attic insulation

  • Can you use Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Kitchen Foil as Attic Insulation?

    The jury is still out but we are getting a little closer to an answer!

    Well, we heard some folks were doing this, installing Reynolds wrap aluminum kitchen foil in their attic to block radiant heat and we wanted to learn more. So almost 4 years ago, June 2010 we put out a blog post offering a free roll of insulation for anyone who would share details of insulating an attic with Reynolds wrap kitchen foil. Out of nowhere EJ contacted us a week ago and wanted to redeem the free product offer.

    Below (in italics) is the description of why he chose to insulate his attic with kitchen foil instead of a radiant barrier. After reading the email, it is clear that EJ understands exactly how reflective insulation works. Although we would stick with our insulation, we now understand why someone would think to pursue the kitchen foil route.

    Thank you EJ for submitting this. Please visit and comment on how the kitchen foil is working as well as the radiant barrier we are sending.

    "Here are a few pictures I took with my phone. The foil's shine confuses my camera's flash. I'm a retired engineer, I have a HVAC master license and have alot experience with energy audits. This part of my house was built in 1954. About 10 years ago we did a spray in radiant barrier Low/mit-2 and insulated to R-38. This helped considerably with overall electrical usage and temperature variances in the house.

    5 years ago we added on an additional 1800 square feet. The newer tighter construction reveals some deficiencies in the old house. What bugs me most is how quickly the bedrooms heat up. I was doing more research on radiant barrier exterior paint additives and started reading about the advantages of foil (and its air gap) vs. paint on barrier. I believe low/mit-2 tests at 77% reflectance vs. foil at 98%. While this is a significant difference, in my situation of already having a paint on barrier I felt the payback in upgrading to a true foil barrier like yours might be too far down the road. However I saw little harm in buying several rolls of kitchen foil and spending an afternoon crawling through my attic. It hasn't been hot long enough this year for comparison.

    From experience and theory I'm sure there will be some gains from the channeling and convection effect of the foil and my ridge vent. I would wager there might even be a slightly better advantage with your product because of your bubble wrap you do have a slight R-value keeping the roof side air warmer that should cause a better drafting effect. I did my foil job in March, and just found your site via google in May while looking around to see if anyone else has tried the kitchen foil idea." 

    Thanks! EJ (name changed pursuant to privacy policy)

  • InfraStop® IS 24" Radiant Barrier - Newport, North Carolina

    This customer was interested in increasing his energy efficiency in his truss built attic in Newport, North Carolina. He choose InfraStop® IS for the 24" width which made it easy to install the insulation from the ridge to the eaves while going truss to truss. As you look at the pictures you will also notice HVAC duct lines running in the attic. This is very commonplace in certain areas of the country that are not prone to freezing temperatures. Notice the reflective duct wrap on the lines as this is definitely qualifies as an unconditioned attic space.

    The customer also upgraded and used spray foam insulation on the attic floor to replace the few inches of blown in fiberglass that was there from years before. The new attic, properly insulated with both a radiant barrier and conductive/convective heat stopping spray foam insulation is certainly much more efficient and will make the home more comfortable in both the heating and cooling seasons. Read more details on the temperature change noticed by the customer by clicking on the picture to see all the pictures pertaining to this project.

  • Air Sealing and Insulating Your Home

    As a homeowner, it is important you understand the basic points about sealing and insulating the shell or building envelope of your home. This weatherization strategy is always important and in some homes, can be as important as insulation itself.

    Tests have shown over and over that insulation works best and the performance is most optimal when there has been none to start with. Adding more material to an already insulated space produces less dramatic results. In outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors, and floors air sealing is often the most cost effective way to improve every efficiency and comfort. Check out this link to see the DIY Air Seal Brochure by Energy Star®. This guide also includes information about adding more attic ventilation.

