Radiant Barrier Insulation Blog - InsulationStop.com

  • Winterize and Protect Your Summer Investments

    Summer is over, the leaves are falling. Depending on where you live you may even have seen snow recently. For the weekender, now is the time to close out the summer and the related activities that go along with season.

    Whether you are closing up camp, storing your RV, or pulling your boat out, InfraStop® reflective insulation can help with these maintenance tasks. Our customers use our insulation to successfully wrap water and HVAC lines, insulate and winterize the bottom of camps, and use the insulation to block out heat and UV rays from the sun.

    The bubble core of the insulation resists heat flow, providing R-value in many applications. The shiny aluminum surface keeps radiant heat out by reflecting it back to its source. InfraStop® is flexible and cuts easily making it ideal to wrap, twist, and bend.

    infraStop® is non-toxic and does not require any special tools to work with. Plus, the material is recyclable for one time use or temporary applications.

    Should you require a barrier that resists heat flow and blocks radiant heat, look to InfraStop® for your choice in reflective insulation.

  • InfraStop® Double Bubble - An Effective Pool Insulation

    Summer is here and pool season is underway for all areas of the country. Depending on where you live some folks will be trying to warm their pools up and others will be trying to cool theirs down.

    Our InfraStop® double bubble is an effective thermal barrier to help you keep heat where you want it and is effectively used as pool insulation. Check out a few of these photos of InfraStop® foil insulation used to insulate this above ground pool. We appreciate and want to thank our customer K.E for providing the images.

    Although technically not a radiant barrier in this application, our low profile insulation provides an effective thermal break between the pool wall and side of the pool.  The science of heat transfer states that warm will move to cold. InfraStop® bubble insulation creates a thermal break helping to slow this heat transfer.

    In K.E's situation, he is in Canada, north of North Dakota and wanted to keep heat in. We asked him after how he thought the InfraStop® was performing and he said "All things worked out well and yes I'm very pleased with the results. I notice that my heater runs less and my solar heat keeps up for the most part. We've had cool rains and cool nights to prove it."

  • A Radiant Barrier Hat?

    When our creative writer requested we create a reflective foil hat for him to use we had no idea what to do. Come to find out after a couple of quick google searches, there is plenty of information available showing how to make hats of all types using regular materials such as newspaper, construction paper, and cardboard, and duct tape.

    So without further ado, here is our offering to the annals of history. Maybe the first radiant barrier hat in existence? Maybe we are on to something? We present, the InfraStop® Radiant Barrier Top Hat!

    Inspiration for the how to make the hat came from this post on how to make a top hat. To make a ball cap or flat cap out of cardboard see this video. Here's our image gallery below on making the hat. The foil tape helped cover up any blemishes, which were many compared to the skill of people on the web.

    For any hat makers out there, if you are interested in using radiant barrier to finish your cardboard or duct tape flat cap let us know and we will sent you the insulation and tape at no charge.

  • InfraStop® Insulation in Action: Protecting Ice Bars at Exclusive Resorts

    Wow, this one was fun! So you want to build an ice bar for your customers? That is what the Sagamore Resort located on beautiful Lake George, New York and the Samoset Resort located on the coast in Rockport, Maine decided to do.

    This is the second year these resorts have opened their Glacier Ice Bars to the public. Attractions include a full bar with seating as well as other seats built to be a king and queen throne, various ice sculptures, and a shot louge to top it off.

    So how do you keep 10 tons of ice frozen? That's where InfraStop® comes in. As the Sagamore Resort is in our backyard, we had an opportunity to visit and watch the crew of the Sagamore close down the bar for the night. Take a look at these images to see InfraStop® in action.

  • Pole Barn Insulation Application and its Benefits

    An uninsulated pole barn, garage or farm building always bears the risk of having problems with condensation at certain air temperatures. Using our pole barn insulation helps to regulate temperature and moisture inside the building to make a structure safe and comfortable for its inhabitants.

