Jump to content
11 replies to this topic
Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:28 AM
Hi folks, wondering if anybody has any experience with this.
We have very old batts in our roof. We have had a few quotes to get new roofing insulation. A couple said they would just lay new batts on top of the old, which would be about 1K. But one said that you cant do that because there will be gaps which stop it working, so you need to have the old batts taken out at an additional cost of about 1K.
Has anybody had either of these options done, and what difference did it make to your house?
Thanks very much!
Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:40 PM
We had a similar thing, one company said they'd lay batts on top, and that removing the old ones would be really expensive.
Then another guy came and said look, the amount of asbestos it would stir up (there is asbestos in our roof, and old batts are sometimes asbestos too), I wouldn't bother, you have old batts there and the added energy saving from replacing them with new batts wouldn't be significant, and you shouldn't just lay the new ones on top.
He seemed very un dodgy and of course wasn't trying to sell us anything, so we believed him!
Posted 31 October 2012 - 06:23 PM
Thanks CallMeAliG. Did you go ahead with the insulation? Im interested to hear what sort of difference it makes (bearing in mind that theres other factors like windows and orientation of the house coming into it)
Posted 31 October 2012 - 06:36 PM
We got new roof insulation put in a few years ago when they were doing a grants for installing it.We had really old roof insulation and were told it would be better to get it removed, which we did they came with a big truck and massive vacuum and suck it all out.Then got new batts layed, we have noticed a reasonable difference particularly in winter keeping the heat in.
Posted 01 November 2012 - 12:09 PM
We had the horrible old insulation stuff. It was thinner than the width of your little finger - so not doing anything insulation wise.
While getting quotes - the removal seemed the biggest cost - its labour intensive. Hubby got in the roof and got rid of it, we put it into large black bin bags and he and dad took it up the tip. You have to check with them and dump it in the right section though - it may have cost extra, but nowhere near the Company doing it.
If you do this get hubby to wear old clothing and old shoes /joggers/socks that can be chucked out straight away ( and he did get itchy and sweaty from being in the roof).We are in WA so no surprise there!!
I think we had 3.5 rating batts installed - the golden ones and they've been terriffic. People really notice how cool the house is / warm in winter.
Posted 01 November 2012 - 03:12 PM
Just asked my builder and he said you have to take out the old ones so the new ones will work properly.
Posted 01 November 2012 - 03:20 PM
Hubby got in the roof and got rid of it, we put it into large black bin bags and he and dad took it up the tip.
Be very, very careful about this - see PPs post re. asbestos in older buildings. I'm assuming because you got quotes done prior to removal it would have been pointed out if there was any asbestos in the roof?
Posted 12 November 2012 - 12:11 PM
Pretty sure we dont have any asbestos in the roof, but hubbys not keen to remove them himself as he gets asthma, and Im 8 months pregnant with back pain and sciatica so I dont think either of us will be doing it!
Far out I still dont know what to think...
Good to hear from those who say the batts improved their comfort, thanks for that
Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:34 PM
No - no mention of asbestos in the roof.
My god - the special removal and precautions for that would have blown the quote out astronomically!!!
Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:44 PM
I work for an insulation company in SA. You need to have the old insulation removed so that the new stuff will work effectively.
Often the older insulation is made up of product completely useless in actually insulating... You would be surprised what we have come across.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:47 PM
Also, depending on the size of your house and what sort of roof you have and how many down lights etc $1000 for install is pretty cheap. That's assuming they're doing a legit job and you will still be able to see the joists etc.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:50 PM
How old is old? My parents have just last week gotten a quote for new insulation for their town house(around 30 years old, maybe a few years less) and were quoted 1k. Mum never mentioned removal of the old stuff, but she said in the ACT 5 batts are recommended, not the 2.5 they had.
Can they just stick new ones on top if they aren't TOO old?
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.
You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.
A jacket similar to the one found with the remains of a brutally murdered little girl in South Australia has been identified on eBay.
Shelley Parker had to keep driving buses until the date her baby was due and will have to rush back to work at the end of this week after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".
It has to be the most original way ever of promoting a children's book donation day.
Some parents who conceived through a sperm donor will be wary of telling the child, while others prefer to deal with it early on. But recent research suggests it makes little difference either way.
We've probably all seen a passed-out bridesmaid at one wedding or another, but it usually happens towards the end of the night.
Pregnant TV meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has hit back at haters who called her a "sausage in casing".
I didn't want to say anything negative to my pregnant friend, but I wish I'd been more honest.
Harper had seen rain from the comfort of indoors before, but had never had the pleasure of being outside and experiencing it first hand.
Many people suppose that it must be much more tiring to have a baby in middle age, but all the mothers in the playground look exhausted, whatever their age.
An American reality TV star has been busted with a cheating website account, according to US media.
A little girl is more alert and starting to talk after being hit by a car a week ago, but still faces a long recovery.
Q: My almost-3-year-old is starting to figure out that he can lie when asked if he ripped the book, threw the food, hit his brother, etc. Totally normal, I know. How do we respond?
A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.
Singer Kelly Clarkson has announced she is pregnant with her second child during a concert in Los Angeles.
At least three sites are republishing Ashley Madison's user data on the public-facing internet.
There are a fair few ways to distract yourself and beat pains while in labour, but it's probably a rare woman who chooses her dance her way through it.
Baby Jacob, whose photo of him born at just 27 weeks was deemed 'too graphic' for a fundraising site, has died.
Niall Pilkington's death last summer apparently raised little alarm in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Tragic accidents happen, after all.
When a group of researchers studied nearly 3500 mothers and their babies, they noticed a curious pattern.
Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.
Top 5 Articles
Thirty seconds was all it took to turn a shopping trip into my worst nightmare.
George has overtaken William in the official rankings of most popular British baby names - and Game of Thrones is still having an impact on parents.
What's more important, a baby or a baseball? That's a question this dad seems to struggle with.
It's not often you hear the words labour and luxury in the same sentence but for some, a 5-star start to parenthood is exactly what they seek. And with a number of private hospitals now offering packages which include a post-birth stay at a sumptuous first class resort, many mums are choosing to recover in style.
Most women carry a smidge of baby weight after giving birth. If you're lucky enough to have an older child in the house, they can keep you on track with your weight loss goals.
Is it too soon to be reading to my two-month-old son? If not, what should I read?
Sibling rivalry is an act of competition, but if your children feel involved and special, this type of jealousy will be minimised.
I remember when I was trying to decide if I could combine motherhood and furthering my university education.
To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW
A mother has had a frantic race to the hospital after her daughter was hit by a car, just four weeks after her infant son died.
A six-month-old baby girl is trapped in the Thai capital in a bitter custody wrangle between her Thai surrogate mother and her biological father.
A mother of six has been denied access to IVF treatment in order to have another child over concerns about her parenting skills.
Exhausted parents from around the world are singing the praises of a "miracle" book which promises to put even the most restless child to sleep in just minutes.
Parenthood can make you feel bad, but you're not alone.
The British royal family criticized paparazzi on Friday for what it called their increasingly dangerous attempts to photograph young Prince George.
"Anti-vaxxers" face not being able to send their children to childcare centres or kindergarten if they refuse to have them immunised.
Giving birth in a hospital surrounded by medical experts is tough enough, but some women deliver babies without a clean sheet to lie on.
When their son Jacob was born at just 27 weeks, Christina and Jeff Hinks were thrown into an uncertain world.
Bugaboo sure likes to keep things fresh, and with the Australian spring/summer season coming up, there are two new Bugaboo pram releases.
Mum's room or their own room? Cot or bassinets? Deciding where twins will sleep can be tricky.
Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!