    Maximizing the return on your weatherization investments means you should have a good understanding of your specific building and what can be done to improve its energy efficiency. Every building is different. This brochure is a good starting point to understanding how air sealing works with insulation and ventilation to complete your home's weatherization package.

  • Shop for Attic Radiant Barriers Online

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    InsulationStop's Attic Radiant Barrier Foil

    Attics are the primary source of heat transfer in a home. The overhead sun constantly emits radiant heat that hits the roof and is absorbed into the attic. As the attic temperatures rise, more radiant heat is absorbed and transferred by the ceiling above down to you and into your living space.

    You can stop this transfer of radiant heat however. Aluminum is one of the most highly reflective materials on Earth. Radiant barriers are highly reflective sheets of aluminum foil woven to a mesh or scrim for thickness, strength, and durability. Installed correctly, and they can lower your attic temperature up to 30 degrees.

    At, we supply the BEST radiant barrier on the market at the LOWEST price. Our attic radiant barrier is Energy Star Approved and at a 5 mil Thickness and over 28 lbs. Weight (per 1000 sq ft), it is the strongest in the industry.

    Attic Installation Methods

    Attic Radiant Barrier Foil Insulation Roof InstallationAttic Radiant Barrier Foil Insulation Tall Attic Installation
    Attic Radiant Barrier Foil Insulation Floor InstallationAttic Radiant Barrier Foil Insulation Attic Floor Over Existing Insulation

    Measuring How Much Radiant Barrier Insulation You Need


    If you are planning on installing the radiant barrier on the attic floor you only need to measure for the square footage you intend to insulate. If you are stapling the insulation to the rafters you need to account for the pitch of the roof. First measure your attic square footage. Then determine the pitch or slope of your roof. Use table to find your Pitch Factor. Multiply the Square Footage x Your Pitch Factor = Square Footage of Radiant Barrier Required. Don’t forget to include any gable or other end walls. They will need to be insulated as well.

    Attic Radiant Barrier Foil Insulation Pitch Factor


    Discounts Taken at Checkout Page
    Square FeetDiscount
    500-1500Everyday Low Price
    2000-5000$5.00 off per roll
    5000-9000$10 off per roll
    Above 10,000Call for pricing
    *Discounts for Radiant Barrier Products Only

    Our Attic Radiant Barrier ships fast via UPS. Your order will ship within 24-48 hours, some times the same day. Attic Radiant Barrier ships in a protective box ensuring it arrives in great condition. For discounts on multiple rolls purchased, they price will automatically be reflected in the shopping cart.

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    InsulationStop's Attic Radiant Barrier Foil Specifications

    Attic Radiant Barrier Foil Insulation 28lbs
    Attic Radiant Barrier Foil Insulation Energy Star


    • Standard Size: 16", 24" and 48" wide by 125 or 250 ft long
    • Double Sided Radiant Barrier
    • ENERGY STAR® Qualified
    • Contains metalized film with polyethylene reinforcement
    • Emissivity: 0.05 (ASTM C1371-04a)
    • Reflectivity: 95% (ASTM C1371-04a)
    • Class A / Class 1 Fire Rating (ASTM E04-10)
    • Flame Spread: 0 (ASTM 084-10)
    • Smoke Development: 5 (ASTM E84-10)
    • Clean and Non-Tonic
    • Corrosivity: 100% Humidity, PASS (ASTM D3310-00)
    • Mold and Mildew: No Growth (ASTM C1338)
    • Water Vapor Permeability: 6.3 perms (ASTM E96-05)
    • Thickness: 5 mil
    • Weight: 29.95 lbs / 1000sf roll
    • Shear/Tear Strength (Length): 13,23 lb of force (ASTM 02261)
    • Shear/Tear Strength (Width): 13.98 lb of force (ASTM 02261)

    Code Approvals

    • Meets EPA standards for sheet radiant barriers
    • Meets California Insulation Standards

    2 Radiant Barrier New Construction Applications

    As long as Radiant Barriers have an airspace on at least one side they are extremely effective at blocking radiant heat. These two applications are for new construction applications where the radiant barrier will be installed as the roof is installed (left) or when a batten style roof is used for various roofing materials (right). On both applications a suitable airspace is achieved for the radiant barrier to have maximum effectiveness.