    The non-toxic insulation material, which is recyclable, is both fire and moisture resistant. The product does not promote the growth of fungi and bacteria and is non-corrosion to make the building lasts longer.

    The reflective insulation consists of reflective foil layers on the outside fused to interior bubble layers. It is thin, lightweight, flexible and strong and can be cut with a knife. The product is easily stapled, nailed and glued in place.

    The roof of a pole barn or building is insulated by placing the insulation blankets at the top or bottom of the trusses. Metal roofing is attached above the rafters. In either case the insulation blankets are positioned below the roof deck.

    In the warm months, without insulation, the temperature radiating from the hot roof and walls of the pole barn can pose a problem. The higher heat can negatively affect livestock and poultry which lack an effective cooling mechanism. Heat stress has been proven to contribute to lower production and reduced fertility.

    Reflective foil insulation addresses two basic concerns for barn owners; temperature and moisture inside pole barns. Since the material is nonabsorbent, moisture does not affect the performance of reflective insulation and the material does not promote mold or fungus growth. The insulation helps to protect livestock and poultry from heat stress by controlling humidity, air flow and solar radiation.

    In addition to helping manage the indoor air temperature of the building, the insulation also helps to control condensation. Because the foil insulation installed in this capacity is a vapor barrier as well, condensation is reduced. Accumulated condensation in the walls and ceilings can contribute to shorter building life is absorbed by structural members and can cause damage to items stored in the building.

  • Insulating HVAC Ducts Can Save Big Bucks

    If you haven't looked at your HVAC ducts lately, or ever, you may be losing money every time the system comes on. The ductwork connected to the HVAC system carries the heated or cooled air to various parts of the home. However, it the ducts are not insulated, some of the temperature from the air duct escapes through transfer. In fact, the Department of Energy reports that up to 20 percent of air is lost through uninsulated ducts. Preventing this is easily accomplished using the right HVAC insulation material.

    Why Energy Transfer Is Bad

    In addition to heat escaping from the HVAC ducts, there are other factors that can impact energy loss from your HVAC system. For example, most ducts are located in unfinished areas of the home, primarily the attic, basement and the crawlspace. These areas reach freezing temperatures in winter, and attic temps can reach over 100 degrees in the summer. That is like putting your HVAC ducts into a freezer in the winter and into an oven in the summer. By insulating the ducts, you make them less susceptible to the wide temperature swings of the areas where they are installed.

    How Duct Insulation Works

    Duct insulation works just like the insulation in your attic. It blocks the transfer of air, whether hot or cold, to the duct. Thus, the air inside the duct stays at virtually the same temperature it was when it came out of your HVAC system. The end result is that your HVAC system doesn’t have to constantly turn on and off, which reduces wear and tear and saves you money too. Additionally, you will notice that your home feels more comfortable because it stays at a more consistent temperature.

    Reflective Bubble Insulation Is Best

    There are several types of insulation materials that can be used on HVAC ductwork, including insulation sleeves, foil-backed adhesive foam and fiberglass. However , there is another, newer option. Foil bubble wrap insulation is a duct wrap insulation material that has a reflective material on the exterior that helps to deflect heat away from the duct. In addition, it blocks moisture and condensation from getting into the duct, which is critical. The areas where ducts are typically installed are often high in condensation which can enter the ductwork and then the home. Proper installation of foil bubble wrap requires the uses of spacers to create an air gap between the bubble wrap and the actual duct.

  • Should You Buy Foil Faced Fiberglass Insulation?

    Yes but no. You should certainly use foil facings and fiberglass insulation. But do you want to purchase it as just one product? Maybe not if you are watching your budget.

    Foil facings applied to fiberglass insulation although still very common as duct wrap insulation are not as common for standard construction use as they were in this home built in the late 1980's. Check out the pictures below.

    We recently set out to find the material and get an idea of what it costs. What we found is that you can still get it in home centers as a special order item typically in pallet quantities.

