Here are some radiant barrier installation tips that everyone can use when installing their own radiant barrier. The entire process is easy to do, but you need to know a few tips to get the barrier into tight places and some quick tips that make working with the material easier. The radiant barrier should be in every building. Whether you place the barrier before adding the roof or after, it will be easy to install. All you need is some useful tips and one little tool to make things easier.
Things you will need:
• Grip n’ grab tool (for getting into the tight places)
• Staple gun
• Colored tape
If you are adding the radiant barrier before the roof decking is applied, drape the barrier over the rafters in the attic. Then once the roof decking it added, you can staple the barrier to the roof decking. Make sure to roll out enough of the barrier to cover the area where the barrier will be placed.
For roofs that are already installed, use the radiant barrier in the attic floor. After installing the insulation on the attic floor, lay the radiant barrier over the top of the insulation. You can stable the barrier to the joists on the floor or in areas where it will not interfere with the insulation.
For those hard to reach places, use the grip n’ grab tool to gat the barrier into the corners and edges of the roof. The tool is self-explanatory. You will want to make sure that the barrier goes all the way to the ends. After you have the barrier to the ends of the attic and in the corners, stable the barrier to prevent it from moving.
After you have the barrier laid out and stabled down, mark the walking areas of the attic for future years. Place the tape on the barrier where the joists are located. This will prevent any unnecessary damage to the ceiling from stepping in the wrong places.
The radiant barrier comes on a roll. If you have a large project and do not want to roll the barrier out by hand and cut, you can make a roll caddy to hang the barrier roll from two roof rafters. This will make it easy to measure out the size you need and cut. This works well for attics that have insulation already laid down. You can do all the cutting and measuring in one area and free up the work area.
If you measure the area from the roll caddy to the floor, you can use that method of measuring. If the space between the roll caddy and the floor is six feet and you need twenty-two feet of barrier. You can bring the bottom of the roll sheet down to the floor, back up to the roll caddy and back down again two feet before the floor.
These radiant barrier installation tips will help you speed up the time of installation and help you finish the job more quickly. You can rest assured knowing that if someone would go up in your attic and needs to walk around that they will not come falling through the ceiling because you taped off the walking areas.