Telling your neighbours about building work can always be a bit of a tricky conversation. External wall insulation involves a few weeks of work on the exterior of your property and you can expect that during that time there may be a little disruption, especially if you live in close quarters with your neighbours.
Going through the installation process will mean that your home is a more comfortable temperature during the winter and summer months, your heating bills are reduced and the external appearance of your property is updated and improved. No doubt it’s worthwhile for you, but your neighbours may not see it that way, so we’ve put together a brief list of things that you will need to inform them of prior to the commencement of the works.
Parking may be more difficult
This is especially the case if your property or your neighbour’s property doesn’t have a driveway. Installers will often drive vans and materials will usually be delivered in a Luton van, so warn your neighbour that parking may be tricky for the duration of the installation.
It will probably be noisy at times
Erecting scaffolding, hammering and drilling in fixings and all the other details that go into an EWI installation all have one thing in common: noise.
External wall insulation isn’t the noisiest job you could be having done (knocking down walls and building an extension would be much worse), nevertheless it’s likely to be a little bit busier and noisier in the area.
We recommend you inform your neighbours a couple of weeks in advance so that they know to expect it. The increase in noise will very likely occur during working hours, so you can reassure them that it won’t be going on late into the evening.
There will be some dust and mess
Depending upon how simple the installation is, it’s likely there will be a level of dust and mess. EWI is installed using dry-mix adhesives which are very dusty before they’re mixed with water. Insulation off-cuts are also a common occurrence during an installation; EPS, in particular, can be quite messy when it’s cut with a knife as the polystyrene tends to disintegrate. Similar to the basecoat and adhesives, the render topcoat can drip so the installer should take precautions to protect the area surrounding the property.
Scaffolding will likely be required
Unless you live in a bungalow it’s highly likely that scaffolding will be required to complete your project. Scaffolding is quite an eyesore so it’s courteous to warn your neighbours of its expected presence. If you live in a semi-detached home your neighbours will be particularly affected by the presence of the scaffolding and so will need to be notified in advance.
The works are expected to last for at least two weeks
One of the best things about installing EWI is that the work shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks to complete. Most of the delays are caused by drying times (e.g. you have to wait 24 hours for the adhesive to dry before you can install the fixings). The only thing that can cause delays is poor weather conditions, but other than this the whole process is quick and relatively easy.