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Radiant Barrier Insulation

Radiant barrier insulation

Radiant barrier specialists in DFW

You have a great sense of style, so aesthetically your home is set; but you know deep down that, functionally, your home is incomplete. That's where Sachse Spray Foam comes in, as we specialize in different types of thermal protection including radiant barrier insulation. With years of experience, we can help you create the comfortable environment you deserve. Our radiant barrier insulation is an effective way to reduce heat transfer and noise, protect your investment, and curb utility costs.

Contact us today to learn more about how Spray Foam Sachse can help improve your home's energy efficiency!

What are some benefits of using radiant barrier insulation in homes or businesses?

  • Works to keep warm air in during the winter and solar radiant heat out during the summer.
  • Prevents up to 97% of solar radiation.
  • Reduces attic temperatures by up to 30ºF.
  • Improves energy efficiency and lowers utility costs, especially if HVAC and duct systems are located in the attic.

Where is radiant barrier insulation most commonly used?

From Wikipedia: According to a 2010 study by the Building Envelope Research Program of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, homes with air-conditioning duct work in the attic in the hottest climate zones, such as in the US Deep South, could benefit the most from radiant barrier interventions, with annual utility bill savings up to $150, whereas homes in milder climates, e.g., Baltimore, could see savings about half those of their southern neighbors. On the other hand, if there are no ducts or air handlers in the attic, the annual savings could be even much less, from about $12 in Miami to $5 in Baltimore. Nevertheless, a radiant barrier may still help to improve comfort and to reduce the peak air-conditioning load.

How does radiant barrier work in a roof?

According to Wikipedia, when radiant solar energy strikes a roof, heating the roofing material (shingles, tiles or roofing sheets) and roof sheathing by conduction, it causes the underside of the roof surface and the roof framing to radiate heat downward through the roof space (attic / ceiling cavity) toward the attic floor / upper ceiling surface. When a radiant barrier is placed between the roofing material and the insulation on the attic floor, much of the heat radiated from the hot roof is reflected back toward the roof and the low emissivity of the underside of the radiant barrier means that very little radiant heat is emitted downwards. This makes the top surface of the insulation cooler than it would have been without a radiant barrier and thus reduces the amount of heat that moves through the insulation into the rooms below.

Are there any disadvantages of using radiant barrier insulation vs other insulation types?

Radiant barrier by itself does not have an inherent R value. Rather, radiant barrier works in conjunction with other forms of insulation such as spray foam or batt and roll, helping to minimize thermal transfer between the roof and the interior space.

Other possible drawbacks include:

  • Dust
  • Inadequate attic ventilation
  • Increase in roof temperature

If you would like more information on our radiant barrier services, contact Sachse Spray Foam today at (469) 373-8758!

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