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Should You Insulate Your Kitchen Before You Remodel It?

Are you thinking about giving your kitchen a refresh? Before you dive into choosing your stylish new kitchen doors and wall colours, let’s talk about something important—insulation. Harry, our expert joiner and kitchen fitter, has seen many kitchens transform over the years, often from chilly and noisy spaces to warm and serene centres of the home. He shares how a well-insulated kitchen not only feels better but also saves money.

Why Insulate Your Kitchen?

Insulating your kitchen is a step many people will overlook, but it can make a significant difference to both your comfort when using your kitchen and also on cost savings. Insulating makes your kitchen warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It cuts down on your energy bills and keeps out unwanted noise. Imagine your kitchen staying comfy, no matter the weather outside.

Choosing The Right Insulation

  • Fluffy Rolls: Easy for DIY fans. They’re budget-friendly too.
  • Stiff Boards: Great for keeping the heat in and damp out.
  • Spray Foam: The top choice for blocking drafts. Best to get a pro for this.

Harry’s Top Tips For Kitchen Insulation Success!

  • Check Existing Insulation: Sometimes, your kitchen walls might already be insulated.
  • Safety First: Switch off the power and water before you start.
  • Clear the Area: Remove everything from the walls, like cabinets and tiles.
  • Secure the Essentials: Make sure wires and pipes are safely tucked away.
  • Follow Instructions: Put in the insulation carefully, just as the manual says.
  • Seal It Up: Use a vapour barrier to keep moisture away.

Tips For Soundproofing Your Kitchen

During your kitchen renovation, consider the following tips to reduce noise:

  1. Insulate Walls and Ceilings: Use acoustic insulation batts to absorb sound. These are specifically designed to reduce noise transmission between rooms.
  2. Install Dense Materials: Heavier materials block sound more effectively. Consider using denser materials for your walls and floors.
  3. Seal Gaps: Ensure all gaps and cracks are sealed, including around windows and doors, to prevent sound leaks.
  4. Soft Furnishings: Incorporate soft furnishings where possible. Curtains, rugs and upholstered furniture can absorb sound and reduce echo.
  5. Choose Quiet Appliances: Opt for appliances with low noise ratings. Manufacturers often list these ratings, helping you make a quieter choice.

Stay Safe!

  • Protect Yourself: Always wear gloves, goggles and a mask.
  • Be Cautious: Take care around electrical wiring and plumbing.
  • Ask for Help: If you’re unsure, it’s better to consult a professional.

After insulating, you’re all set to install those beautiful new kitchen doors!

By insulating your kitchen as part of your renovation, you’re creating a welcoming space that’s also kind to your wallet and peaceful for your tea times. Harry has fitted many kitchens and he always advises homeowners to consider insulation for a truly cosy revamp. If you’re thinking about it and you can’t make your mind up we’re sure he won’t mind you giving him a call to pick his brain on the matter. Just be warned, he might talk your ear off about new kitchen doors, too!

Estimated Costs For Insulation And Installation

The cost of insulating your kitchen can vary based on the type of insulation you choose and whether you opt for professional installation. Here are some general estimates to guide your budgeting, expressed in British pounds:

  • Batt Insulation: The cost for fibreglass batt insulation ranges from £12 to £15 per square metre. Professional installation might increase the cost to around £20 to £25 per square metre, including materials and labour.
  • Rigid Foam Boards: These can cost between £20 to £40 per square metre. With professional installation, the total cost might be between £45 to £65 per square metre.
  • Spray Foam: Spray foam is pricier, with costs typically ranging from £25 to £50 per square metre for materials alone. Including professional installation, the price can jump to £50 to £100 per square metre.

Remember, these are rough estimates based on prices in March 2024. Prices can vary based on your location, the complexity of the job and current market rates.

We’d Love To Hear from You!

Have you insulated your kitchen? Share your stories, tips and photos with us – we’d love to see how you got on! And whatever you choose for your new kitchen doors, whether you go for high gloss, matte or bare MDF kitchen doors, just remember, we’re here to help you get the kitchen of your dreams.

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