    Here are 2 more roofing applications for our Attic Radiant Barrier Foil.

    Attic Radiant Barrier Foil Insulation New Construction

    Some Notes on Ventilation & Air Sealing

    Ventilation/Air Sealing

    An often overlooked area is attic ventilation. This is a very important component to a healthy, efficient attic. This section deals with the different types of attic ventilation and some key concepts to help you better understand how your particular attic ventilates itself so you can save even more on your energy costs, prolong the life of your structure, and live more comfortably.

    The two major reasons for attic ventilation is temperature and moisture control. Controlling temperature in the hot months results in lower cooling costs. This is why our attic radiant barriers are effective. They lower the temperature in your attic. This allows less radiant heat into your home. Attic ventilation is just as important. You can also lower your attic temperature by having the correct ventilation. The other reason for attic ventilation is the control of moisture. Moisture that is produced in the home may travel into the attic. This is most prevalent in kitchens and bathrooms. If this moisture can not escape the attic it can condense. This is what causes wood rot, mold growth, and insulation to deteriorate.

    The two ways to accomplish attic ventilation is by natural ventilation methods or by power ventilation. First let’s discuss natural ventilation. This is the most common method for most homes built within the last forty years. It’s also the most energy-efficient because it works on proven principles. As air becomes warmer it becomes less dense and rises. Also, wind movement around a home creates areas of different pressure. This is how the common ridge and soffit vent system works. If a spaces air inlets or soffits are lower than the air outlets, natural ventilation will occur. The larger the distance between the soffits and ridge vent or inlets and outlets are, the greater the rate of ventilation will be. This is why soffits are on the lowest portion of the roof and the ridge vent is at the highest point. In absence of a ridge vent, other outlet vents such as gable end louvers, and passive roof or turbine vents can be used for natural ventilation. Keep the net area of all the inlet vents and outlet vents the same. Add more vents where appropriate.

    Power ventilation can be accomplished in two general ways. The first is the whole house fan. These fans are usually mounted in a central area or a main hallway. When in operation, outside air is pulled through open windows and exhausted through the attic. Using the correct amount of outlet vents ensures there is no pressure build up in the attic and the fan will run optimally. The second is for attic ventilators that exhaust either through the roof or through the gable. This system also works well with soffits or other air inlets and should be installed at the soffit area or if no roof overhang exists, in the opposite gable. A benefit of powered ventilation is they provide excellent ventilation even with no wind.

    A good rule of thumb is the better insulated the attic; the less power ventilation will help. However, some attics cannot be insulated well or cannot be ventilated using natural methods. For these, powered ventilation is needed for temperature and moisture control.

     Thanks for shopping at the InsulationStop, your leader in attic radiant barrier and reflective foil insulation.
  • Reflecting Summer Heat & Saving Money

    With the extreme heat this summer, this short post describes our radiant barrier attic insulation and how for a minimal investment you can go a long way to having a cooler home and less AC bills.
  • Tips for Staying Cool While Insulating Attics

    Attic temperatures can reach up to 135°. The post includes some quick tips from the InsulationStop to help keep you cool.
  • InsulationStop New Attic Radiant Barrier Foil

    Welcome to the official introduction of our new line of attic radiant barriers. In order to fulfill our pledge of providing you with the best insulation at the best prices, we are pleased to introduce our new line of foil, Attic Radiant Barrier Maximum.

    At a 28 lb. weight per 1,000 square feet is the strongest weight available on the market. It's strong enough for any residential or commercial project and will not tear making installation much easier. It's also energy star approved.

    It's available in either perforated or non-perforated. Attic Radiant Barrier Max ships fast via UPS, sometimes the same day of order. Delivery to anywhere in the country is usually within 4 business days.

