Reflective Sheeting Installation In Arizona

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RIMA Expert Staff asked 3 years ago

The thermal coating on the underside of my attic roof is rated at 0.147 transmissivity or conversely, 84.3% reflectivity. Reflective sheeting is rated at 97%, but it will degrade as dust collects on its surface. If reflective sheeting were put directly on the underside of attic roofing OSB, would it be as effective as Lo/Mit-II Max ? What is the best long-term solution here in Phoenix, AZ?

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RIMA Expert Staff answered 3 years ago

A material whose surface has the lowest emissivity (highest reflectivity) will always outperform with higher emissivity (lowest reflectivity). A radiant barrier, reflective insulation or IRCC that is applied to the underside of the roof will not collect dust — its reflective surface would be facing down.