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DIY Cork Spray: Can I Do It Myself?

diy cork spray can i do it myself?

Cold walls, dampness and rising energy bills are common issues faced by homeowners across the UK. Innovative insulation solutions like cork spray can be a great way to address these issues. However, there is a cost, which leaves many homeowners considering the DIY route.

As well as being rewarding, DIY can be a great way to save money. Though of course, not all projects lend themselves to a hands-on approach. In this article we’ll take a closer look at DIY cork spray insulation and answer all your questions about whether it’s possible to do it yourself.

Understanding the allure of DIY

From enjoying a sense of accomplishment to saving on labour costs, DIY home maintenance and renovation projects can be both rewarding and cost-effective. After all, who doesn’t love a good episode of Grand Designs or Renovation Nation?

At Total Trades, we appreciate a good DIY project just as much as the next person. However, when it comes to using highly specialised products like cork spray products, some projects are best left to the professionals. Why? Here’s a quick rundown of the top reasons why DIY cork spray is not the way to go when insulating your home.

Compromising quality assurance

High-performance products like SprayCork offer exceptional durability and thermal performance, when applied correctly. When you choose the DIY route, you’re taking on the responsibility of ensuring every step is done right. Unlike projects such as tiling and painting, there’s no margin for error. Application needs to be done right the first time or spray cork simply won’t perform at its best.

Without the necessary expertise, attempting a DIY cork spray project can result in uneven coatings, cracks, missed spots and an inferior finish. This ultimately compromises the product's performance and durability. Professional applicators go through extensive training and certification to guarantee a high-quality application.

A negative impact on performance

From reducing your heating bills by up to 15% to absorbing up to 38dB of noise, products like SprayCork run circles around other home insulation solutions. When you attempt DIY cork spray application, you risk not achieving the same level of thermal and acoustic performance.

Voiding the warranty

SprayCork comes with a 25-year warranty, offering you peace of mind regarding when it comes to performance and durability. This warranty reflects the trust the manufacturer has in the product's ability to perform over time. However well-intentioned, DIY cork spray projects don’t come with this guarantee. As a result, any issues that arise may become your responsibility and might not be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty.

Safety concerns

Cork spray is a safe and sustainable insulation solution. But it’s important to take safety precautions when handling the material. Professionals understand the safety protocols and have the necessary equipment to protect themselves during application. If you attempt a DIY cork spray project without the right safety knowledge and gear, you risk running into issues like skin irritation or respiratory problems, due to the fine particles released during the application.

Product exclusivity

While some spray cork products are available to the public, high-performance SprayCork is exclusive to a network of approved applicators, including Total Trades. This ensures that only professionals who have been trained and certified in SprayCork application can provide the service. Attempting DIY cork spray application means you won't have access to gold-standard products and as a result, will miss out on the performance benefits.

The benefits of professional cork spray application

Now you know more about why to avoid DIY cork spray projects, let’s explore the benefits of professional application.

For starters, approved contractors have undergone rigorous training to ensure a professional finish. This means that you can trust the job will be done to the highest standards, optimising both thermal performance and aesthetic appeal. Safety is always front of mind when you enlist the help of a professional contractor, which is another important benefit.

As mentioned earlier, professionals have exclusive access to top-tier products like SprayCork. If performance is a priority – which it always is for home insulation projects – this benefit makes professional help all the more worthwhile. SprayCork applications by approved applicators are also backed by the official 25-year manufacturer’s warranty, so you can enjoy the peace of mind your investment is protected for decades to come.

Here’s a few more reasons why it’s worth trusting your project to the professionals, as opposed to attempting DIY cork spray.

Time efficiency

DIY cork spray projects can be time-consuming, especially if you lack experience and expertise. This can significantly increase the timeframe of your project. A professional application by Total Trades not only guarantees quality but saves you time. Our experienced applicators work efficiently, ensuring the job is completed on time and without unnecessary delays.

Tailored solutions

Every home is different and while cork spray is an extremely versatile material, it’s important to consider the unique needs of every project. Professionals can provide you with a tailored insulation solution that meets your specific needs. They will assess your home, identify problem areas and apply SprayCork accordingly. This personalised approach ensures you get the maximum benefits from your investment.

Easy repairs and maintenance

In the unlikely event that your SprayCork render requires repairs, Total Trades can provide quick and easy repairs. No questions asked – just fast and fuss-free maintenance.

Get it right the first time with Total Trades

From installing crown moulding to retiling your kitchen backsplash, many home improvement endeavours can be tackled successfully as DIY projects. Cork spray insulation isn’t one of them. The industry is niche and calls for a high level of experience and specialised installation equipment. Quality, performance, longevity, safety and access to top-of-the-range products are all compelling reasons to invest in professional application.

Ultimately, the risks of a DIY cork spray installation project outweigh the potential benefits. For this reason, we recommend calling in a professional. As an approved SprayCork applicator, Total Trades is your trusted partner for insulating your home and enjoying the benefits of this high-performance product.

Contact Total Trades on 0333 577 1139 to arrange a quote or find out more about our cork rendering services.

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