How It Works: Radiant Barriers

Radiant MaterialThere is a lot of negative advice online suggesting that you do not need radiant barriers for your roof. However, once you have a better understanding about how they work from experts such as MEIS Roofing and Construction, you may reconsider the positive impact they can have on your home. Detailed below you will find an explanation of radiant barriers and how they work  to help you make the right decision about your Fort Worth roofing services.

What is a Radiant Barrier?

We are all familiar with placing a barrier in the windshield of a car to protect the interior on hot sunny days. In many cases, these windshield barriers are made from a silver reflective material. Obviously, they are extremely effective and help to prevent damage to the interior of the car. The principles behind these windshield barriers and the reflective material they use is similar to a radiant barrier used for roofing or siding. When you have it installed, it will look like a thin piece of metallic plastic.

Where Do You Use a Radiant Barrier?

One of the confusing things about this type of product is that it is used in so many places; it can be difficult to understand how it works. For example, you can use it under your shingles or place it on the underside of the roof in the attic. To have a more energy-efficient home, you can put it on top of existing insulation. Finally, you can use a radiant barrier as a house wrap under siding.

How Does a Radiant Barrier Work?

It can seem like a simple piece of thin material can do little to combat extreme temperatures. Regardless, a radiant barrier’s main job is to inhibit heat transfer. It does this with the reflective surface. Instead of heat being absorbed into the material itself, it bounces off like a light on a mirror.

Why Do I Need Radiant Barrier Installation?

One of the main reasons that homeowners buy this product is for its environmentally friendly aspects. Another advantage is the amount of money you will save on your utilities bill. One final overlooked benefit is the reduced wear and tear you will have on the machinery you use to heat and cool your home. Obviously, using a radiant barrier will have a positive impact on your family and the environment. If you have any other questions about radiant barrier repair or installation, you can call MEIS Roofing and Construction at 866-211-1116.