When you decide it's time to remodel your home, you are faced with a long checklist of important items not to be overlooked -and somewhere near the top of that list should be maximizing your home's energy efficiency level by project's end.
Los Angeles and Southern California have an abundance of older homes that were not built at the standards of energy efficiency that prevail today -and in some cases, the current insulation is inadequate or even absent. Rather than continuing to lose money month on month via high energy bills, why not take advantage of the fact you're in the midst of remodeling and take care of your insulation needs as well?
At Pure Eco, we have been helping homeowners insulate their homes for the maximum efficiency and long-terms avings for many years, and we stand ready to assist you with your insulation for your home remodel job as well. Contact us today by calling (877) 870-7998, and we will give you a free consultation and quote and can schedule the project at a time that is convenient for you!
Are you already planning on opening up walls, ceilings, or floors during a remodeling project? Or are you scheduling to build an addition onto your home? Or maybe you simply are tackling numerous longstanding deficiencies with your home in the weeks or months ahead.
These are all golden opportunities to insulate or reinsulate your building from top to bottom! There are a number of good reasons why it makes sense to invest in professional insulation installation services as part of your remodel project:
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A home without any insulation in it will leak air profusely, and a leaky building equals a leaky budget. Also, a home with old, dirty, molding, or otherwise damaged and inefficient insulation is not going to measure up to the R-value listed on the insulation product's label. The condition of the product and the presence of air leaks greatly affect the "real R value." An insulate replacement job can fix that.
First of all, to know how much insulation you need and where, you need to inspect the entire house. A full energy audit will include this, and we can handle it for you if you don't want to do it yourself. But, if you take a look in your attic, basement, crawlspace, garage, and anywhere insulation is exposed; and then find information on a blueprint or from the builder or public records that specifies where you have insulation inside of walls and ceilings, how much, and what kind.
Otherwise, again, this can be professionally done. But after turning the power safely off, insulation inside of walls can be examined by removing outlets or outlet covers at least and then probing in through the outlet hole to the interior wall behind.
Your insulation inspection will involve measuring the depth of any blown in insulation you have as well as examining the condition and material of all insulation present. The optimal R-value will be determined for your climate zone and then compared to the actual estimated R-value your home currently has.
Choosing materials for insulation is the next step. There are several major options:
It may seem difficult to select the right insulation product for your home, but one of our experts can help you assess the pros and cons of each material and brand in detail over the phone or in person. We can help match the product to your exact needs and expectations.
There are two major forms in which almost all insulation products on the modern market come -batts or loose fill (blown in) insulation. Knowing which one to choose in each situation will help you get the most out of your insulation investment.
Batts insulation is made to fit snugly between standard-spaced wall studs, ceiling/floor timbers, and roof joists. Attic ceilings are usually done in batts -but if your attic rafters are not thick enough to ordinary hold batts with a high enough R-value, then you can get higher density batts instead and/or add "furring strips" to the exposed ends of the rafters.
In crawlspaces, batts with plastic sheeting over them is often a good choice. The extra plastic protection may be necessary due to the excessive moisture (potentially) that insulation could be exposed to in a crawlspace or basement. When constructing an addition or if you are already opening up things up anyway, it makes sense to use batts insulation inside walls, ceilings, and floors in remodel jobs.
However, there are other situations where loose fill products make more sense. For example, insulation is usually blown in for attic floors. The small particles simply form a blanket that covers the surface evenly and compactly. For insulating walls and ceilings in old homes, where you don't want to rip up the drywall, the solution is the have small holes drilled in strategic locations and then blow in loose insulation. The holes can then be repaired to look like new.
Anywhere where you are not covering standard sized spaces, batts can become problematic and loose fill is often preferred. You can get batts in several sizes and cut small pieces to exact shape and size, but you can't squish batts into small, odd-shaped crevices if you want good insulating power. So, that is a situation where loose fill is often the best answer. Anywhere where you are not covering standard sized spaces, batts can become problematic and loose fill is often preferred. You can get batts in several sizes and cut small pieces to exact shape and size, but you can't squish batts into small, odd-shaped crevices if you want good insulating power. So, that is a situation where loose fill is often the best answer.
Finally, we mention that for cathedral ceilings, you need to leave a space between ceiling and roof deck for the insulation to fit -and it should normally be foil faced batts insulation. It's best to use a 30 R-value or higher insulation in this case for best results.
It's not enough to choose the right material and enough of it, but for optimal insulation power you also need all products to be installed smartly and in accord with manufacturer's instructions. You can lose 30% or more of R-value if insulation is improperly installed -which can cost you thousands of dollars over the long term in the form of higher electric bills.
After an initial inspection and the gathering of all the materials and tools for the task at hand, the first step before insulating is to check for air leaks. All leaks and drafts must be plugged in a process called "air sealing" or the insulation will be much less effective. We use air blowers and other tools and special techniques to locate air leaks and then stop them with sealants, barriers, vent caps on the rooftop, sheet metal and fire-resistant sealants around in-attic chimneys, and weather stripping around attic hatches.
