Call me a skeptic, but the first time I saw a radiant barrier, I was unimpressed. It appeared to be little more than a sheet of aluminum foil. It didn’t seem like a viable energy saving solution, and it certainly wasn’t anything I wanted to add to our line up of quality home improvement products. That was in 2006.
Fast forward to January of this year and everything changed. That’s when I participated in a conference call with the senior management of Gorell Windows & Doors and learned about the new thermal barrier product they would be offering exclusively through their dealer network, of which Buresh Home Solutions is a part.
The mere fact that a quality window and door manufacturer like Gorell – seven time Energy Star Partner of the Year – was offering a new Reflective Insulation probably would have been enough to convince me that radiant barriers are the real deal. But they didn’t sell me on their reputation alone. Instead, they described a product that offered a real solution to a real problem.
The problem is that nearly half (45%) of the energy wasted in a typical home is lost through the attic. Walls, windows, doors, and floors account for the rest. So in other words, you lose almost as much energy through the attic as through all other areas combined.
The solution, then, is to plug the leak in the attic. And that’s what reflective insulation does. But don’t confuse this radiant barrier with the aluminum foil I was first introduced to. Our reflective insulation has a lot more to offer than typical radiant foil barriers – which have no R-value whatsoever.
Our preferred attic insulation actually has two reflective faces – one on each side. Sandwiched between the reflective surfaces is a closed-cell polyethylene core. These layers combine to provide protection against convection (the transfer of heat by air circulation) and conduction (the transfer of heat from one surface to another because they touch each other). That’s the equivalent of up to six inches of additional fiberglass.
Of course, the real proof is in the satisfied customers who have had Buresh Home Solutions insulate their attics with reflective insulation – more than 50 of them just since January! Better yet, more than a dozen of those homeowners were referrals from other satisfied customers!
Here’s what a couple of satisfied customers have told us:
“Reflective insulation was installed in our home’s attic in June 2010. When we experienced the record-setting hottest, most humid day of the year in July, our attic insulation was definitely put to the test. On similar hot July days, I have noticed a significant difference in the upstairs comfort level.” – Lana Sorensen | Urbandale
“I could tell a difference in the air temperature of my upper story within one half hour of the installation of the reflective insulation. It was amazing!” – Rita Salmons | Urbandale
In a nutshell, what these homeowners, and many more like them, are finding is that a radiant barrier in their attic results in:
- Less heat gain in summer
- Less heat loss in winter
- Lower utility bills every month of the year
- Fewer drafts throughout the house
- A more comfortable and consistent living environment
Perhaps best of all, though, is that installing a radiant barrier like Radiaflect often costs less per square foot than conventional insulation. So you spend less and get more! And the installation is only beginning of the savings. Quality insulation pays for itself over time by lowering your utility bills immediately.
If you’d like to learn more about what reflective insulation radiant barrier can do for you or to discuss pricing and guarantees for your home, please give me a call at 888-428-7374 or use the Request a Quote form and I’ll get back to you right away.