Even despite the Northridge Quake of the 90's and the great concern of local residents with being up to date and eco-friendly, there are many homes in Northridge and northern Los Angeles that date from a time when tight insulation was not a major concern.
Today, however, energy costs and environmental concerns alike demand that our attics, walls, and crawlspaces being properly insulated and ventilated.
At Pure Eco, we offer Northridge, CA, residents fast, effective, and affordable solutions to improve their home's energy efficiency and to keep out unwanted rodents and pests. We have been serving the local community for many years and are deeply familiar with the specific problems frequently encountered in upgrading Northridge homes, and we have developed solutions that solve those problems as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
Our Offered Services
We at Pure Eco offer area residents a wide variety of services designed to transform old or under-protected homes into veritable epitomes of energy conservation and eco-responsibility.
Here are our main (but by no means our only) services:
- Preparing Your Attic for Insulation
Of course, we can also insulate any other area of your house, but as attics are often un- or under- insulated and are the major "escape route" of heat from your home, we focus here on attic insulation.
The first step is to inspect your attic for air leaks and to seal off all cracks and leakage points. Our insulation experts can identify air leaks visually, with a flashlight, and by use of a blower door and/or a fog machine.
Sunken or dusty batts are a major sign of an air leak, and it is also common for leaks to be located near vents, up against chimneys, and around the attic access hatch. We will seal all small holes/cracks, weather-strip your access hatch, and plug all other leaks to prepare your attic for new insulation.
We may need to cover major openings with OSB board, ordinary plywood, or rock sheet. Special foiled material (poly-iso-cyanurate) may be best in some locations. Metal sheeting with heat-resistant caulk is recommended to insulate around chimneys.
In most cases, unused chimneys should be removed since they create a "thermal bridge" to siphon heat out of your home.
Another problem occurs when drywall installers failed to seal the top plate with adhesive, allowing air to escape along the crack where the lower wall connects with the attic. We can seal it and eliminate that problem.
And finally, if your attic contains asbestos-containing materials, such as vermiculite insulation, which you want removed, we can safely remove it for you before re-insulating.
- Insulating Your Attic
Once all the prep work has been completed, it's time to install the insulation. It is critical that insulation be installed properly, or the results will be far from optimal. We at Pure Eco understand how to ensure insulation will perform at its highest possible level. We are careful to leave not gaps or weak points that would compromise the overall insulation shield.
We offer all three major types of insulation, and many sub-varieties. Our workers have experience with practically any brand or specific insulation product you can name, and we can use any product you prefer.
That said, here are the three main insulation types and their major advantages:
Batts are large, long pieces of rolled-out insulation with a paper backing. The pieces are made to adhere to each other at the joints. The fibers themselves are normally of fiberglass or cotton.
Cotton batts are typically manufactured from recycled jeans, which makes them the more eco-friendly. But both fiberglass and cotton function at about the same performance level.
Batts are much-used because they are inexpensive, and they can be adequate in some situations. But their major drawback is they often fail to fill in spaces fully and thus maximize the insulating effect.
To fill in spaces more effectively on your attic floor, blown insulation is a great solution. Our insulation trucks, blowers, and hoses can deliver well compacted pieces of blown insulation direct to the desired location.
Fiberglass and cellulose are the main varieties of blown-in insulation. Both work about as well. Cellulose is made from old newspapers, while fiberglass is made from an abundant natural resource (sand.)
At Pure Eco, we will lay down your blown insulation quickly, without a mess, and ensure it covers the whole floor surface without leaving any gaps.
- Radiant Barriers
Besides insulation, another way to improve energy efficiency in your attic/home is by installing a radiant barrier on your attic ceiling (directly below the roofline.)
While improving ventilation and insulation in your attic helps in controlling heat conduction and convection, a radiant barrier will reflect radiated heat away from your home. This prevents excessive heat build-up during the hot summer months and lowers your cooling bill.
It is important that professionals install the radiant barrier so that dust accumulation will be minimal, even many years later, since dust on the reflective surface hurts the effectiveness of the radiant barrier.
Normally, the barrier uses an aluminum foil surface, often in multiple layers with other materials intervening. And there are built-in guards against air infiltration, which could otherwise diminish the radiant barrier's effects.
At Pure Eco, we are familiar with the various radiant barriers on the market today. We can help you choose the one that's right for you and install it in full accord with the manufacturer's recommendations.
- Rodent-proofing Your Attic and Roof
One final service we will mention here is that of "rodent-proofing." Mice, rats, bats, and other animals sneaking into your attic and taking up residence there is problematic to say the least. Not only are they a menace when you venture up into your attic, but they can spread from the attic to other parts of your house.
To rodent proof your attic, we do much the same inspection work as with seeking out air leaks. But we may need to plug certain holes with stronger barriers that will keep out animals, even those that would wish to claw or bite their way in.
We will also, if necessary, identify any openings or weak spots on your roof, and seal off all those potential entry points. Additionally, vent covers and chimney caps will keep animals out. And by cutting back overhanging tree branches, mice, squirrels, and other pests can be discouraged from even setting foot on your roof.
Finally, we can also assist in setting up traps to catch rodents or other pests already in your attic.
What Sets Pure Eco Apart From the Competition?
- At Pure Eco, we realize that Northridge residents have many options when looking to air seal, insulate, or otherwise upgrade their attics or other parts of their homes.
- We set ourselves apart from the competition by our firm commitment to excellence in all that we do and our long track record of 100% customer satisfaction.
- We have been serving the Northridge community for over a decade, and we have developed a reputation as trustworthy, highly skilled experts in our field.
- We offer customized solutions to all of your insulation and related problems. We listen to you, explain to you your options, and help your make a decision you will be happy with for years to come.
- We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured. And feel free to check our contractor's license at this link.
- We offer free estimates that are as accurate as possible and on the basis of which you can plan and budget.
- We also can connect you with applicable federal, state, and/or local incentive programs for making energy efficiency improvements to your home. This can often save you a good deal of money.
Feel free to read what our past clients are saying about us in our Yelp and other reviews. We are confident you will find our reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to the opportunity to prove to you the accuracy of those positive reviews.
To learn more about our Los Angeles insulation call for a free initial estimate, call us today at 877-778-2551.