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Cost of Radiant Barrier Installation


By ProMatcher Staff



Radiant Barrier Installation Cost



The cost of installing radiant barrier insulation (or reflective barrier insulation) will increase or decrease based upon a number of factors. This article is intended to provide you a checklist of questions to ask yourself and your contractor. If you are looking to learn even more about the cost of installation, check out the ProMatcher Insulation Cost Report right now.

This key will serve as your guide:

$0 = No additional cost
$ = Standard cost
$$ = Additional cost


Ask Yourself:

How large is the home?

$ - When the house is less than 2,000 square feet.

$$ - When the house is more than 2,000 square feet.

Is the insulation being installed in an existing home?

$ - When the insulation is installed during a remodel or new construction.

$$ - When the insulation is retrofit to an existing home.

Does the existing insulation need to removed?

$0 – When there is no existing insulation.

$$ - When the existing insulation needs to be removed prior to installation of the reflective barrier.

What type of radiant barrier do I want to install?

$ - For a one-sided reflective foil insulation

$$ - For a double-sided reflective foil insulation

$$ - For a thicker, reflective bubble foil insulation

Where will the radiant barrier be installed?

$ - When the radiant barrier is installed on the attic floor.

$$ - When the radiant barrier is installed directly on the roof rafters.

$$$ - When the radiant barrier is installed on the exterior of the roof.

Is the attic and/or roof easily accessible?

$ - When the installation area is easy to access.

$$ - When the installation area is difficult to access (This may require special accommodations or additional safety equipment).

Does the radiant barrier need to be vapor-retardant?

$ - When a perforated radiant barrier is installed.

$$ - When a non-perforated, radiant barrier is installed to serve as a vapor barrier.

Does any additional ventilation need to be installed in the attic?

$0 - When no additional ventilation is required.

$$ - When an attic fan or additional vent is installed.

Does any other type of insulation need to be installed in the attic?

$ - When only the radiant barrier is installed.

$$ - When supplemental insulation (foam, batted, etc.) is installed as well.

Related: 8 Reasons Why You Should Insulate Your Home

Ask the Pro:



1. Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?

2. Do you have any references that I could contact?

3. What type of radiant barrier would you recommend?

4. How much can I expect to save on my monthly energy bills?

5. How long do you expect the installation to take?

6. What type of maintenance does the radiant barrier require?

7. Does any additional ventilation need to be installed in the attic?

8. Does the radiant barrier come with a manufacturer’s warranty?

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