Business Advice5 min

How To Choose Between Radiant Barrier Sheathing And Spray Foam Insulation

If you’re a builder weighing the choice between radiant barrier sheathing and spray foam insulation for reducing attic heat, there are many factors to consider. LP recommends that you consult an energy rater to determine which option provides the most value for your application.

However, radiant barrier sheathing in general offers a number of advantages over spray foam insulation, including:

  • Proven Durability: Traditional vented attic assemblies with radiant barriers have a long history of reliable performance. Such systems allow for continuous drying of roofing materials during construction and throughout the life of the structure. Spray foam applied to the underside of the roof deck has the potential to trap moisture caused by roof leaks, potentially leading to rot and decay of the roof framing. These issues may go unnoticed for years until it’s too late.
  • Complementary Systems: Attic insulation works by slowing conductive heat flow from the attic into the living space, whereas radiant barriers reduce radiant energy from heating the attic – resulting in reduced attic temperatures by up to 20° to 30° F. This reduction in attic temperature significantly improves the efficiency of attic insulation. Combined, the two systems result in a highly energy-efficient and cost-effective solution.
  • Cost Efficiency: Spray foam is expensive – sometimes thousands of dollars more than other types of insulation. Plus spray foaming the entire roof deck consumes far more insulation than would be required on the attic floor in a typical vented attic assembly.

lp techshield radiant barrier benefits over spray foam insulation

  • Better Ratio of Conditioned Space vs. Livable Space: Foam-encapsulated attics significantly increase the volume of space the homeowner must pay to condition (when attic floor insulation is eliminated) without increasing livable space. 
  • Easier Installation: Radiant barrier sheathing doesn’t require any special expertise to install, while spray foam insulation requires highly trained installers using special equipment.
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Protecting Your Business From Subcontractor Mistakes

Both general contractors and building product dealers have a lot on the line when they use subs, so it’s important to understand subcontractor liability. It’s common for both dealers and Big Box retailers to hire a subcontractor to install materials like hardwood flooring purchased at their stores. GCs likewise have relationships with many trade subcontractors.

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Industry Trends4 min
A Mid-Year Look at 2019 Exterior Trends

While many building professionals actively seek out exterior trends at the start of the new year, it’s important to keep on top of trends as we approach the latter half of 2019. Taking a mid-year look at what industry trends have dominated so far and what’s to come will ensure you are delivering your customers timely recommendations when it comes to their home’s aesthetic.

Industry Trends8 min
Building Smarter Starts With Smashing Silos

One of the most vexing problems in home construction is that productivity isn’t rising fast enough – even though there are fabulous productivity tools everywhere you look. Making a process lean and efficient isn’t always the answer, according to John Murphy from the consulting firm FMI. Sometimes a process can be scrapped entirely, which in turn causes productivity to soar. But it can only happen when all the key stakeholders – developers, designers, manufacturers and builders – tear down their respective silos and start collaborating more effectively.

Industry Trends7 min
A Solution for the Labor Shortage?

The on-going shortage of skilled labor in the construction field is forcing manufacturers to find creative ways to deal with it, particularly in product design and training. First, the products themselves need to be intuitive and designed to eliminate unnecessary mistakes. Sub-flooring products offer a good example of how to design for easy installation.