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UltraTouch

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48 in. x 24 ft. Radiant Barrier

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The UltraTouch 48 in. x 24 ft. Radiant Barrier is easy to use and install and is made from recycled natural fibers. The radiant barrier provides excellent thermal and acoustical insulation, reflecting up to 97% of radiant energy for excellent savings on heating and cooling costs.

  • Reflects up to 97% of radiant energy, reducing heating and cooling costs
  • Easy to use and install
  • Recycled natural-fiber padding is durable
  • Blanket-type, foil-faced insulation is lightweight and versatile
  • Excellent acoustical performance
  • Class-A or Class-1 fire rating
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is it made with aluminum foil? (meaning not plastic/mylar foil)

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Dear Pat: The reflective surface is aluminum according to the manufacturer, Bonded Logic. They do not specify whether this is a thin film of aluminum on plastic (most likely) or simply aluminum foil. Aluminum foil is easily torn, so most manufacturers of 'reflective barrier' products use plastic substrate with a very thin layer of aluminum on top, e.g. Reflectix and Reach.

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Dear Pat: The reflective surface is aluminum according to the manufacturer, Bonded Logic. They do not specify whether this is a thin film of aluminum on plastic (most likely) or simply aluminum foil. Aluminum foil is easily torn, so most manufacturers of 'reflective barrier' products use plastic substrate with a very thin layer of aluminum on top, e.g. Reflectix and Reach.

The UltraTouch radiant barrier adds a 3/8" thick layer of cotton padding to one side. This provides very little insulation, however, and the total insulation R value is just 1.5.

If you plan to install a radiant barrier, also read up on the sealed air pocket that is required on one side. Radiant barriers are also ineffective in winter because cold cannot be 'reflected' and the warm air in a home is not radiant.

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what is the r value of the product?

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Dear Toraora:

Good question! Bonded Logic, the manufacturer of this product, claims some extremely high R values for various applications in their brochure -- with no details or test results to back this up. They do list the standard R value, however: 3.91 per inch. The product is only 3/8" thick, so the actual R value is only 1.47.

A few additional caveats:

(1) "Radiant barrier" insulation
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Dear Toraora:

Good question! Bonded Logic, the manufacturer of this product, claims some extremely high R values for various applications in their brochure -- with no details or test results to back this up. They do list the standard R value, however: 3.91 per inch. The product is only 3/8" thick, so the actual R value is only 1.47.

A few additional caveats:

(1) "Radiant barrier" insulation is only effective if you build / create a sealed air barrier on one side. You cannot simply glue or staple it to a wall, for example. This air gap must be sealed to block hot air from escaping.

(2) Xtandard insulation is always more effective per inch of thickness, with a lower cost. Foam board provides R5 ro R6 per inch, for example, and Roxul ComfortBatt / ComfortBoard deliver R4.

(3) Radiant barriers are much less effective in winter vs summer because cold cannot be "reflected" and the warm air inside your home is not radiant. Reflectix, for example, claims R7 in a cathedral ceiling in summer but only R1 in winter, in the northern US.

Home Depot sells a number of superior insulation products that are effective, winter and summer, which you can install yourself, e.g. foam board, Roxul rock wool and blown cellulose for attics -- all of which we have used on a number of projects. For example see:

Foam board: Owens Corning Model # 52DD Internet # 202085962 Store SKU # 307101

Rock wool: Roxul Model # RXCB351525 Internet # 202090820 Store SKU # 974419

Blown cellulose: Green Fiber Model # INS541LD Internet # 100318635 Store SKU # 211904

There is only one place where a radiant barrier is more effective: in a standard ventilated attic, in summer, to reflect heat from a hot roof. This can reduce heat flux by ~28%, and cooling costs by ~2% to 4%. Use a cheap reflective plastic, e.g. Reflectix or Reach -- both available at Home Depot. Carefully seal all of the edges and joints to block air leaks. Use foil HVAC tape, not silver fabric "duck" tape. Great Stuff foam works well for larger gaps. You can install it on the rafters or over existing insulation that should fill the floor/ceiling joist bays.

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There really isn't an R-value. It is designed to reflect radiant heat. That's all.
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Can this be put inside the attic on the wall to reflect out the summer heat?

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Can this be put inside the attic on the wall to reflect out the summer heat?
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Dear SOH: Yes, but with a few significant caveats:

(1) Not cost effective: Home Depot sells other radiant barrier products that are less expensive, and the 3/8" fiber on one side of this product provides very little R value. Reflectix is a better option, e.g. Reflectix Model # BP48100, Home Depot Internet # 202092205 Store SKU # 469837 Store SO SKU # 441714

(2) Installation options: If you have
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Dear SOH: Yes, but with a few significant caveats:

(1) Not cost effective: Home Depot sells other radiant barrier products that are less expensive, and the 3/8" fiber on one side of this product provides very little R value. Reflectix is a better option, e.g. Reflectix Model # BP48100, Home Depot Internet # 202092205 Store SKU # 469837 Store SO SKU # 441714

(2) Installation options: If you have a standard ventilated attic, you have two installation options.

(a) Staple the radiant barrier to the bottom of the rafters in your attic and the surface of the studs in the gable end walls, and seal all of the edges and joints to block air leaks. Use foil HVAC tape to joints, e.g. Nashua Tape Model # 1207792, Home Depot Internet # 100030120 Store SKU # 915245. Use the 'Windows and Doors' version of Great Stuff foam for larger gaps.