    When we researched cost we were shocked to find out how much the difference was between foil faced, kraft faced, or the unfaced varieties. We did our calculations on about 1,000 square feet.

    Basically in all cases, buying unfaced fiberglass and purchasing a standalone radiant barrier saves a lot of money as compared to purchasing the foil faced fiberglass as one product. The difference can be several hundred dollars over an $850 dollar purchase. It's clear the fiberglass companies get a premium for using kraft and foil facings.

    Another benefit is when you purchase radiant barriers separately you can find people like ourselves that specialize in the products, ensuring you are getting top quality products. The amount of technical information available for the foil facings on the fiberglass was also very limited.

  • InfraStop® Concrete Insulation - Customer Project - New Jersey Post Frame Barn

    Thank you to B.P. for the awesome photos of his concrete slab pour in his new pole barn located in Central New Jersey.

    InfraStop® concrete insulation is ideal for use in residential and commercial applications. There are several attributes that make InfraStop® concrete insulation a good choice for under slab and under slab radiant heat applications.

    Lightweight and flexible but tough, InfraStop® concrete insulation is a vapor barrier so you don't have to use poly plastic sheets. Unlike poly, InfraStop® is also a radon and methane barrier. It's a rolled product so handling and moving around the job site is easy.  Installation is fast allowing you to cover large square footage projects quickly. Installing InfraStop® is also easy with just a razor knife and seam tape. Because it's flexible InfraStop® will contour to uneven grades without cracking. And, compared to the price of rigid foam board insulation, the material costs are much less.

    Take a look at this great slab pour for B.P's pole barn. The barn is located in Central New Jersey.

    B.P. Thanks again for the pictures.

  • Insulating Roof of Indoor Riding Ring in North Carolina - Customer Project

    Thank you H.J. for submitting pictures of your indoor riding ring.  This beautiful post and frame building has a metal roof and side walls.  The roof is insulated with InfraStop® double bubble white foil insulation giving an excellent radiant barrier to the exterior and clean white finish to the interior.  The decorative trusses look great.  We wish you good luck with your building and horses!

  • Investing in Insulation

    Adding insulation into a home, garage, shed, barn, or other outbuilding is not a glamorous home improvement project, but if done properly will provide a positive return on your investment. Upgrading the quality or amount of insulation will reduce monthly heating and cooling costs resulting in overall savings and make any structure feel more comfortable.

    Few homes and buildings are constructed with an appropriate amount of insulation necessary to maximize heating and cooling benefits. The amount of insulation needed depends on three primary factors, location, usage, and current heating/cooling expenses.

    Location: Where your property is located will impact the amount of insulation you might need in your home or outbuildings. While many people think of insulation in terms of cold climates, it is important to remember that the proper insulation can keep the heat out in the summer as well as retain it during the winter, reducing cooling costs as well. Buildings located in temperate climates require less but often different types of insulation than those located in areas which experience extreme cold or heat.

    Usage: How a building is used will also determine how much insulation is needed. A home that is heated and cooled will benefit from higher insulation protection than a barn used to store a camper. However, some outbuildings may require more insulation such as sheds used as workshops or to store items that can be damaged by extreme temperatures. While most buildings require some level of insulation, some will need more than others.

    Current Expense: Most gas and electric companies can provide you with information about the average cost of heating or cooling homes of specific square-footage in your community. This data combined with your own budgetary goals can help you determine if you need more insulation and if so, how much makes financial sense.

    To achieve a true return on your investment when increasing the levels of insulation, it is important to add only as much as is needed to achieve heating and cooling goals. Spending too much on additional insulation products can reduce the financial benefit you receive. There are many cost-efficient and effective products on the market including reflective insulation, foil insulation, radiant barriers. However, there are also some products that can cost as much as $250 per square foot and offers a level of insulation unnecessary for most buildings.

    When considering options, the goal should be to maximize the level of insulation at a cost that will reduce monthly expenses and result in an overall savings.

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