    Our RB Max Foil ships "Free" so the price you see online is the price you pay. Additional discounts are given for multi-roll orders.

    RB Maximum is offered in the following sizes for any general purpose or attic radiant barrier insulation application.

    48" x 250' PerforatedInsulationStop Heavy Duty Radiant Barriers 48" x 250' Non-Perforated 48" x 125' Perforated 48" x 125' Non-Perforated 26" x 250' Perforated 24" x 250' Perforated 24" x 250' Non-Perforated 24" x 125' Perforated 18" x 250' Perforated 16" x 250' Perforated 16" x 250' Non-Perforated

    Click on this link for our Attic Radiant Barrier Foil Insulation Category Page. On this page are videos and illustrations as well as our products to better help you understand your attic how to properly insulate.

  • Attic Foil Insulation, Radiant Barrier Sale

    Are you planning an attic insulation project? Don't forget to include theRadiant Barrier Attic Foil Closeup radiant barrier. And, at these prices we are making it as affordable as possible to get the energy savings you are looking for.

    Ventilation, the appropriate amount of fiberglass, and some foil insulation are a sure fire recipe for a healthy, energy efficient attic. This radiant barrier has been designed for use in attics. It's strong but flexible makingRadiant Barrier Attic Foil installation easy. It's perforated to allow for necessary moisture transfer and best of all, it's priced to sell.

    You will not find a lower delivered cost anywhere. We offer Free Shipping on our entire selection of radiant barrier and foil bubble insulation products. If you find a lower, delivered cost on the same product we will match that price plus an additional 5%.

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  • Adding Attic Insulation, Don't Forget the Radiant Barrier

    Read any energy saving article and you're sure to be reminded to add more attic insulation. Now that the focus is on energy savings, most homes, even ones built just a few years ago are now considered under insulated. Take a look at the Department of Energy's web site. They have a zip code calculator that gives recommended ratings for fiberglass insulation depending on your location.

    Here comes the reflective foil insulation. If you are going up in your attic to add more insulation you are obviously concerned about your energy bills or making your home as efficient as possible. Don't come down from the attic without installing a radiant barrier. An attic radiant barrier will save you an extra 15% on your monthly utility bill.

    Let's run some quick numbers. If your monthly heating or cooling bill is $200, the addition of a radiant barrier saving you 15% energy usage is $30 per month. That is $360 per year. For this amount you can insulate a 2000 square foot home. You will get a return on your investment in as little as one year. For larger homes, the monthly energy cost is more and therefore the savings. The ROI is still about a year.

    From the practical side, you have already decided to invest in your home. You are already going to be working in the attic. Make sure to go the extra distance and insulate as effectively as possible. You'll save thousands while you own your home, increase the effectiveness of the fiberglass insulation, and create a barrier to control the transfer or radiant heat.

  • Radiant Barrier Sale, Attic Foil Insulation

    Are you planning on insulating your attic this year? Are you installing a radiant barrier? For two weeks, until April 1st, we've lowered the price on our attic radiant barrier insulation. Call it our Spring Attic Insulation Sale! Don't forget, we offer Free Shipping as well.

    Our attic insulation is a perforated sheet of woven polyethylene bonded between two sheets of highly reflective aluminum. It's strong and very flexible making installation easy. The roll is 500 square feet, measuring 48" x 125'.

    The only insulation that stops radiant heat effectively is a radiant barrier. Our radiant barrier attic insulation will block 96% of radiant heat absorbed and transmitted through your roof this summer. Your home will feel cooler and you will not use your AC as much thereby saving on your energy bills. Visit us at our on line store to learn more.

    For the most efficient attic possible, don't forget to add some pink stuff. There are new levels recommended for fiberglass, cellulose, etc. Call your local building code office for info on your location or search the Department of Energy's website.

    As always, please contact us with any questions. We appreciate your business.

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