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Installation Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

General Tips

The following tips are provided to help reduce the labor time involved and make your radiant barrier installation project and easy one.

  • Start early in the morning when your attic is at its coolest.
  • Carry all of your radiant barrier and tools into the attic to avoid unnecessary trips to and fro.
  • Keep plenty of water on hand and drink even if you don't think you're thirsty; especially in the summer months.
  • If your attic is not well lit, bring some type of additional lighting source.
  • Find a centrally located area to set up your work area (see tip below regarding creating a "roll caddy").
  • Always be cautious of the attic floor joists you walk on. Some have a tendency of "rolling" when not securely fastened to the floor of the attic.
  • When installing on the attic floor, work from the outer most regions of the attic and work your way towards the middle (ideally where the "roll caddy" is located).
  • Cut the longest pieces of barrier as fits when laying out in long run sections of your attic. It will cut down time spend on cutting and positioning smaller pieces. To determine the length of a piece of radiant barrier needed, count the number of floor joists or rafters that span the area you are working in and multiply this number by 2 if your rafter/joist span is 24". The resulting number is the linear feet of barrier you should cut to fit this space.
  • For Do-It-Yourselfers (DIY), don't try to complete a large job in one day. Take your time and spread the installation out over several days taking advantage of the cooler hours of the day. For professional contractors, work in groups of two to three. Having someone focused on cutting the product and handing it over to someone else installing it helps cut down installation times.