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 877-778-2551, and we will give you a free consultation and quote and can schedule the project at a time that is convenient for you!
The Perfect Opportunity to Insulate / Reinsulate!
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:
- Have the satisfaction of knowing your home is truly "fully" remodeled instead of just part way.
- Save time, effort, and money by taking care of insulation needs at an opportune moment.
- Enjoy energy savings and the knowledge you are doing your part to "save the environment."
Get a higher selling price if you plan to list your home after remodeling it. New insulation is a big selling point!
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.
Choosing Your New Insulation Products Wisely
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:
- Fiberglass is the most affordable material and the most popular. It comes in various grades, and you can usually find fiberglass with a good enough R-value for most purposes. The spun glass of this material is impregnated with tiny plastic fibers for extra strength. It creates a great air seal and drastically curbs the movement of heat through it.
- Cellulose, made of recycled paper products (especially newspaper) is considered a very eco-responsible choice. Special additives make it resistant to fire, moisture, mold, and insects. Cellulose normally has a slightly better R-value than comparable fiberglass insulation, but it costs a little more too.
- Denim insulation is usually made from old blue jeans or cuts offs from jeans as they are manufactured at the plant. This is about as Earth-friendly an insulator as you can find. It has somewhat higher insulating ability than fiberglass at a bit higher cost. It also has chemical additives that make it resistant to fire, mold, and insects and has plastic fibers added for additional strength.
- Roxul Soundproof Insulation is made of a special "rock wool" material. The use of volcanic rock and steel slag that would otherwise be thrown away means it's a good product for the environment. It is also surprisingly lightweight and does an incredible job at insulating against both heat loss and sound permeation.
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.
Blown or Batts - Which Is Best?
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.
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.
The Insulation Process
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.
Other Related Services
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.
Why Choose Pure Eco?
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:
- A more experienced and highly trained staff.
- Superior level of customer service.
- Accurate estimates and affordable prices.
- High work ethic.
- Help in obtaining Green Energy Credits and other tax breaks and incentives.
Finding the Best Insulation Expert Near Me
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 877-778-2551 to discuss your upcoming remodel and insulation project!