Why A Radiant Barrier is Beneficial in an Attic Space

Your attic is more than just a dusty, spider-infested crawl space where you keep photo albums, old televisions, and furniture. It is intended to act as a barrier between the elements, the roof, and the rest of your home. The attic helps to keep your home more comfortable, whether it’s warmer in the winter or cooler in the summer. It cannot, however, achieve this without the assistance of proper insulation. Let’s look at the advantages of attic insulation and why your home deserves it. A superior Radiant Barrier Insulation Plano service manages heat in your attic space and passes it through your ceilings, allowing your home to maintain a consistent and comfortable temperature.

Benefits of Radiant Barrier for Your Roof:

A radiant barrier is a coating material that is applied to both new and old buildings to reduce summer heat gain and winter heat loss. Install a radiant barrier to your attic’s decking, truss chords, and rafters to create a barrier that will reflect radiant energy away from your home. Radiant barriers reduce heat transfer through thermal radiation across the air space between the roof deck and attic floor. Solar energy is absorbed by a roof, heating the roof sheathing and causing the underside of the roof to radiate heat downward to your home’s attic floor and ceilings. The first step in blocking radiant heat from the sun is to install a radiant barrier. The second step is to insulate your attic floor, which will prevent conductive heat flow to the rooms below. Radiant barrier products actually improve the performance of your attic insulation. It can also be used in other applications; for example, we recently installed a radiant barrier in a shop.

How Radiant Barrier Works:

Heat moves from a warm area to a cool area via conduction, convection, and radiation. Heat flows by conduction from a hotter to a colder location within a material or assembly, similar to how a spoon in a hot cup of coffee conducts heat through its handle to your hand. Convectional heat transfer occurs when a liquid or gas, such as air, is heated, becomes less dense, and rises. The liquid or gas becomes denser and falls as it cools. Radiant heat moves away from any surface in a straight line and heats anything solid that absorbs its energy. The majority of common insulation materials work by slowing conductive and, to a lesser extent, convective heat flow. Radiant barriers and reflective insulation decrease radiant heat gain. The reflective surface must face an air space in order to be useful. Dust accumulation on the reflective surface reduces its ability to reflect light. The radiant barrier should be installed in such a way that dust does not accumulate on the reflective surface.