Blocks up to 97% of the Sun’s Heat from Entering your Home
We all know that attics are the most important areas of heat loss in our homes. And, even though you may have fiberglass or other types of traditional attic insulation, you are still not completely protected from the wide range of outside temperatures, or, as you have probably surmised, from high power bills. One problem can be that as traditional insulation ages, its R-value is depleted due to moisture and compression, thus reducing its effectiveness in protecting against temperature extremes. Unless you have recently installed new insulation, you probably have less protection than you think.
In addition to deteriorating insulation, unless you have installed a radiant heat barrier, you are also losing energy through what is called emission, or radiant heat transfer (the transfer of heat though empty space, such as when you feel the
heat of the sun on your skin). Traditional insulation materials do not fully protect against this type of heat transfer, because their main job is to protect against the other two types: convection and conduction.
Your roof is constantly pounded by the heat of the sun during summer and the cold, rain, and wind during winter, and it doesn't take long before your traditional insulation system is unable to absorb any more of these weather extremes and becomes essentially useless. Our solar barrier, on the other hand, works as a barrier to actually reflect away, rather than absorb, the radiation that delivers heat and cold. This helps keep the temperature inside your home isolated from the outside environment, while protecting your existing insulation from deterioration, and considerably lowering your energy costs. Please email us or just give us a call to discuss the possibilty of us installing this and saving you money.
Radiant Barrier Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is a radiant barrier?
A: A radiant barrier is an energy saving material installed in the attics of homes and buildings that is excellent at reflecting heat and poor at absorbing heat.
Q: Why do you use a radiant barrier?
A: A radiant barrier is an innovative application of a high-tech material that reflects radiant heat.
Q: How does it work?
A: Radiant heat is generated by many of the things around us. In summer, the sun is the primary source of radiant energy. It heats the exterior of your home, and this heat eventually is conducted into the interior. In this case, the barrier helps keep your home cool by reflecting back the suns radiant energy and preventing heat build-up in your attic.
Q: Won’t my homes insulation do the same thing?
A: No. While insulation is extremely important, it will not stop radiant heat transfer.
Q: What kind of testing has been performed to verify this products effectiveness?
A: Independent research labs in the U.S. and Europe have tested radiant barriers and have confirmed their low emissive values (the amount of radiant heat that can pass through it). Many utility companies around the United States have validated these findings by offering significant rebates for customers that install radiant barriers - check with your energy provider to see if you qualify.
Q: How long does this product last?
A: It should give up to 25 years of service and energy savings.
Q: Does the energy-saving effect wear off over time?
A: Over time the accumulation of dust and grime on your radiant barrier will diminish its effectiveness. However, since it is installed on the underside of your roof deck, it is safe to assume that minimal dust & grime will accumulate.
Q: If I have a radiant barrier on the underside of my roof, do I still need insulation and ventilation?
A: Yes. Radiant Barriers work in combination with effective insulation and proper attic ventilation to maximize your homes energy efficiency .