Even despite the Northridge Quake of the 90s and the great concern of 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 attic insulation was not a major concern.
Today, however, energy costs and environmental concerns alike demand that our attics, walls, and crawlspaces be properly insulated and ventilated.
The experienced team at Pure Eco offers residents of Northridge, CA fast, effective, and affordable insulation installation solutions to improve their home's energy efficiency and keep out unwanted rodents and pests.
As a reliable insulation contractor, we have been serving the local community for many years and are deeply familiar with the specific insulation problems frequently encountered in upgrading Northridge homes. Thus, we have developed solutions that solve those problems as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.