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Radiant Barrier Insulation

Postby StlSluggers » Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:51 pm

Anyone here have radiant barrier insulation in their home?

Looking for thoughts on cost, benefit, items of note, etc...
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Re: Radiant Barrier Insulation

Postby RedHopeful » Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:27 pm

Haha - I bought two large rolls several years ago - still sitting in the attic. When we moved in, the air conditioning was on ALL the time. Checked the insulation - wowzers - incredibly low. Anywhere from almost none to maybe 6 inches blown in. Ended up putting in R40 everywhere. At the time when I bought the stuff, I came across the radiant barrier stuff and thought it'd be a good idea to put it in as well. However, the insulation I put in has done so well that this project sort of went on the backburner. ;-7

My understanding is if your house is located in a very sunny, not shaded part of the country, this stuff really works well...
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Re: Radiant Barrier Insulation

Postby Metroid » Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:36 pm

When you put the R40 in did you just roll it out on top of the blown crap? :-?
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Re: Radiant Barrier Insulation

Postby RedHopeful » Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:43 pm

Metroid wrote:When you put the R40 in did you just roll it out on top of the blown crap? :-?

Yeah - attempted to even it out as best as I could w/o creating a massive dust cloud. If it's not wet/degrading or whatever it's fine to just lay the new stuff over it.
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Re: Radiant Barrier Insulation

Postby Metroid » Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:45 pm

RedHopeful wrote:
Metroid wrote:When you put the R40 in did you just roll it out on top of the blown crap? :-?

Yeah - attempted to even it out as best as I could w/o creating a massive dust cloud. If it's not wet/degrading or whatever it's fine to just lay the new stuff over it.

Good to know. I'm probably going to be doing this this summer. ;-D
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Re: Radiant Barrier Insulation

Postby RedHopeful » Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:47 pm

Metroid wrote:
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Metroid wrote:When you put the R40 in did you just roll it out on top of the blown crap? :-?

Yeah - attempted to even it out as best as I could w/o creating a massive dust cloud. If it's not wet/degrading or whatever it's fine to just lay the new stuff over it.

Good to know. I'm probably going to be doing this this summer. ;-D

Zoinks - you sure you wouldn't rather wait for cooler weather? I live here in Alabama, if I tried doing it during the summer, I'd literally melt in under 2 minutes...

Also, do make sure you cover every possible skin cell. Got a bit on me several times and that crap is itchy!
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Re: Radiant Barrier Insulation

Postby Metroid » Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:06 pm

RedHopeful wrote:
Metroid wrote:
RedHopeful wrote:Yeah - attempted to even it out as best as I could w/o creating a massive dust cloud. If it's not wet/degrading or whatever it's fine to just lay the new stuff over it.

Good to know. I'm probably going to be doing this this summer. ;-D

Zoinks - you sure you wouldn't rather wait for cooler weather? I live here in Alabama, if I tried doing it during the summer, I'd literally melt in under 2 minutes...

Also, do make sure you cover every possible skin cell. Got a bit on me several times and that crap is itchy!

Yeah I've done my share of insulating before when my buddy vaulted his ceilings, it is easily one of the worst things I've ever done. :-t

I live in Oregon so I don't have to worry about the melting. ;-D
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Re: Radiant Barrier Insulation

Postby StlSluggers » Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:17 pm

RedHopeful wrote:
Metroid wrote:
RedHopeful wrote:Yeah - attempted to even it out as best as I could w/o creating a massive dust cloud. If it's not wet/degrading or whatever it's fine to just lay the new stuff over it.

Good to know. I'm probably going to be doing this this summer. ;-D

Zoinks - you sure you wouldn't rather wait for cooler weather? I live here in Alabama, if I tried doing it during the summer, I'd literally melt in under 2 minutes...

Also, do make sure you cover every possible skin cell. Got a bit on me several times and that crap is itchy!

I'm with you, man. No attic in the summer. It's like 120 up there or something stupid. %-6

And I go in wearing full-on MOPP4 gear. :-D
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Re: Radiant Barrier Insulation

Postby Metroid » Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:02 pm

StlSluggers wrote:
RedHopeful wrote:
Metroid wrote:Good to know. I'm probably going to be doing this this summer. ;-D

Zoinks - you sure you wouldn't rather wait for cooler weather? I live here in Alabama, if I tried doing it during the summer, I'd literally melt in under 2 minutes...

Also, do make sure you cover every possible skin cell. Got a bit on me several times and that crap is itchy!

I'm with you, man. No attic in the summer. It's like 120 up there or something stupid. %-6

And I go in wearing full-on MOPP4 gear. :-D

In all seriousness that's not a bad idea. I remember I wore pants, long sleeves and gloves, a dust mask and goggles, and that crap still made my face and neck itch something fierce. it even got in my gloves a little and up my sleeves some. :-t
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