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Insulation Between and Under Rafters

High performance PIR insulation boards for use in between & under rafters in loft applications.

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Arguably the most popular pitched roof solution, installing insulation between and under the rafters uses the depth of the structural timbers to best effect. Its versatility is the key to its popularity, whether being used to achieve:

  • an efficient room-in-a-roof in a new-build property where over-rafter insulation is not desirable,
  • a refurbishment of an existing roof with head room to spare below the ceiling, or
  • a loft conversion project.

It allows insulation to be installed in a watertight roof, either after the roof covering has been fixed on a new build, or without disturbing an otherwise sound existing roof covering as part of a renovation.

Modern U-value targets mean installing insulation between rafters only is rarely a viable option. Using a thermally efficient material to get the maximum benefit from as much of the rafter depth as possible means the under-rafter insulation layer can be kept to a minimum, making installation easier.

Rigid polyisocyanurate (PIR) foam insulation boards from Celotex are among the most thermally efficient commonly available insulation materials on the market. Depending on the specifics of the roof, it may be possible to fully fill the rafter depth or, in most cases leave a 25mm or 50mm air gap between the top face of the insulation and the sarking membrane.

The level of thermal performance required then dictates the thickness of insulation required below the rafters - usually anything from 25mm to 65mm of PIR foam. That can be a general application board followed by a separate plasterboard. Alternatively, using a thermal laminate featuring rigid insulation pre-bonded to a plasterboard means fitting the insulation and ceiling lining in one operation, reducing storage, cutting and fixing.

 

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