Park Home Resident Magazine - Page 31



designed and ensure ALL health
and safety measures have been
accommodated. Check how the
system allows for the regulatory
25mm gap between the base of
the home and skirting, plus floor
vents, whilst still closing off all air
gaps to the home. What fire class is
the system rated?
If polyurethane insulating spray
foam is part utilised within the
underfloor
insulating
system
be sure that it is a ‘closed cell’
composition. This has insulating
gas within its structure, offering the
highest UV value and is moisture
and rodent resistant.
The composition of materials and
fixings, and their type and quality,
will certainly help determine how
effective the system will perform,
the warmth you will gain and how
long it lasts. Be careful, a shortterm fix won’t last the course to
withstand the elements, moisture
and also rodent damage.
It’s advisable to select a supplier
who is experienced with the 10. Is the company
underside of park homes. Have
accredited?
they been recommended? Have
you read much about them? Have Has the supplier and its underfloor
they been trading for a while?
insulation system been accredited?
Do they have an experienced This should mean that service,
and fully employed surveying and process and systems have
installation team that only works undergone assessment by a
for them and check they don’t use reputable body.
8.How do I know the
5. What materials are used? supplier is trustworthy?
6. How is the system sealed?
An important question! Unless
the system is sealed adequately,
cold air will inevitably find a way
in through the floors! Ideally the
system would be sealed and
bonded to create one fixed layer
under the home which cannot
come apart or fall down.
If sticky tape is used as a sealant
over seams and gaps, there is no
insulation value and importantly,
just as in sticky plasters, a high risk
of the tape soon losing its adhesion
once subjected to a damp and
gritty environment.
7. Access to pipes & wiring?
At some point in the future you may
need access to the plumbing or
electrics under the home, either out
of choice or in an emergency. Does
the system allow for access or is it
covering them over?
Any material, such as foam, sprayed
directly onto the underside of the
home could seal all the pipes and
wiring in underneath and prevent
future urgent access. Spray foam
does not adhere to all substrates
of park homes and could be a
wasteful expense.
9. How do I know the
underfloor
insulation
system works?
Ask for testimonials. Customers
who have been thrilled with the
supplier and outcome of their
underfloor insulation system will
have many written ‘thank you’
letters and have customers only
too pleased to speak to you about
their positive experience.
local sub-contractors who may not Is the company fully insured?
have the right park home training. Don’t be afraid to ask to see their
If they are confident in their documentation.
workmanship and system they will
happily answer questions, directly,
honestly and competently, and will
STILL NOT SURE?
always provide you with a written
CONTACT
COMMUNITY
quote. They won’t need to provide
WARMTH, THE ONLY
a special offer or ‘one day only’
REGISTER FOR APPROVED
bargain prices.
PARK HOME INSTALLERS
REMEMBER!
Never believe sp
ecial discounts
and urgent o
that ask you t
ers
o sign up ther
e and then. St
wait and thin
op,
k.
Dont sign up ju
st to be polite.
Try not to fee
sorry for the sa
l
lesperson, it is
OK to ask them
leave.
to
Ask for everyt
hing in writin
g, think it thr
read what you
ough,
are signing.
You have a leg
al right to can
cel even if you
signed a contr
act.
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