Do you need to install radiant barrier insulation in your home or building? Eastern Contractor Services can help. We work with homeowners, builders and contractors to install radiant barriers for both new construction residential and retrofit home insulation projects across New Jersey, including Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Union County. Whatever your needs, we can meet them.
Benefits of Radiant Barrier Insulation
Radiant barrier is usually installed in attics so it can directly reflect sunlight. This reflective insulation helps keep your home a lot cooler and more comfortable—and helps you save on your energy bills.
Benefits of installing radiant barrier or foil insulation in your home or building include:
- Reduced energy costs
- More comfortable indoor temperatures
- Improved HVAC system performance
- And more
Stop searching for “radiant barrier insulation near me,” and contact Eastern Contractor Services today! We offer insulation services to throughout New Jersey and parts of New York!
Radiant Barrier Insulation FAQs
Still have questions regarding radiant barrier insulation? Review some of these frequently asked questions.
What is the R-value of radiant barrier insulation?
The R-value depends on the number and size of the airspaces surrounding the radiant barrier and on the direction of the heat flow. Since radiant barrier is usually installed on top of existing mass insulation, its R-value is a moot point. It is radiant barrier’s ability to reflect heat that makes it such an energy saver.
How does radiant barrier keep me warmer in the winter?
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.
If radiant barrier keeps heat in during the winter, how can it keep heat out in the summer?
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 a similar manner.
What if radiant barrier collects dust over a period of time? Will it still work?
Research institutes have studied this very issue. Most attics don’t accumulate enough dust to affect radiant barrier’s ability to save energy costs. Thousands of homes and structures have had radiant barrier installed for as long as ten years or more with no significant accumulation.
Won’t my roof get hotter when I have radiant barrier insulation in my attic?
That hasn’t been proven. Radiant barrier has been used extensively in the south, showing no difference in roof temperatures, as confirmed by field tests.
Do I have to take out my old insulation to put radiant barrier in?
No. Radiant barrier actually makes your present insulation more effective.
Where do you install radiant barrier?
Radiant barrier can be laid over your present insulation like a blanket or stapled under your rafters or crawl space.
What about foil-faced fiberglass? Isn’t it just as good as radiant barrier?
No. The foil on the fiberglass is in direct contact with the attic floor. Aluminum foil becomes more conductive when in contact with a solid surface. The air space facing the reflective surface is of primary importance.
I already have plenty of insulation in my attic. Do I need radiant barrier insulation?
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 different factors, including climate, building configuration, materials used, site, family size and lifestyle.
Has radiant barrier been tested by a qualified independent laboratory or government agency?
The Florida Solar Energy Center at Cape Canaveral has tested radiant barriers in both small scale laboratory and full scale building models. Their results indicate that radiant barriers provide significant resistance to heat transfer. Current tests conducted by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the University of Mississippi support the findings of the Florida Solar Energy Center.
Choose Eastern Contractor Services for Radiant Barrier Insulation Services Across New Jersey
At Eastern Contractor Services, we believe that properly insulating your home or business is the key to low energy costs and overall comfort. Allow us put our years of experience to work for you, and call us today for radiant barrier insulation installation services.
If we have failed to answer your question, please contact us and one of our insulation experts would be happy to explain anything regarding radiant barrier insulation. Or, you could request a quote if you need radiant barrier insulation installation in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, or Union County, New Jersey.