Attic Radiant Barriers and Consumer Aluminum Foil
This entry was posted on June 16, 2010.
Sometimes there are some stories so bizarre that you can't make them up. At least three times in the past few weeks, we have inadvertently found information where consumers are thinking or attempting to put aluminum foil (the kind used in the kitchen) as a replacement to an attic radiant barrier product in their attics.
We had to dig a little deeper, and it seems the motivation to do such a thing appears to be financial. You can go out and purchase 1000 square feet of Reynolds Wrap for approximately $20-30 dollars. The same amount of our attic radiant barrier product delivered is under $200.
Folks, you have to understand, these products are not the same. First, our attic radiant barrier, all of our insulation for that matter, reflects 96% of radiant heat. This is not just because they are made with aluminum; it is because they are made with high commercial grade aluminum that is tested to reflect radiant heat at this level. Your store bought aluminum is made from recycled aluminum and is not designed or tested whatsoever for this use.
The other major issue is size and durability of the products. Our foil rolls are 48" long allowing you to cover your attic in the least amount of passes possible keeping your installation time to a minimum. Can you imagine running 12" sections of kitchen aluminum foil? Kitchen foil cannot even hold a staple to install. The thought is so comical that we have created a special offer.
Here's the offer. For anyone that has successfully installed kitchen foil in their attic and will share pictures with us for re-creation on our site, we will send you out the equivalent square footage of actual radiant barrier attic foil in order for your attic insulation project to actually work.