RadiantGUARD® radiant barrier and reflective insulation products are beneficial in ANY application where the goal is to CONTROL HEAT. Our reflective products are used in many industries and provide significant results when installed properly:
While researching radiant barriers and reflective insulations available in the marketplace, you will discover conflicting information, some intentionally and some unknowingly reported, causing confusion for consumers. We, at RadiantGUARD, strive to provide consumers with unbiased honest information. In a nutshell, reflective products can be very effective by using simple physics, and as with physics, they too have their limitations. Please review our website information and contact us with any questions you may have about our products or competitors claims.
Our largest market is related to saving utility costs for residential homes and commercial buildings.
A majority of the heat gain in a home comes from the ceiling above in warmer months as a result of heat transfer from an attic space:
While most homes have one of many different types of conventional insulation, conventional insulation alone cannot stop the transfer of radiant heat into living spaces. Conventional insulation is designed to absorb heat up to a certain amount. Once the conventional insulation reaches its holding capacity (saturation), the heat is then transferred completely through into the living areas below.
A RadiantGUARD® reflective foil insulation BLOCKS 97% of radiant heat transfer when placed between the roof and the living spaces below.
In today's economy with rising utility costs, people are constantly looking for cost effective ways to reduce their monthly electric bills and save money. Radiant barriers have gained a lot of attention as a result and yet very little is understood about what makes them so effective. Radiant Barrier Definition A radiant barrier (sometimes referred to as foil insulation or reflective insulation) is a thin reflective material that is designed to reflect radiant heat. For a product to be classified as a "true" radiant barrier, it must pass very specific and detailed building material tests that fall under the ATSM C1313 "Standard Specification for Sheet Radiant Barriers for Building Construction Applications." Primarilyy, ASTM C1313 classifies a product as a radiant barrier when:...
We're often asked "What is the r-value of your Ultima-FOIL radiant barrier?" The answer is simply zero because radiant barrier doesn't work like an R-Value rated product. So Exactly What Is An R-Value? Simple put, an R-Value is the measurement of an insulating or building material's ability to resist the transfer of heat through itself. As an R-Value material's thickness increases, so does the R-Value which means, the material's resistance to heat transfer is better. So, in essence, a product with a higher the R-Value is better than a similar product with a lower R-Value. Once an R-Value rated insulation reaches its absorption capacity, the insulation then starts to transmit heat from itself directly into those same areas you where you were trying to control heat....
Looking for a quick overview of the most important radiant barrier facts to separate fact from myth? Below are the top radiant barrier facts to help get you started. Want more info? See our Radiant Barrier FAQs. RadiantGUARD® radiant barriers BLOCK 97% of the radiant heat, almost 30% MORE heat than the best reflective paint. Read more about reflective radiant barrier paint. Radiant barriers do NOT have R-Values but DO increase the R-Value of your existing insulation if already in place. Read more about radiant barrier and insulation r-values. Radiant barriers MUST have at least a 3/4" air space on at least one side for them to be effective via the properties of reflectivity and/or emissivity. You cannot lay a...