External Wall Insulation & Façades

What is EWI, and why should I call Westdale?ewi-swisslab_MainImage

External wall insulation (EWI), also known as solid wall insulation (SWI), is a specialist treatment for cold homes that are classified as 'hard to treat' housing. Your house is hard to treat if there is no cavity within the external walls or in some cases the property is of 'system build' or 'pre-fabricated' construction type. These types of houses are difficult to insulate because traditional methods, such as pumped insulation, are impossible to use to increase the house's thermal efficiency. In these cases the only way to 'warm up' these homes is to insulate the walls either on the inside or the outside. We feel internal wall insulation (IWI) is an inferior treatment because the installation is very disturbing for the occupant and treatment can be far more expensive than insulating the outside of the property. External insulation consists of a rigid board with a render finish and is applied to the outside of the property, meaning minimal upheaval to the occupant.

Westdale are the UK's leading SWI installer because our finishes are simply unbeatable. Our EWI packages include an award-winning finish. Where many other companies will simply provide insulation with a functional render finish, Westdale Services will completely transform the look of your property. We can make a rendered property look like a brand new brick building or add a bright Mediterranean look to your dilapidated brickwork.

Our skilled team of operatives are able to adjust the tint of our brick effect render finish to closely match other features or surrounding buildings. We can replicate stone headers and cills, brick or stone quoins and visually rejuvenate your property. We feel our many years of industry experience allows us to do this and it sets us apart from the competition. Westdale are the original EWI contractor and brought the brick effect to the industry. Our quality finishes cannot be replicated.

What's more, the latest Energy Saving Trust figures reveal that the average gas heated, solid-walled detached house could save approximately £455 per year on its energy bills! That's nearly 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide saved every year!

We have treated literally thousands of houses right across the UK and have the happy customers to prove it. And here's the best bit: The work saves you money on heating bills and Westdale's way of working means that you are getting the highest quality of works and materials at the lowest possible cost.  (See details on Government Green Deal Assistance, all available through Westdale Services.)

How do I know if my house qualifies?

Check the construction of your property. If it's built from concrete slabs, has 'tin' panels or is unusual in any other way, it could well qualify.  Where the courses of bricks all look the same, the chances are you have a cavity. Where they don't look the same, and some bricks appear to be the other way around, you may have what's known as 'header bond' or 'flemish bond' courses. The chances are if you have these you have solid walls and could benefit from EWI.

This is a cavity wall and probably doesn't qualify.  Don't despair though, this is a crude test and you could still qualify!

This is a cavity wall and probably doesn't qualify. Be cautious though, this is a crude test and you could still qualify!

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If your bricks are the other way around like this, you qualify! Give us a call and we'll be glad to help.

 

Take a look at some of the images below.  We can make a huge difference to your house and it doesn't have to cost the earth!  Don't think the funding and finance doesn't apply to you.  Some grants are totally independent of your benefits status or earnings and relate only to the dwelling to be treated.  Call us for more!

 

This property underwent a refurbishment as well as EWI install.

This property underwent a refurbishment as well as EWI install.

A property in Co. Durham before treatment.  Note the stone window headers and cills, along with mullions.

A property in Co. Durham before treatment. Note the stone window headers and cills, along with mullions.

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After treatment the home is far warmer with lower utility bills. People think it's newly built!

 

Finish replicated beautifully.

Finish replicated beautifully.

A fully brick rendered property in Barnsley.

A fully brick rendered property in Barnsley.

A full street of terraced housing in Hexthorpe, Doncaster.

A full street of terraced housing in Hexthorpe, Doncaster.

After treatment.  The homes are now warmer and much more attractive.

After treatment. The homes are now warmer and much more attractive.

This house had unattractive crack repairs in the existing render.

This house had unattractive crack repairs in the existing render.

Westdale added brick effect render to add to the impact of the finished product.

Westdale added brick effect render to add to the impact of the finished product.

Along with EWI, Westdale are also established installers of rainscreen cladding and many other forms of façade.  Contact us for further details.  Our team will be happy to help.