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Radiant Barrier in Walls and Crawl Spaces

Knee Walls: ARMA FOIL?

Radiant Barrier can be attached to the attic (exterior) side of a knee wall to cut down on radiant heat gain or heat loss in the winter.  It is recommended that insulation be encapsulated on all six sides with a rigid air barrier like sheathing or foam board.  If possible install sheathing on the attic side first and then cover with radiant barrier.

  • 1. You should use a perforated material (ARMA FOIL™) for this application.

  • 2. If there is no air barrier installed on the attic side, consider adding sheathing or foam board to encapsulate the insulation on all six sides.

  • 3. Unroll the Radiant Barrier and staple to the exterior side of the wall facing the attic, overlapping each run by about 2 inches.

  • 4. You should tape the seams and secure the edges to the framing to create a backside air barrier.  This will help to reduce air infiltration.

Radiant barrier on kneewall

This image was taken from the interior prior to installation of sheet rock.
(ARMA FOIL™ is installed on attic side and has a foil surface facing the open attic.)

Vapor Barrier: ARMA FOIL-VB?

If your local climate or building code calls for an interior vapor barrier, Non Perforated Radiant Barrier can be used as a vapor / radon barrier.  Radiant barrier in walls will reduce moisture inside the house from passing through into mass insulation.

  • 1. You must use non-perforated (ARMA FOIL-VB™) material for this job.

  • 2. Unroll the Radiant Barrier and staple to the interior side of the wall studs and insulation.

  • 3. Overlap each run by about 2 inches.

  • 4. To create a true vapor barrier, you must tape all seams and penetrations.

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