(b) Staple the radiant barrier to the top of the ceiling joists, over the insulation that should be filling the joist bays. If the insulation is even deeper and covers the ceiling joists, you can simply lay the radiant barrier over the top of the insulation, taping the joints where possible.

(3) No impact in winter: Radiant barriers do not work in winter because cold cannot be 'reflected' and the warmer air in your home is not radiant. So if you also need to heat your home in the winter, standard insulation with a radiant barrier would be more effective, e.g. Tuff-R foam board applied to the ceiling joists. See: TUFF-R Model # 193829, Home Depot Internet # 100322375 Store SKU # 163524 Store SO SKU # 621947 Seal all of the edges and joints to block air leaks from your home into the attic. Use the same foil HVAC tape and Great Stuff foam noted above.

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Hi there, yes you can use it in your attic. Remember to install the reflective side on the wall or walls where the sun is hitting the attic. In other words you will not see the reflective side when you are inside your attic. You will notice the change in temperature before and after. Hope this answer will help you.
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Yes, you could install this in an attic.
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What is the claimed R value

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Dear Steve: According to the UltraTouch product spec sheet, the R value is 3.91 per inch. The product is 3/8" thick, which means the R value is only 1 1/2 -- in short, not enough insulation performance to justify the cost. Standard foam board, by comparison, provides R4 to R5 per inch, and Roxul rock wool batts and board provide R4 per inch.

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Dear Steve: According to the UltraTouch product spec sheet, the R value is 3.91 per inch. The product is 3/8" thick, which means the R value is only 1 1/2 -- in short, not enough insulation performance to justify the cost. Standard foam board, by comparison, provides R4 to R5 per inch, and Roxul rock wool batts and board provide R4 per inch.

Bonded Logic, the manufacturer of UltraTouch, claims some very high R values in their brochure, apparently based on the 'radiant barrier' included on one side of the product, e.g. R = 9.91 for a side wall. No specs are included for the sealed air gap that must be created inside the wall, which provides most of the total R value, and I could not find any test results on their website. This R value is also significantly higher than the independent test results with other 'reflective' products, e.g. Reflectix. I contacted Bonded Logic and asked them to provide documentation, but received no reply. I also contacted Home Depot Customer Service, and asked them to request clarified product information from Bonded Logic.

There are two more basic problems with this and other reflective products:

(1) Because the total R values are based on a large air gap, this means that standard insulation cannot be added -- without eliminating or sharply reducing the R value of the reflective product. You will be limited to the performance of the air gap, which is less than standard insulation.

(2) Reflective insulation is not effective in winter because cold cannot be 'reflected' and the warm air inside your house is not radiant. Reflectix claims R7 in a cathedral ceiling in summer, for example, but only R1 in winter.

In short, a standard insulation product, e.g. foam board or Roxul rock wool, is always more effective, and both are carried by Home Depot. Tuff-R foam board also includes a radiant barrier on both sides, e.g. for installation under a hot metal roof where radiant heat in the summer is a significant factor. Foam board provides the best performance with R5 per inch, but is flammable and must be covered by drywall in any living space, garage, basement or storage area. Roxul rock wool batts and board provide R4, and are fire resistant. Both are great solutions, depending on the installation.

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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 101 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Couldn't have been any easier! I used this to insulate and quiet my 1992 Chevy van. It was easy to cut to size with a big scissors. I glued it up with a spray adhesive and taped the seams with aluminum tape. It couldn't have been easier. I'm amazed at how much quieter it is now. Great stuff. March 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Master Spa LS800 Hot tub I insulated a 2000 Master Spa Legend LS800 that has spray insulation on pipes and shell only.. on each skirt panel I cut to size and glued the denim side to each skirt panel.I insulated floor with spray foam and the put radiat barrier over top of spray foam. I live in a cold climate area (NE PA) where it was -6 in February. my electric bill for running hot tub with out radiant Barrier in avg 30 degree weather was $78.00 a month and that was using hot tub off peak hours to conserve electric.i'm now paying $25.a month since I insulated with spray foam on cabinet floor land radiant barrier and use it more on peak hours. April 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great product Easy to customize for Windows, to keep out the intense heat from Texas summer sun. April 26, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Seems to work as advertised Product seemed to work well on floor of vehicle. Was too thick for the door panels so had to find a different material. Can be difficult to cut.around detailed areas. Overall I think it will reduce the heat and muffle the sound some as intended. April 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Just what I needed! I used this as underlayment/soundproofing in a conversion van. It cut perfectly with a pair of scissors, and I taped it down with metal tape. The roll had more than enough to do everything I needed. It fit perfectly under the seat area, and around the engine. I will be recommending this product to everyone who is doing a conversion. February 25, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent product, did exactly what I needed it to do. I used this radiant barrier on the floor, roof and door of my vehicle to cut down noise in a custom car audio installation. The results combined with Stinger Roadkill pro were amazing. December 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Radiant barrier for auto Like others, I opted to use this product for a vehicle insulation. under carpet. Reason being is its very similar to "auto" type padding at about half the cost. It deadens sound equally and the foil backing seems to be strong and secure. I've glued this to the floor and inner panels and it works very well. December 31, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great product Product arrived within time promised. It is very easy to work with and performs better than expected I would highly recommend this and the price is right ! December 15, 2015
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