How to Install Insulation

Frequently Asked Questions

We get it, renovating, constructing, or working on a  new or remodeled home can be very tricky and overwhelming. It is easy to overlook small but vital elements like insulation along the way with so much going on. And if you haven’t missed it, choosing the proper insulation methods is still very confusing even for some contractors. It’s logical to expect many questions about how to install insulation. 

Luckily, we’re here to answer all the questions we know many homeowners and contractors have once they start working on an insulation project. Scroll down to learn more about home insulation, how it works, and any other questions that come to mind.

How Do I Know If My Home Requires Insulation And How Much?2023-01-24T12:33:44-08:00

Every home will benefit from insulation; in most cases, people think of temperature as the main reason to insulate. There are many reasons to insulate your home professionally, such as temperature control, air quality, energy efficiency, and fire prevention. It has been proven that spray foam can improve the structural integrity of a home after being installed. The price depends on the product type. We can give you easy-to-understand estimates showing each option’s price and benefit.

How Does Insulation Help Energy Efficiency?2023-01-24T12:32:39-08:00

When you insulate your home, you improve energy efficiency by reducing unnecessary energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and the demand for non-renewable resources while providing more sustainable living conditions and saving significant sums of money. Spray foam has grown in popularity as most homeowners consider reducing their energy consumption and new laws in California made spray foam insulation mandatory in some homes.

How Does Insulation Help Home Efficiency?2023-01-24T12:33:18-08:00

Hot and cold air fluctuates when homes are inadequately insulated, increasing heating costs. This, unfortunately, affects homeowners in terms of comfort, increased costs, reduced home value, and negative environmental impact.

In many cases, homeowners spend a lot of money on improving their home efficiency with options like changing the windows. Only some know that proper insulation offers better results while being more cost-effective and energy-efficient. And, because of the precise and clean nature of the application, insulation can be placed without leaving any mess behind.

How Does Insulation Protect Your Home?2023-01-24T12:33:05-08:00

Did you know that most homes built before 1970 have little or no Insulation? Many homeowners are unaware they have zero insulation, and others don’t understand its importance. Insulation ensures: 

  • Fewer pollutants and airborne allergens
  • Less heat loss
  • Better soundproofing
  • Increased comfort in all rooms
  • Longer lifespan for heating and A/C units
  • Lower utility costs and
  • Healthier environments for everyone

There are other threats to your home that insulation can help prevent, including humidity, mold growth, and animal infestations.

What Areas Of My Home Should I Insulate?2023-01-24T12:34:05-08:00

Your home will benefit most from insulation if you install it on the roof, ceiling, walls, floors, and between stories. Ceilings and roofs are the most critical things to prioritize if you have a limited budget. Walls and floors may be next.

What Does R-Value Mean?2023-01-24T12:34:27-08:00

The R-value of insulation indicates how well it resists heat flow. An insulation system with a higher R-value will have greater insulation power.

What R-Value Do I Need?2023-01-24T12:36:30-08:00

When constructing a new building or home, the R-value is in the “Title 24” section on the blueprint. The R-value mentioned on the blueprint is the one that must be used to protect your home. If you are upgrading your insulation only, you should have more choices and flexibility. The R-value is the specific density type needed to insulate a building or home properly.

When Does Old Insulation Need To Be Replaced?2023-01-24T12:36:50-08:00

If your insulation is no longer effective at regulating temperatures inside your home, it should be replaced. Stay alert for uncomfortable indoor temperatures, difficulty heating or cooling your home, fluctuating temperatures, cold draughts, and rising power bills. If one or more of these occurs in your home, it’s under-insulated.

Why Should I Choose Vortex?2023-01-24T12:37:08-08:00

Vortex Insulation was born out of the desire to elevate the home insulation experience from a necessary chore to the feeling of comfort and pride that comes from protecting, securing, and stewarding your home and the environment. We customize our insulation techniques to each house, requiring little or no construction. For homeowners and contractors, every situation is unique. Whether you’re planning a few simple upgrades, a remodel, or even new construction, we’ve got you covered! 

We deliver a tailored, tidy, straightforward, and focused approach that keeps your home clean and insulated. The objective is to provide an excellent experience that makes the home improvement process easy through professionalism, efficiency, and attention to detail.

What Does the Process With Vortex Look Like?2023-01-24T12:37:35-08:00

The first step is understanding your goals and what you want to achieve to develop a plan together. Whether your goal is to reduce the bills, heat and cool your home efficiently, raise the home’s value, provide a comfortable atmosphere, conform with the law in California, or protect the environment, we’ll deliver the solution that exceeds your expectations.

Choosing the proper insulation methods can be confusing even for some contractors, so we created a simple system. Once we understand your goals, our free evaluation is the most effective way to identify what needs to be done at your home. We will be able to determine the next steps and which insulation techniques can be employed to achieve the desired results.

This is how it works:

  • Step 1. Your insulation goals and needs
  • Step 2. Project planning 
  • Step 3. We send you an easy-to-read estimate 
  • Step 4. When you are ready, we will collect an e-signature
  • Step 5. Schedule your project.


