Rising energy costs as well as rising awareness with regards to the environmental consequences of using excessive energy have made people more aware than ever of te benefits of insulating their homes. Most UK homes have quite a complex and extensive water pipe system which means pipe lagging is often top of the list for their “things to do” list.

The Statistics

The UK Energy Saving Trust (EST) Brits are wasting hundreds of pounds every year because they have not insulated their homes properly. This is not a good message for the environment or the bank account. According to the EST, “There are many ways to insulate your home, which will not only save you money but are better for the environment too”. Pipe lagging is one of the least expensive and easiest to do, so it makes sense to start there.

How Does Pipe Lagging Work?

Pipe lagging seals in the heat which saves money because it saves energy. There are many different materials and ways to accomplish this – MORE INFORMATION HERE

The Dangers of Non-Insulated Water Pipes

Most UK homes have copper pipes for the hot water. Because copper is a great conductor this means they actually get hot. However, they can also freeze. Frozen water expands and this can actually burst the pipe.  When this happens the costs of repair can be high – Not to mention the inconvenience of shutting down your water supply while the damage is repaired.

The UK is a cold environment on the whole. Cold pipes encourage water vapour to develop and over time this will corrode the pipes. The moisture can also collect in the wall causing damage from the damp.

Exposed hot water pipes can get extremely hot. If you have small children around this can be dangerous.

How Much does it Cost?

Copper piping can be insulated relatively cheaply. The cost ultimately depends upon the materials used to lag the pipes.

  • Polyethylene

This is one of the most popular choices because it is inexpensive, easy and fast to apply.

  • Mineral & Glass Wool

Harder to apply but has many advantages. It does not rot, shrink, expand or burn.

  • Flexible Elastomeric Foam

This material is excellent at reducing moisture build up on the exterior of the pipes. It also has relatively good thermal properties.

  • Rigid Foam

This type of pipe lagging is generally used in commercial properties where the pipes are larger.

  • Pipe Insulation Lagging Tape

Tape insulation is available in foil, plastic and cork.

Pipe lagging can be used on water, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning pipes. Various thicknesses are available, which you use depends a lot on the budget as well as the task in hand. Why not contact a specialist company who can give you advice on which materials and thickness is best suited for your home or commercial premises? Do the job right first time, which always works out the most economical in the long run – MORE INFORMATION HERE