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Q

Is there a trick to getting it to work?

A

Not really. The only requirement, or "trick," is that the insulation must have an airspace of 50 microns (the thickness of your thumbnail) on at least one side in order for it to retain optimal reflective qualities.

Q

Can insulation I already have in my attic breathe and not collect moisture if I put a radiant barrier over it?

A

Absolutely! Make sure and use the perforated kind. The tiny holes (micro-perfs) will allow you to have excellent radiant properties without creating a vapor barrier above your existing insulation.

Q

What kind of benefit does this insulation give to hog buildings?

A

Actually, ASTRO-SHIELD is beneficial to all types of animal confinement buildings.
First, since ASTRO-SHIELD is not affected by moisture, high pressure sprayers can be
easily used to keep the interior of the building clean & disinfected, reducing time
and expense. But the main benefit is that ASTRO-SHIELD, when left exposed to the
inside, reflects the animals' body heat they radiate naturally back to them, lowering
climate control costs, & keeping them more comfortable. Anyone who's in the
business of animal confinement will tell you that the amount of comfort is directly
related to how healthy and well they grow. More comfort=more growth with less feed!

Q

What is the exact thermal value of ASTRO-SHIELD?

A

Because R-values (the industry standard for all types of insulation) do not accurately measure the effectiveness of reflective insulation (the heat reflecting abilities of exposed aluminum foil surfaces coupled with the added benefits of ASTRO-FOIL's vapor and wind barrier properties,) at this time, the insulation industry has not given a standard measurement of the thermal performance of any reflective insulation.

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