How Do You Determine Which Insulation Method Is Best For My Home?2023-01-24T12:37:53-08:00

The first thing we look at is your goals. We want to select the best fit for your immediate goals, then we look at the choices and see if there is one product that may give you additional benefits on top of your objectives. Next, we look at the budget to ensure we offer choices that meet your finances. Lastly, we recommend the options we are confident will be installed correctly in your home.

Are There Eco-Friendly Insulation Options?2023-01-24T12:38:08-08:00

Yes, some products are made from recycled materials repurposed into insulation.

What To Expect From The On-Site Work With The Vortex Team?2023-01-24T12:38:23-08:00

Vortex’s primary focus is ensuring a  team of well-trained, licensed professionals ready to do the job quickly and carefully.  Our customers love us because we finish insulation projects on time while leaving your home in pristine condition for your family’s arrival after only 24 hours. We promise you’ll return ready to make new memories and enjoy the comfort of a properly insulated home.

How Many People Will be On The Site?2023-01-24T12:38:42-08:00

We usually have a minimum of two people on site; the larger the project or if a specific time frame needs to be met, we can take care of any project.

Why Choose Spray Foam Insulation Method?2023-01-24T12:39:02-08:00

Spray Foam Insulation is a two-component mixture composed of an “A side” (Isocyanate) and a “B side” (Polyol resin). These two previously heated materials come from a spray gun’s tip, and the mixture reacts, forming a foam that adheres to surfaces like roofs, walls, or floors or fills cavities. This material has extraordinary physical properties that make Spray Foam Insulation one of the best materials for Insulate homes and other structures.

How Does Spray Foam Insulation Work?2023-01-24T12:39:23-08:00

Spray foam insulation is made with a mixture of liquid elements that change in form as they are applied. As the liquid travels through the gun and gets heated up, the components get ready to react and expand once they are sprayed onto the wall surface.

The expansion happens in ten seconds or less, meaning that even large areas in commercial buildings or homes with a lot of square footage can get sprayed in a matter of minutes. This means that it is easier and simpler to install than rolls of insulation. It also means that it is possible to insulate areas that would otherwise be hard to reach, like attics and ceilings. Spray foam can be the ideal kind of insulation for homes left partially finished or with exposed areas that still need to be completed to be usable.

Why Are High-Quality Professionals Vital To Installing Spray Foam Insulation?2023-01-24T12:39:40-08:00

This type of insulation requires a license since it’s almost a scientific art form. A qualified team from a licensed and insured business must professionally install it to ensure spray foam insulation is applied safely and correctly.

Since spray foam insulation expands rapidly to many times its size, any accidental application in the wrong spots can result in disaster. It takes precision and experience to apply this type of insulation properly and effectively.

What Are The Benefits Of Spray Foam Insulation?2023-01-24T12:39:58-08:00

There are many advantages to using spray foam insulation to insulate certain areas of your home or business. Spray foam insulation is one of the easiest and quickest ways to have insulation installed, and it can work just as well as more traditional forms of insulation. Because of the precise and clean nature of the application, experts can place the spray foam without leaving any mess behind. Technicians can complete insulation work very quickly using this installation method, minimizing any disruption to your business or family. With the reduced application time, you can easily install spray foam before the summer hits and your cooling costs skyrocket. You may be surprised by how little time installation can take when an expert team with the right tools and experience takes it on.

Why Is Spray Foam Insulation Beneficial To My Home Or Business?2023-01-24T12:40:21-08:00

Spray foam insulation conforms to the space it is placed in, creating a very effective energy seal with the wall or roof surface. This seal helps to preserve the temperature in your home by allowing less air to flow in and out of the walls, windows, floors, and roof. But there can also be additional benefits to you as a homeowner of having insulation in place, as it can protect against multiple kinds of damage. There are other threats to your home that insulation can help to keep at bay, like humidity, pests nesting in the area, and rodent infestations.

A qualified team from a licensed and insured business must have it professionally installed to ensure that spray foam insulation is applied safely and correctly to the appropriate area. Since spray foam insulation expands rapidly to many times its size, any accidental application in the wrong spots can result in disaster. It takes precision and experience to apply this type of insulation properly and effectively. The installer should also wear protective equipment to keep themselves safe and apply proper protection to the surrounding areas of your home.

If spray foam insulation is a product you want for your home, Vortex Insulation can help you.

What Are Other Additional Benefits Of Interest?2023-01-24T12:40:45-08:00

Here are even more of the benefits of Spray Foam Insulation:

  • Improves your home energy performance by reducing your HVAC running time
  • Your heating and cooling costs will be diminished, sometimes by more than 40 %
  • HVAC equipment can be downsized, thereby reducing construction costs
  • SPF contains no formaldehyde or ozone-depleting substances
  • Improves interior air quality by reducing indoor levels of air pollutants
  • Reduces the chances of mold growth
  • Protects your family’s health from dangerous molds, airborne pollutants, and allergens
  • Improves the structural integrity of your roof (with closed cell up to 300%)
  • Reduces insurance costs in hurricane areas
  • It makes roofs more durable by eliminating the ability of water to seep through fasteners and seams
  • Ideal for severe action of weather and water (closed cell), rated by FEMA as flood-resistant material for roofs, walls, and floors
  • It makes your house much more comfortable than any other kind of insulation, in summer or winter time
  • Avoid animal intrusion in homes by completely sealing off the attic space

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