People often ask me, “How does (insert brand name here) compare to AtticFoil® Radiant Barrier?”  As a response, I decided to make this video to compare AtticFoil® with a brand sold in local home improvement stores, ie. Home Depot and Lowes, called Enerflex® Radiant Barrier. There are two main differences between the two that have an impact on your decision of which one to purchase.

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I think the differences are pretty clear. Now, tell me which one you’d rather have in your attic?

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6 Comments to “Enerflex® Radiant Barrier at Home Depot compared to AtticFoil® Radiant Barrier”

  1. Rick Bordignon says:

    Hi Ed, here is my plan. Tell me if it is worth doing. I have a cathedral roof with 2×10 rafters. 3″ inches of it is filled by closed cell spray foam. So I have an approximate 7″ gap after the spray foam on the inside of the house. will radiant barrier be effective with this air gap on the inner side of the insulation? The plan is also to install wood pine decking for a ceiling directly against the foil again on the ceiling or inner side of the house. We live in Florida so the goal is to keep heat out.

    Thanks

    • Ed says:

      Yes, the two compliment one another very nicely. Foam isn’t going to perform like radiant barrier because just like traditional insulation, foam slows conductive heat gain/loss, it doesn’t stop it. Radiant barrier blocks 97% of radiant heat, meaning it stops it from entering the home. Ideally the foil should be closest to your roof deck, for the primary defense of blocking radiant heat, but it can still work inside the attic, after foam – the question is, how big of a difference it will make? And that is harder to quantify. The whole system combined will make a significant difference in summer heat gain, but how much of that is attributed to the foil layer vs. no foil layer is harder to pin down. If you do decide to go with the foil, make sure you’re using PERFORATED since you opted for closed cell foam.

  2. Nancy Young says:

    Hello, I am building a 12′ x 20′ run in lean to shed for my 2 large donkeys. The shed will have 2 x 6 rafters, OSB, purlins and metal roofing.
    I am guessing I will need to apply the radiant barrier to the OSB, add the 1 x 4 OR 2 x 4 purlins and then the metal roofing.
    I am using the corrugated metal roofing with the old fashioned wave pattern. Would 2 x 4′s be better than 1 x 4′s for air flow?
    I do not want nails sticking through the OSB to the underside for safety reasons.
    Can the radiant barrier be stapled to the OSB like felt paper? Which version of radiant barrier would you suggest?
    Thank you,
    Nancy

    • Ed says:

      Nancy,
      Yes, this would work great for a shed application. You can staple the foil to the OSB just like felt paper – I recommend the AtticFoil Radiant Barrier House Wrap (click for pricing and sizes) and apply it with the foil side facing UP, toward the sky. Then, add your purlins and then the roof. The difference in a 1×4 versus a 2×4 is small, so I don’t think one would make a significant improvement over the other. Both will provide enough of an air gap for the foil to work, and that will have the biggest impact on the temps inside your shed. You can also add the foil to any walls in the shed that will be catching sunlight from the outside during the day to have a bigger impact overall. More info here: Adding Radiant Barrier to a Shed or Barn

  3. Robert says:

    My house is steel frame. I know would have to use screws or slats screwed to the metal, to mount this product. Question is what about moister build up between roof and AtticFoil? Also any other suggestions on how to mount AtticFoil to a steel frame (16guage steel)?

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