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What is the difference between Foil Vs. Fiber Glass?

To keep your home or business at a comfortable temperature year around, you must utilize highly efficient insulation or barrier materials for your build. Fiberglass insulation and foil barriers are two popular products used to prevent heat transfer and improve the energy efficiency of the building. Fiberglass passively blocks heat transfer due to the poor thermal conductivity characteristics of its glass fibers. Radiant barrier foil, on the other hand, actively prevents heat transfer using its thermal radiation properties. Learn more about these insulation options to identify the best one for your building.

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Radiant Barrier Installation Methods

One of the reasons our radiant barrier products are so popular with DIY homeowners and professional radiant barrier installers is that they are inexpensive and easy to install. Installation methods include radiant barrier draped over the rafters, applied directly to the roof sheathing, stapling to the bottom of the rafters, and even laying radiant barrier on top of the attic floor insulation. Some of these installation methods are preferred over others, but all have sufficient research and testing to demonstrate their performance. The installation method that is right for you may depend on many factors like climate, roof pitch, attic height, construction stage, and even the location of your ducts and HVAC equipment.

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Your Radiant Barrier Resource

There are several myths and misconceptions about radiant barrier. Being the world’s largest manufacturer of radiant barrier, we at Innovative Insulation feel it is our responsibility to provide you with accurate, truthful information about radiant barrier and the benefits it can bring. We started this blog as way for us address myths and misconceptions about radiant barrier and provide you answer your questions that you can trust.

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What to Look for When Moving into Your New Home

Moving into a new home can be a very exciting time. Unfortunately, with all the hustle and bustle involved, it’s easy to overlook some of the important things you should be looking for during your move. By checking for a few potential problems, you can save yourself significant time and money in the future.

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How Radiant Barrier Works

It can be hard to wrap your head around how a thin sheet of reflective material resembling kitchen foil can make a such a big difference in blocking heat transfer, but radiant barrier works.

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How Radiant Barrier Affects the Temperature of Roof Shingles

Black asphalt roof shingles absorb over 90% of the radiant heat that strikes them, making them easily over 170 degrees on a hot summer day. A radiant barrier continues to be an excellent solution to block that heat before it enters your living space, but many DIY homeowners and even some professional installers question whether the radiant barrier reflecting the heat back up can actually make the roof shingle much hotter.

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How Radiant Barrier Works in Warm Climates

Whether you live in a warm weather climate or a climate so hot that you can fry an egg on the sidewalk, radiant barrier can provide you with huge energy saving and cooling benefits to your home. In fact, studies show some of the greatest reductions in heat transfer come from homes in warm climates with radiant barrier during the hot summer months.

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