ACCREDITATION'S

TESTIMONIALS

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ROSEMARY MC CLEARY

I was searching for a good plaster/insulation company who could take on a full project I needed fulfilled in my home. So I found Fabric First online. When I contacted them they where more than helpful and offered an appointment to call out straight away to survey the job and discuss my options and the next step to get the job started as soon as possible. Conor has excellent customer service and knowledge on lots of materials and options for the job needing done. His experience impressed my husband and I and within a few days we had a quote emailed to us .We decided to proceed with fabrics first on the bases of their experience, knowledge, assurance and the fact that they where member's of the Federation of Master Builders. What was great was that we had nothing to organise from that moment, they came as arranged, all materials and preparation was done for us and anything that was removed to assist with the job was replaced as found and the job each day was left neat and tidy with no rubbish lying around and the job was completed as stated. We got the service, job and finish we had been promised with no mess and It was perfect, we had no rubbish to dispose off as they took it all away with them.
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JOSEPHINE MCCLOSKEY

Conor from fabric first construction is a diligent and conscientious worker. I had been recommended them by my daughter who also found them to be reliable and knowledgeable. From the first phone call, through to the rebuild of my front room I found Conor's attention to detail and precision impressive. I would highly recommend their work.