Insulation in Portugal

Insulation in Portugal

Insulation in Portugal The climates great here, feels just like California most of the time. That is apart from when you go into a Portuguese house if its more than twenty years old you experience a temperature range from arctic to equatorial. In the winter they are very cold and seem to suck the heat out of you no matter how high you turn up the heating . In the summer they can be stiflingly hot so hot in fact that its hard to sleep because the roof and thick walls are releasing all of the heat that it has collected during the day straight into your bedroom ! The answer is of course that these houses are not insulated and this allows the arctic to equatorial conditions to prevail. What the houses need is insulation but what sort of insulation, where, how and what are more difficult questions and require some detailed explanation. Types of insulation. The main insulation products available at a reasonable price here in Central Portugal are “blue boards” Roof-mate, wall-mate and floor-mate.

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Timber roof-mate insulation

Then you have rock-wool in rolls and slabs and the thinner foil backed insulation’s available

foil backed insulation
Insulation in Portugal

in rolls.Strangely cork insulation is often cheaper to buy in the UK that Portugal. Where to insulate, Start with the roof, heat rises. You can insulate and existing roof or if you are going to install a new roof you can install the insulation across the entire roof.

insulated roof
portugal insulation

Once you have completed the roof insulation start by looking how to install insulation on the ground floor assuming its a 2 story property.

insulating walls
insulated walls

If you are thinking of using dry lining to provide a warmer interior

Warm and dry
insulation behind plasterboard

If you would like to discuss the available option contact 00351  927168247 to see more of our projects go to WWW.casteloconstruction.com Email info@casteloconstruction.com

Insulation in Portugal

 

About Castelo Construction Lda

Castelo Construction Lda are builders in Central Portugal. We have 12 years’ experience of working with and delighting clients in Portugal. Tel 00351 927168247 or kelvin@casteloconstruction.com If you need an English speaking builder for renovation or new build work we will provide free estimates, fixed prices and carry out your work to a very high standard. Many of our clients are not in the country full time so rely on our regular photographic updates and written reports. They are always surprised when they make inspection visits. New Construction and Refurbishment of Portuguese Property It’s exciting for both our team and of course our clients to mark out on the earth the site of a new home. We will have been with them during the design process and have spoken to the architect many times so we will be comfortable with what we are about to do. For many clients, this stage is a little daunting as it’s hard to see without experience just where the house is going to be in relation to other things on the property. Once the foundations are dug out the house normally looks smaller than they thought, As the pillars and foundation wall start to go you get a much better idea of scale. You can see with your mind’s eye the location of the kitchen, bedrooms and so on. Once the walls are up and the first floor is in place the rooms start to looks smaller again (something to do with the light absorbing properties of the bricks) once the walls are plastered the rooms look a lot larger and it starts to feel more like the home our clients imagined building. As the build progresses we are involved with many specialist subcontractors and it is our job the get them on site at the right time so that the trades do not overlap and time is not wasted. Once the roof is on and tiled it is traditional in this area to have a dinner on site. Everyone who is involved in the build is invited to share a suckling pig dinner with local bread, oranges and of course wine. This is a great way for the clients to enjoy some local hospitality and meet the craftsmen who are building their new home. We also invite the near neighbors so that they get a chance to see what’s going on (when the house is at a very basic stage) and it gives our clients a relaxed opportunity to make their acquaintance. As we always accompany our clients to choose, kitchens, tiles, bathroom fittings or whatever they want. We can help with translation and of course negotiation! As the house is coming to completion we always have them professionally cleaned so that when we hand over the keys it feels more like a home than a building site. 2 months after the house is finished we are back to check for any small faults that may need attention and of course we are available to help and advise should that be needed. Central Portugal builders

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