Attic Radiant Barrier Installation

What You'll Need
Attic foil (radiant barrier)
Clips for the radiant barrier
Measuring tape
Attic foil paint (optional)
Staple gun

An attic radiant barrier could lower the cost of cooling your home. Attic radiant barriers are composed of several layers insulating foil, which deflect the heat coming through the roof and into your house. Installing these radiant barriers, sometimes called attic foils, is easy if you follow these instructions.

Step 1 - Measure

Using your measuring tape, determine the length and the width of the floor in the attic so you know how big an attic barrier you need. There are a lot of attic barriers to choose from at your local hardware store, and, since this is an investment you will be using for a long time, you shouldn't skimp on quality.

Ask your salesperson to help you choose. You can also ask them how many clips you will need to secure your attic barrier, given its size.

Step 2 - Prepare

Once you are done purchasing all the materials you need, the next step is to prepare your attic for the installation. Remove all the items in your attic and then clean the floor.

After cleaning, measure the dimensions of your attic and transcribe those onto a piece of paper. Measure the distances between the vents and mark them on your paper.

Based on your measurements, mark the places where you have vents on the foil insulators and cut them using your cutter. Get your radiant attic barrier and roll it out on the floor of your attic. Attach all the layers with your clips to prevent them from moving.

Step 3 - Install

Once you have firmly placed your attic foil, use a staple gun to attach your radiant barrier from underneath the attic roof, using a ladder if necessary. Make the distances of the staples as equal as possible to prevent unevenness. Once you are done attaching your radiant barrier foil, apply some attic foil paint to make it last longer.