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Reflective Insulation - Anyone use it in their coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MoonShadows, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. MoonShadows

    MoonShadows The Jam Man

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    I know there are varying opinions about insulating chicken coops, but I have decided to insulate at least the floor and the roof of my coop. The floor to keep it warmer for them in the winter and the roof to keep it cooler for them in the summer. The insulation I plan on using is a reflective insulation It reflects radiant heat. Probably the best known brand is Reflectix. (http://www.reflectixinc.com/) It reflects radient energy away from or back into depending on how you install it.. It is sold in Lowe's and Home Depot and the price is quite reasonable. It looks relatively easy to work with and has many redeemable qualities such as:

    • Reflects 94% + of radiant energy (Reflective/Bubble Reflective Insulation)
    • Reflects 95% of radiant energy (Reflective/Fabric Radiant Barrier)
    • Easy to install
    • Fiber-free
    • Does not require protective clothing or respirators to install
    • Class A / Class 1 Fire Rating
    • Inhibits condensation
    • Resists growth of fungi, mold and mildew
    • Non-toxic / non-carcinogenic
    • Does not compress, collapse or disintegrate
    • Durable and lightweight
    • Environmentally safe
    • Does not promote nesting of insects or rodents
    • Lowers heating and cooling costs year-round
    • Vapor and radon retarder
    • Not affected by moisture or humidity
    • Permanent and maintenance free

    Has anyone used this, and what were the results? Like it; not like it?
     
  2. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did put some of this in the ceiling and around the area were my pullets roost.my coop does have some cracks were the boards dried out.and separated.i have pop doors in the bottom in my coop.and when i close those up at night .the coops does feel warm and cozy.(and it may be just a mind thing on my part).its not expensive and easy to put up.we stapled ours.I'm hoping this will help this summer.
     
  3. MoonShadows

    MoonShadows The Jam Man

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    That sounds good, bucky. It has so many good things about it, especially for a coop.
     
  4. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone on this site used this.they lived in Arizona.i was told this really helped cooled down their coops.
     
  5. MoonShadows

    MoonShadows The Jam Man

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    Ah, that's what I want, especially in the summer. With a corrugated metal roof, I want the roof to reflect the heat in the summer.
     
  6. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my roof is metal also.My DH loves our little flock of hens.but he is the worst when it comes to anything i want to do as far as the coop and run.he question me on the reflective insulation. i told him i would love to have a huge run for my girls.WHY? was his remark.you only have 8 chickens.they do have a nice covered run.but i can't let my girls free range we have to many hawks and roaming dogs.The huge run is a dream,It may be built and it may not.
     
  7. MoonShadows

    MoonShadows The Jam Man

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    Ah, you can talk him into it. The more I read about the reflective insulation, the more I likeit.
     
  8. aldarita

    aldarita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We used radiant barrier OSB in our coop and run roofs. Currently we are building a new coop in which we are also installing radiant barrier OSB . I wonder if it is the same or something similar to the reflective insulation. The OSB sheets have this silver color material in one side. We have metal roofs on top of this material and I noticed this past summer (first one with chickens) that it really helped with the heat (106F average). We are also adding insulation (R13) to the new coop's roof to make it even cooler, my girls had a real hard time with the high temps last summer so DH and I are always looking for ways to keep them the least stressed. This summer I plan to take some readings on temps at different times of the day to see how much this insulation efforts help. We will keep you posted.
     
  9. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    please do.I wished my DH would think like yours.
     
  10. MoonShadows

    MoonShadows The Jam Man

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    I just spent a half hour reading about radiant barrier osb, but I can't find it sold at a Home Depot or Lowes within 50 miles of my house. In fact, I can't find it sold anywhere around here. It seems to be all over the place in the south and southwest.
     

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