Should You Invest in a Radiant Barrier for Your Roof?

Radiant BarrierThe roof is one of the primary areas to explore when it comes to home energy conservation. Aside from insulation, you can improve energy efficiency by installing a radiant barrier for deflecting heat away from your home. This is an investment that will not only save you money but also keep you cozy in the winter.

What Is a Radiant Barrier?

A radiant barrier is made from reflective material, such as aluminum, which is attached to oriented strand boards or Kraft paper. The barrier deflects sunrays, preventing heat from accumulating in the attic.

In the winter, a radiant barrier keeps the home warm by retaining heat. It’s the same way wrapping a baked potato in tinfoil keeps it warm.

A radiant barrier works WITH your existing insulation. There is no need to have the insulation blankets or rigid foam removed. The two are completely separate components. Your roofer installs a radiant barrier over the insulation like a blanket or staples it under the crawl space or rafters.

Also, unlike insulation, radiant barriers in themselves do not have R-values since they deflect heat instead of absorbing it.

What the Studies Show

Multiple independent laboratory testing sites—including the Florida Solar Energy Center, University of Mississippi, and the Tennessee Valley Authority—have subjected radiant barriers to significant testing.

Northeastern Illinois University engaged in special winter testing. The results there showed that radiant barriers prevented significant heat transfer in residential and commercial roofs. In addition, radiant barriers have also proved to reduce summer ceiling heat gains by 16% to 42%.

We’ll Handle the Installation

Contact Urbizo Bros Roofing to have your attic fitted with a radiant barrier. This is among the many services we provide aside from roofing installation and maintenance. Radiant barriers are only effective if installed the right way; this is no DIY task.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Roofing Insulation and Radiant Barrier Installation

Quality roof replacement & repair in Edmonds, Seattle, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mercer Island, Mukilteo & South Everett