If heat is allowed to build up inside your attic, it can reduce the lifespan of the materials on your roof. Since heat moves to cooler areas, it also raises the temperature inside your house. The result is a home that needs a new roof every few years and that has higher than necessary energy bills all year long. A Radiant Barrier system can help fix this problem.
A radiant barrier works to keep your attic and home cooler by reflecting heat away from your home. Heat is not allowed to build up in the attic space, meaning that your home’s HVAC system does not have to work as hard to keep the inside of the house cool. Alpine Roofing Construction, a local Dallas roofer, has skilled technicians to evaluate your attic space and recommend the right type of barrier for your home. Best of a radiant barrier may qualify for tax incentives and rebates at the local, state, and federal levels under the current energy efficiency guidelines. More information from Energy.gov
There are three basic ways this product can be installed in an attic.
- Roof decking can have a heat barrier attached by the manufacturer. When the roof decking is replaced, this can be installed without any extra effort or special tools. Since the barrier is attached to the decking, no additional installation is needed. The barrier faces the inside of the attic.
- Insulating heat reflective sheets can be installed inside an attic by attaching them to the rafters. This is the most common type of installation. The material creates a “chute” that allows air heated by the sun’s UV rays to escape through a ridge vent, air turbine, cupola, or attic fan.
- If cost is an issue, the insulating foam can be sprayed under the rafters as a heat barrier. However, the R-value is less than the other two options, making it less energy efficient.
Your Alpine Roofing Construction roofing specialist will help you choose the right barrier for your home and your needs.
The best way to save money on energy this summer is to include a heat Radiant Barrier in your attic. Proper ventilation is also necessary to ensure the longevity of your residential roofing materials and lowering utility costs. These barriers are effective to cut energy costs by as much as 40% in both residential and commercial buildings.
If you’re ready to save money this summer, call Alpine Roofing Construction for more information and an evaluation for installing a radiant barrier in your home. We offer free estimates for all of our roofing services when you call us at 214-528-9897.