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Enerflex Radiant Barrier From Home Depot vs AtticFoil Radiant Barrier Direct

Hi i’m ed fritz, owner of atticfoil and in this tutorial i’m gonna compare enerflex brand radiant barrier to AtticFoil brand Radiant Barrier. Now there’s two main differences between these products. First, is the install method and second is the price. Now first of all, let me say Enerflex radiant barrier is a good product and it does well at reflecting heat, as a radiant barrier. It, along with AtticFoil, is going to reflect over 95% of the radiant heat, so it’s a good product as far as reflecting heat. However, it’s significantly.

More expensive and the install method is different. so, there’s my disclaimer, now please don’t send me any nasty letters from any lawyers. The first main difference between Enerflex Radiant Barrier and AtticFoil Radiant Barrier is the install method. Enerflex is a product that kinda snaps in between the rafters like this. AtticFoil brand radiant barrier you staple it to the bottom of the rafters and go all the way across the roof and just staple it on. So you can run one long piece in just a couple of minutes. But the big difference.

Is what’s called thermal bypass. because the enerflex product is stuck between the rafters(it does a pretty good job at reflecting the heat from here to here) but unfortunately when you leave these rafters exposed heat comes from the roof, it comes into the rafter and then it’s radiated across the attic. AtticFoil, when you staple it to the bottom of the rafter, works off a quality called emissivity. Emissivity is the ability not to convert energy into radiant heat. It’s kinda like wrapping a potato with foil to keep it hot. We want to keep.

That heat going backward. so, here the heat’s coming off the roof it’s actually working off what’s called the reflectivity quality that’s reflecting it back. Where the rafters are, it’s working off the emissivity quality. But, once again, the Enerflex product, because you stick it between the rafters, the rafters are exposed, heat comes from the roof (by conduction), comes in to the rafter and then it’s radiated across the attic. So you actually get less heat rejection using the Enerflex product than the AtticFoil product. Enerflex.

Also claims that their product is easier to install because you can just snap it between the rafters and I’ve messed with it a little bit and it’s not too difficult. However, this is a 4 foot section and this is a 4 foot section of AtticFoil. In less time as it takes to snap in some of these panels, you can run a piece of AtticFoil 10, 20, 30, 40 feet, staple it up, get more coverage because you’re covering the rafters and it’s faster and easier to install. Plus, in real attics, not every section is just like this with wide open rafters.

You’ve got hips and valleys and corners and everything. where atticfoil you can pull it, you can cut it, turn it it doesn’t really matter. All you’re really trying to do is get a piece of radiant barrier between the hot roof and the cool insulation. We want to reject all that heat coming off the roof and keep the insulation cooler. Once again, Enerflex, because it leaves the rafters exposed, doesn’t do as good a job at reflecting (or reducing) as much heat coming in to the attic. The second big difference is the price. AtticFoil.

Brand radiant barrier is about $0.13 a square foot. enerflex radiant barrier is about $0.45 a square foot.So it’s about 3 times as much as AtticFoil brand radiant barrier. On a typical home you’re going to spend somewhere between $200 and $400 to purchase AtticFoil brand radiant barrier and that same home, if you did it in Enerflex, would cost somewhere between $600 and $1200. Now that is CRAZY when you think about it. Why on earth would you spend 3 times as much money for a similar product that actually produces less heat rejection?.

The whole point of doing an energy efficiency upgrade is to save money! so you can spend less money by purchasing the AtticFoil; it’s easy to install and you’re going to reduce more heat coming in to the attic as opposed to putting Enerflex between the rafters. At AtticFoil we do not sell through distributors or retail stores. We sell only direct to the consumer through the internet. We are the manufacturer it literally comes from our warehouse to your front porch. We put it in a box and ship it out the same day. This means.

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