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48 in. x 75 ft. Radiant Barrier

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he UltraTouch Natural Cotton Radiant Barrier Thermal/Acoustic Insulation is an extremely versatile and superior performing product that can be used in automobiles, trucks, buses, RV’s, boats, aircraft, residential and commercial building. The UltraTouch natural cotton radiant barrier brings fire, fungi, and corrosive resistance to an insulation product that is formaldehyde and resin-free. In addition, its natural fibers provide a non-itch padding that is easy to handle and install. The pure aluminum barrier used for the UltraTouch natural cotton radiant barrier provides exceptional protection from air currents, vapors, moisture, and radiant heat. Use this product as a radiant heat barrier, acoustic sound barrier, airflow barrier, and thermal heat barrier.

  • 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
  • Fire retardant with a class-A or class-1 fire rating
  • No itch or skin irritation
  • Versatile product with multiple uses
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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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July 20, 2016
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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.

Bonded Logic, the manufacturer of UltraTouch, claims some
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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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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.

The UltraTouch radiant
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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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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 103 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent Product I ordered this product because a friend recommended it. Well, I will do the same, it is a great product, I used to insulate my van and I will have to say it is the best thing considering the other products out there. So far, I can feel the difference inside my van, and I live in Florida, temperatures over 100 during the summertime, but now I can feel the difference inside my van, much cooler. Recommended again to anyone who wants to do a small insulation job, and get good results! July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by radiant barrier Radiant barrier is used in lining our duct work that we custom build. Not only does it reduce noise, but is an excellent insulation factor. It's also made from recycled cotton denim material and is safe to use. Most duct work if insulation is done had fiberglass products lining it, which is a known carcigen (cancer). We prefer to give our customers the best and safest product in their homes. Home Depot has great delivery and pricing on radiant barrier. August 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great purchase Used to insulate a van. The reflectix side helped control the temperature differential between inside and outside while the recycled denim side helped dampen the outside noises significantly. August 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by No itching insulation I used this to insulate my wood garage doors at my attach garage. Easy to cut. No itchiness, no funny smell. I used staple gun staple scrap plastic to secure it also add washer to existing screws to secure. The temp before insulate was 20 degree lower than heated area, now is only 10 to 12 degree in this winter where outside is only 30 degree right now. December 10, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Very Good This is a very good product. Easy to cut and work with and insulating qualities. Only problem is the pattern on the back of the product is askew. Do not use to cut - you will not get a square cut. Other than that, it is easy to work with. Although we have not had freezing weather yet, I feel it will perform very well and in fact, are happy with product. Used adhesive spray - very good - and insulation tape - also very good. Holds product well on garage door. November 2, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Does little for attic. I have no insulation in our attic apart from some loose blown-in cellulose on the floor. I thought this would help kick the temperature down. I attached the product to the ceiling joists, leaving an air pocket between each one. While the temperature didn't drop, it did feel a bit cooler. But, it definitely wasn't worth it. For the same amount of money that the barrier cost, to cover the attic, you could just buy a small or used swamp cooler that will keep your house, or at least floor, 20 - 30° cooler than the outside. July 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great product for miscellaneous / unusual insulation needs While having new tile flooring installed in my house, we had to remove the dishwasher so they could tile under it. I noticed that the gray poly fiber insulation around my Whirlpool dishwasher was disintegrating. Simply touching it would cause it to fall apart and flake off as dust and fibers. We vacuumed all of it off, but we were then left with the bare plastic tub of the dishwasher, which was very loud and hot. I found this radiant barrier right away on the Home Depot web site, but because it is an online only product, I went to the store to try and find something I could use right away. I looked at water heater blankets, but the single one that was available in my store was fiberglass and looked like it would be a mess to cut and fit to my dishwasher. So I ordered two pieces of this radiant barrier, which arrived at my local store several days sooner than the HD web site estimated. Pickup at the store was a breeze as usual. This product is very neat stuff. The actual padding is like shredded denim or cloth fibers, so there is no mess or hassle of dealing with fiberglass. It's relatively thin, so easier to tuck into tighter spots than puffy insulation. It's very smooth, flat, and uniform, making it easy to form around corners and crevices. It is fairly tough stuff, so I ended up using EMT medic shears to cut it rather than scissors. It took some effort to cut, but the medic shears worked great and produced nice clean straight cuts. The reflective backing is a thin plastic material with fiber reinforcement, and it is well bonded to the fiber layer. The fiber material didn't separate at all, and it did not produce any mess or dust when cut, so there was zero mess to clean up. I covered my dishwasher with one full sheet of the barrier and figured out how I was going to cut it to fit. I made a few cuts with my shears, and the tailored barrier fit the dishwasher like a glove. I used a hot glue gun to attach the barrier to the dishwasher tub. The hot glue worked well, and held the barrier material in place perfectly. To cover a few long seams, I picked up a roll of the foil HVAC tape, just to keep that cool silver space age look. The foil tape worked great with the radiant barrier, sealing up the seams. I am not sure how the hot glue will hold up over time with the heat of the dishwasher, but I can check in a year or two and upgrade to a different glue if necessary. A single sheet completely covered the dishwasher, and I had a few small remnants left. I returned the second one that I bought back at my local store. This stuff is awesome. Based on the reviews, it seems like there are dozens of uses for it. May 22, 2016
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
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