If old insulation needs to be removed, it will be disposed of without making a big mess. Sometimes, it is possible to just go over the top of existing insulation in order to add extra R-value; while other times, insulation is too badly damaged to be salvaged.
Batts insulation is installed by cutting it to size and snugly placing it between studs or rafters. Staples or nails hold the overlapping paper flaps in place on the wood. Small pieces may need to be cut for irregular spaces, and plastic wrap is occasionally used over the top of the area insulated in batts to keep away moisture and/or rodents and insects.
Loose fill insulation is blown in through a tube from a blower truck. The blower machine pushes the material into the building, while a worker on the inside aims the hose to ensure full, even, and compact coverage of the area. We can access any spot in the whole building with blown insulation.
While working with insulation, especially with fiberglass material, it is best to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts, gloves, safety glasses, a face mask, and full body protection. When done right, new insulation can be correctly installed in any part of your home in a reasonable amount of time with minimal disruption and without leaving a mess.
There may be other services you want to get done at the same time that your new insulation is installed. For one thing, you should air seal before putting insulation in -and you may even want to air seal without installing insulation or put the old insulation back after air sealing in some cases.
Attic cleaning and crawlspace cleaning are often preliminary to insulating those extreme ends of your home. This can eliminate mold and mildew, rodent feces, excess moisture, and useless clutter and litter. Rat proofing your attic is also a service we offer -and as many rodents get into the home through the attic, sealing off all their entry points there is a wise move.
Installing new vents and ducts, or cleaning old ones, can boost your home's ventilation process and improve the quality of indoor air. Putting in a new attic fan can do the same. Put in a new UV cleanser or air scrubber and you can make the air you and your family breathe from day to day even more "spic and span."
Finally, you might also want to consider adding a radiant barrier to your attic ceiling. Radiant barriers reflect radiant heat from the sun back out through your roof so it doesn't build up in your attic and ultimately infiltrate your living spaces below, making them more difficult to cool during those hot L.A. summers.
It's no secret that there are numerous insulation and home energy efficiency companies in the Los Angeles Area, but Pure Eco has built up a stand-out reputation in the midst of such stiff competition. What sets us apart?
Here are some of the most important factors:
Don't trust your building's energy efficiency and R-value to anything less than the most experienced, tried and proved insulation company in the L.A. Area. Choosing the right material and form of insulation and installing it in the most effective way possible will have a huge impact on your home energy bills and your home's eco-friendliness going forward.
At Pure Eco, we have the expertise and dedication to excellence necessary to ensure you get the most out of your new insulation. Contact our Los Angeles Insulation today by calling (877) 870-7998 to discuss your upcoming remodel and insulation project!
I already had my main attic done last year by a different company that did not do what they said they would and ended up damaging my ceiling. Decided to go with a different company this time around for a smaller attic of an addition that isn’t directly connected to the main attic.
The attic had no insulation at all (built in the 1930s). It needed debris vacuumed out, rodent proofing, and R-38 batt insulation.
After getting quotes from several folks, decided to go with Pure Eco. Quick turnaround, reasonably priced, good professional crew lead by Martin, and clear communication through my assigned contact Jasmine. Discussion and quote was based on photos I took. Contract and payment was handled all through e-doc services. And they made sure to give me an overview of the work done before leaving. The difference in temperature was a noticeable improvement that night.
Our home needed some serious insulation and duct work done. It was awful and quite old (the insulation shrunk to approximately 3″). We called three companies for a quote, and we only saw two. We decided to go with them, before seeing the third, because of the amazing deal they offered and because they would be able to do it immediately. Ben was our sales guy and he was more than helpful and extremely knowledgeable. He made sure to inform us that they are licensed, bonded, and have workers’ compensation insurance, which kept me at ease.
The following day was the installation. Ben told us that they would be there from 8AM – 7PM (latest). They arrived on time, and completed the job by 3PM!!! I was shocked and thoroughly pleased. William, the supervisor of our job, was extremely friendly, and his crew was very professional. They cleaned up their mess; it looked as clean as when they arrived.
I highly recommend them and think that anyone that uses them will do so as well. Hi
I am a firm believer in referrals from friends when it comes to anything for my home and this company was a good referral for sure. My husband and I love Pure Eco and would definitely recommend them to everyone.
They have very professional installers and managers. Everything went smoothly from the scheduling to the end of the job. They use new machines and trucks (I tend to judge a book by it’s cover, unfortunately).
We had them replace our duct system and they installed Radiant barrier. They came in and did their job and left with no mess behind. Definitely give them a try!
We recently bought a house in Canyon Country and the garage was completely exposed and got extremely hot this time of year. When it was 90 degrees outside, the garage was well over 100 degrees. I got quotes from about a half dozen companies but was the most impressed with Pure Eco, especially their representative Sara. She was very helpful and she worked with me on the quote and gave me a lot of of great suggestions as to the best way to get our garage as cool as possible while staying within our limited budget. She recommended insulating the ceiling and front gable and then putting in radiant barrier. Her team came out and did the job in one afternoon and cleaned up afterwards. And now our garage is a LOT cooler. I can definitely recommend Pure Eco.