The problem with bungalows

Bungalows are more often prone to damp walls, mould and condensation than houses. We look at the reasons why and what can be done to prevent it.

1. Having all rooms on one floor limits air circulation

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In dormer rooms the areas marked in blue tend to have little or no insulation

It goes without saying that bungalows, like flats, have all their rooms on a single floor. This arrangement means that it is quite difficult for air to circulate easily around your home.

Dormer bungalows, that is bungalows with bedrooms in the roof have better air circulation. However dormer rooms have their own particular problem because the vertical sections of wall in the bedrooms are almost always uninsulated and so the walls can become damp and attract condensation.

2. Bungalows may be occupied most of the day

Bungalows are often owned by people who are retired and therefore likely to spend more time in the house. The amount of humidity is directly related to the size of your family and the length of time at home.

3. Changes made to the home may restrict fresh air or increase humidity

Most bungalows have been built in the 1930's or from the mid 1950's to the 1970's. Over this period many changes may have been made that unwittingly restrict the amount of fresh air making its way into the home.

Bungalows and condensation
Bungalows are prone to condensation and mould. Home improvements often make matters worse.

We talk about the top ten changes that encourage mould here and indeed the problems we usually see with bungalows are the results of changes since they were built, for example:

  • The original wooden doors and windows have been replaced by draught-proof uPVC units
  • The original coal fire (with its draughty chimney) has been replaced with a gas fire, or the fireplace has been sealed up altogether.
  • A shower has been installed and is used every day.
  • The cavity walls have been insulated and the loft insulation has been increased..
  • uPVC soffits have been installed.

and there are many more.

Remedial action

You can see our page on tips to reduce condensation and mould but in general terms you should try to create the condions that allow air to circulate around your home.

Mould in your home might be obvious - it may be visible in the corners of rooms or there may be areas like wardrobes or bedrooms that smell stale. We can survey your home and recommend a mix of systems to bring the small but consistent background flow of air to your home.

You can see our solutions to get rid of condensation and mould and understand the causes of damp in your home with our damp home diagnoser tool.

Adequate heating and ventilation are the keys to resolving mould in your home.

  
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Too much humidity and not enough ventilation
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