Radiant Barrier and reflective insulation are becoming more and more popular for helping keep houses cooler in the summer. Most of the heat entering a home comes from the roof as anyone who has been in an attic in the summer will attest too. This heat can be absorbed by normal insulation and as the insulation heats up, it transfers that heat into your home. Whereas standard insulation normally only helps to reduce conductive heat flow, radiant barriers work by reflecting the heat from the roof which helps keep insulation cooler.
Radiant barriers resemble aluminum foil and it’s their reflective property that helps keep insulation and your home cooler. They can come in different forms such as foil, reflective laminate, roof sheathing and metal roof shingles although we find the foil-type to be most effective.
If you are looking for more effective ways to keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter, contact the insulation professionals at Banker Insulation.