Innovative Insulation has incorporated the many benefits of our Super R Plus® Radiant Barrier into a valuable and beneficial product to help improve the energy efficiency of your home. Our new Attic Stair Cover is manufactured from our proven Super R Plus® Radiant Barrier and features two layers of Super R Plus Radiant Barrier encompassing an insulating fill material. All stitched seams provide the ultimate in strength and longevity. Plus, a sewn-in zipper allows easy access and minimizes air leakage.
|Product Description||Two-sided reflecting metallized film with polyethylene woven reinforcement|
|Weight||29.5 lbs per 1000 sq ft roll|
|Tensile/Tear Strength||Length: 13.23 pounds force
Width: 13.98 pounds force
|Pliability||70°F±5°F & 50±5% Relative Humidity –
No Cracking or Delamination
|Adhesive Performance||180°F±5°F & 50% Relative Humidity –
No Bleeding or Delamination
|Flame Spread & Smoke||Class A/ Class 1
0 Flame Spread, 5 Smoke Development
ASTM Method E84-10
|Resistance to Fungi||PASS – No Growth
|Thermal Properties||EMISSIVITY: 0.05
|Standard Size||25" x 56" x 9"
Other sizes available by special order
Regardless of how much insulation you have in your attic, adding Radiant Barrier will save on your heating and cooling expense, and keep you much more comfortable. Energy savings for heating and cooling can be as much as 17%, depending on a number of factors, including climate, building configuration, materials used, site, family size and lifestyle. Your Radiant Barrier dealer has been trained to evaluate your home or business and advise you of your savings potential.
Just like a space suit, Radiant Barrier reflects the sun’s heat before it can warm up the insulation in your attic. When the insulation stays cooler, your house will stay cooler. It helps to understand how Radiant Barrier will work for you if you think of other things that work in much the same way. Astronauts’ space suits keep body heat and reflect the sun’s heat away. Thermos bottles keep hot things hot and cold things cold. They are almost perfect insulators. The tight seal and air space prohibit heat transfer by conduction and convection. The reflective surfaces inhibit radiation heat transfer. If the bottle starts out hot, it stays hot because very little heat is transferred to the cooler outside. If it starts out cold, it stays cold because very little heat is transferred from the warmer outside.
Radiant Barrier is unlike mass insulation which only slows down or resists heat transfer. Radiant Barrier reflects heat. Heat always goes cold by natural law—the problem is how to keep the heat in in the winter and how to keep it out in the summer. There are three ways in which heat goes from warm spaces to cold spaces: conduction is direct heat flow through a solid object such as a wall or a ceiling. Convection is heat movement through air, occurring when air is warmed. The warm expands, becoming less dense and rising. Radiation is the movement of heat rays across air spaces from one warm object to a cooler object. The heat we feel from a wood stove or a quartz space heater is radiant heat. All objects and bodies give off radiant heat. Even the insulation in your attic gives off radiant heat to the cold attic space in the winter, and to the living space in the summer. Regular insulation won’t stop radiant heat loss. Radiant heat must be reflected with a radiant barrier.
No. Radiant Barrier has been used extensively in the south, showing no difference in roof temperatures, as confirmed by field tests.
Just like wrapping a baked potato in aluminum foil keeps a potato warm longer by holding the heat in, covering your attic insulation with Radiant Barrier holds heat in the house. Another analogy would be that Radiant Barrier in the winter works just like a space blanket, which, although very thin and lightweight, holds your body heat in. A thin space blanket can keep you warmer than several heavy blankets.