Radiant Barrier

Save Energy While Being Environmentally Friendly

Radiant Barrier Application

HeatBloc-Ultra is the newest type of radiant heat barrier coating we are able to apply on the underside of your roof. It has the best emissivity rating of any liquid product. Our new Ultra product virtually no odor and very low VOCs. With very low VOCs it’s one of our most environmentally friendly products we offer for your home and family.

Here are some points to note about HeatBloc-Ultra

  • Low emissivity, high reflectivity
  • Permeable, doesn’t trap any moisture
  • Easily installed
  • Does not block cellular or antennae signals
  • Excellent investment, normally saves 10 – 15% of AC costs, improves comfort levels
  • Improves efficiency of existing insulation
  • Only economical way to retrofit radiant barrier to existing structures
  • Increases the value of your home

What is Emissivity?

The emittance of a material refers to its ability to release absorbed heat. Scientists use a number between 0 and 1, or 0% and 100%, to express emittance. With the exception of a metallic surface, most roofing materials can have emittance values above 0.85 (85%). One example is a metal wrench left in the sun, which is hot to the touch because it has a low emissivity value.

Link Between Energy Savings and Emissivity

Solar reflectance is the most important characteristic of a roof product in terms of yielding the highest energy savings during warmer months. The higher the solar reflective value the more efficient the product is in reflecting sunlight and heat away from the building and reducing roof temperature. This is particularly important in areas of the U.S. where peak load is a concern.

Emissivity can also contribute to a cool roof. In warm and sunny climates highly emissive roof products can help reduce the cooling load on the building by releasing the remaining heat absorbed from the sun. However, there is also evidence that low emissivity may benefit those buildings located in colder climates by retaining heat and reducing the heating load. Research on the benefits of emissivity is ongoing. Discuss reflectance and emissivity with your roofing contractor to determine what characteristics matter most given your unique climate.

ENERGY STAR Requirements

ENERGY STAR qualified roof products must meet minimum initial and aged solar reflectance values. Emissivity is not currently a requirement for ENERGY STAR qualification. However, starting December 31, 2007, EPA will post emissivity values for all products on the ENERGY STAR Qualified Products List to assist consumers in their purchasing decision. Longer term, EPA plans to revisit the possibility of adding an emissivity component to the ENERGY STAR specification.

*Information courtesy of HeatBloc & EnergyStar.gov

Before & After Photos: Radiant Barrier Application

San Antonio, TX February 2014

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