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LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier Installation Problems to Avoid in Cathedral or Vaulted Ceiling Designs

Recently, homes are trending toward smaller, more compact sizes. Using extra-tall, cathedral or vaulted ceilings can create the illusion of a larger living space. But how do you avoid installation problems when insulating a cathedral or vaulted ceiling? How do you avoid problems when insulating an open ceiling? 

With little or no attic space over these living areas, a bit of planning is required to avoid potential pitfalls when constructing the framing and building envelope as well as positioning HVAC and insulation. Regardless of ceiling design, insulation helps optimize the home’s energy efficiency. A radiant barrier, such as LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier sheathing, can be an important element of your insulation plan.

Using LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier for Impressive Energy Efficiency

Building with LP TechShield Radiant Barrier is proven to help block up to 97% of radiant heat transferring through the panel. This can help reduce attic temperatures by up to 30° F. 

Constructing cathedral, vaulted or even open ceiling designs below LP TechShield Radiant Barrier sheathing requires a few installation tips to maximize its effectiveness. Don’t forget to review the complete installation instructions before beginning. 

#1: Always install LP TechShield panels with the foil side down and the skid-resistant side with the APA trademarks facing up.

#2: Maintain a minimum of ¾-inch air space below LP TechShield and any other material, including drywall, finished wood or insulation. This ¾-inch air gap allows the radiant barrier to work

#3: With no conventional attic, it’s critical to install soffit vents to ensure proper ventilation. Regardless of ceiling design, always comply with your local building codes regarding ventilation requirements. 

#4:  If you’re planning on an open or exposed ceiling design—for example in a loft space or garage or shed—do not paint the LP TechShield Radiant Barrier sheathing. The aluminum foil-like overlay allows the radiant barrier to work while the VaporVents technology allows the panel to breathe and lets moisture escape.

With proper LP TechShield Radiant Barrier installation, both you and your clients may enjoy two decades of peace-of-mind protection with its 20-Year Transferable Limited Warranty, not to mention the lasting benefits for the life of the home. 

Fire-rated sheathing is also important for smaller homes. If you’re building smaller single-family houses today, be sure to see why LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing is the perfect fit for today’s smaller homes.

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Tighter Building Envelopes

Overall, improvements in building envelopes have helped homeowners benefit from greater protection against moisture. Builders are able to create more energy-efficient homes overall due to these developments. However, when the exterior envelope doesn’t allow a structure to breathe, any moisture that gets trapped inside simply rots—causing more problems than intended. What is the solution to needing a tight building envelope that allows for proper airflow? Symbiotic materials, such as the LP Structural Solutions portfolio of products, provide an answer.

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On the Jobsite with LP Technical Sales Manager – Oscar Trejo

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HOW IS THE PAST IMPACTING THE FUTURE OF THE BUILDING INDUSTRY?

As a leader in building solutions, LP Structural Solutions is consistently moving in the direction of greater resiliency. Each innovative building solution is viewed through that lens, as well as how it can help achieve LP’s overall goal of Building a Better World™. But why this direction? What led LP to focus on resilience in construction? Craig Miles, Director of OSB Sales & Marketing, explores how past trends inform LP’s work on modern building techniques today.

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PREPARING FOR PRIME SIDING SELLING SEASON

Coming off an unprecedented year, the busiest season for selling siding is almost underway! COVID-19 is still a significant consideration as you attempt to move forward with your siding business while taking learnings and challenges from the pandemic into consideration. We talked with Erik Perkins of Perkins Builder Brothers to get insight straight from the jobsite about COVID-19’s impact, tips for prepping for a new season, and more. Read on to see how LP can support you with one of the most durable siding options out there as your business ramps up!