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Reflective Barriers: More Information
February, 2018

The Florida Solar Energy Center and the Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association International give excellent advice on some inaccurate claims of the benefits of radiant barriers to watch out for:

The Florida Solar Energy Center gives an extensive introduction to radiant barriers as well as an excellent how-to guide if you are considering installing a radiant barrier yourself.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides a table of typical contractors’ installation costs for adding various levels of insulation.

Foil is placed under the framing supporting the roof so it will reflect unwanted radiant heat upwards and out of the home. Photo Credit: Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association International.