Question: I'm interested in installing a radiant barrier - can I really install it myself? Just how difficult is it?
Accessibility & Getting a Helper are Key
Yes, you can do this! Access around the attic is probably the single biggest factor people face when installing AtticFoil® Radiant Barrier. You might have a large, open attic that could take half as much time as a small attic that is crammed with obstacles (such as ductwork, storage, etc.) that is difficult to maneuver around in. The second tip we always recommend to DIY-ers is to get a helper! A second set of hands makes this project go much easier and faster. Just like painting a room could be done by one person alone, two or more people can dramatically speed up the process and make it even easier. There are plenty of jobs for the helpers: measuring, cutting, holding one end of the roll, etc. are all great ways to utilize a second person. In fact, many customers talk to a friend or neighbor before purchasing and often times they will place an order together to save on shipping and then each one will help the other with installation. The process of installing a radiant barrier is simple enough that even teenagers and college kids can help.
Still Have Concerns About Being Able to Do the Job?
No problem. We recommend that just as you would with any new DIY project you take it slow. Start out by purchasing a small roll – 500 or 1,000 square feet is a good amount to start with and it's a relatively small investment to give it a try with. Choose one section of your attic (we recommend a south-facing slope of the roof or over a "hot" room) and see how it goes. If it goes well and you're able to get coverage, then go ahead and purchase the rest of the material you need to finish up the job and you're good to go. If however, you are having trouble or decide it is just not a project you want to do – you can either stop with where you are or you can hire someone to finish the job for you. Probably one of the biggest benefits to installing a radiant barrier is that the job doesn't have to look nice and pretty to be effective. As long as you have an air space on at least one side of the foil, then the foil will work! So don't worry about the cosmetics of the job and just focus on covering as much as you can, as fast as you can. For more tips and pictures from customers who have done it themselves, check out our "Do It Yourself" installation pictures.
Best Tips for an Easy Installation