Installation Tips for Reflective Insulation and Radiant Barrier
We want to make your installation experience as safe and easy as possible. Please follow these tips and recommendations before you get started.
Helpful Safety Tips for Installing Radiant Barrier and Reflective Insulation
• Read all instructions before you begin the installation.
• Always check local building codes before installing a radiant barrier or reflective insulation.
• Check the area you are insulating and make any needed repairs before you begin. Any bare or worn wiring should be replaced or repaired by a licensed electrician before you begin installing a radiant barrier or reflective insulation. Metalized film coming into contact with a "live" uninsulated wire can lead to serious injury or even death.
• Radiant barrier or reflective insulation are designed to work best when an air space of at least 1/2" or 3/4" can be used.
• Unroll the radiant barrier or reflective insulation as you work, cutting it to suitable lengths with scissors or a utility knife.
• Do not work in areas such as attics when temperatures are too hot. Consult your physician for more information.
• Make sure work areas are well ventilated and well lighted.
• Always use eye protection when operating staple guns.
• Use caution and common sense when using a stapling gun. Do not staple through wires! Even if the wires are properly insulated, stapling a radiant barrier or reflective insulation to a wire may cause the radiant barrier or reflective insulation itself to act as a "live" wire. which could lead to serious injury or even death.
• Be careful when working with large pieces of radiant barrier or reflective insulation on windy days.
• When working with a radiant barrier or reflective insulation on bright sunny days, it is best to wear sunglasses.
• NEVER USE DUCT TAPE. Only use approved reflective aluminum tape.
• Always apply tape to a clean, dry surface.
• Apply tape evenly over all seams. Use a flat-edged object when applying and add pressure against the tape to achieve the best adhesion.
• When applying to an area where moisture or condensation is a concern, use an acrylic-based adhesive tape for best results.