Ivy on House good or bad?

Leon Quinn asked 10 years ago

I have some ivy on a wall of my house that has no insulation and I’m hoping it will raise the insulation level a bit and not cause dampness or damage the wall in any way. I hope keeping it trimmed and away from wood, gutters etc is enough to avoid probs?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
Ivy can have an insulating effect on housewalls. it will not damge a wall that has a sound surface but it will damage cracked plaster or loose mortar.

Ivy actually tends to shed rain water and will not cause dampness of itself, as long as the wall render and mortar are sound.  

Keep it away from gutters and tiles.