The Power of a Radiant Barrier
The technology behind Sol-Blanket Insulation™ was initially created by NASA in 1954 as a reflective and lightweight material. This product was utilized by NASA in the Apollo and Gemini missions to keep astronauts shielded from the intense heat and cold fluctuations encountered in space. Firefighters use aluminum coated blankets to deploy as emergency shelters as a last resort when their lives are endangered. Now the same material can be utilized in your home.
Some people refer to reflective insulation as “attic foil”. This is more than just attic foil, it is a reflective insulation that has a layer of aluminum on both sides to reflect up to 97% of radiant heat and a center core of closed-cell polyethylene foam which gives the Sol-Blanket Insulation™ added R-Value to resist radiant heat transfer, meaning that it also has thermal resistance just like traditional insulation. Please note that this product does not replace the need for mass insulation. It helps boost the thermal efficiency of mass insulation and helps prevent conductive and convective heat transfer in addition to the radiant heat benefits.
Benefits of the Sol-Blanket Insulation™:
- NOT affected by humidity
- Doesn’t have harmful particles that can get into your lungs (like fiberglass)
- Adds an effective R-value* to boost thermal efficiency
- Will never compress, so the quality will never degrade
- Acts as a radiant barrier or reflective insulation for your home
- Can be installed over your existing insulation in your attic and crawl space
- Rodents and Birds will not chew on it
- Comes with Lifetime Warranty
- Great insulator for wrapping duct work and water pipes
How does it get installed?
There are literally dozens of different applications this product can be used for, and many different installation methods.
The most common installation of the Sol-Blanket Insulation™ is to install it right over the top of your existing insulation in your attic. This is the best method for reflecting radiant heat that comes from your roof and down into your attic in the warmer months and compliments your existing insulation in the colder months. The Sol-Blanket Insulation™ is perforated every 3cm to allow air flow to prevent moisture build up.
It is also very effective when installed in crawls spaces. When tacked up against the floor joist it adds insulation to the floors and also acts as a protective barrier protecting the crawl space insulation and floors from rising moisture and condensation which promotes the growth of mold and mildew. It also has a high resistance to radon gas.
Effective R-Value vs Actual R-Value
Sol-Blanket™ has an actual R-value, unlike our competitors radiant barrier products. Sol-Blanket™ can possess a real, measurable R-value due to the fact that it is composed of five layers: a Closed-Cell Polyethylene Core sandwiched between Perforated Aluminum Sheeting and Polyethylene Backing. The double-sided foam core is around 8 Millimeters thick and has an actual R-Value of around 3 conservatively. Many of our competitors products merely consist of Aluminum and a backing material which has no actual R-value. While the actual R-Value of Sol Blanket™ is relatively low the Effective R-value is around 13 when it’s reflective properties are calculated in. Reflectivity isn’t measured by traditional insulation as it doesn’t possess that quality which is why it’s so beneficial to add a radiant barrier to protect your home from radiant heat. Many homeowners are unaware that radiant heat is transferred between the plywood beneath your shingles to your insulation below in the infrared spectrum. Sol-blanket™ Insulation is effective at reflecting both visible light and invisible radiation.