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ZIP System® Featured on ProudGreenHome.com

02/24/2014

This article originally appeared on ProudGreenHome.com on Feb. 21, 2014. 

Radiant barrier roof panels cut construction time and home cooling loads

Radiant barrier roof panels cut construction time and home cooling loads (video)In sunny climates, radiant barriers in the roof can help cut cooling costs during the summer. Often the barriers are applied after the home is built with foil or other materials applied to the trusses.

To eliminate the need to apply foil after construction, and eliminate the need for roof felt, Huber Engineered Woods launched the Zip System radiant barrier roof panel.

The radiant barrier roof panel combines the ZIP System technology with a radiant material on the underside of the panel.

The ZIP system is a roofing or wall sheathing with a coating that delivers moisture protection under the home's exterior cladding. When used with the ZIP System tape it also offers a high level of air sealing along with strength and durability compared to standard construction with OSB and house wrap.

"ZIP System is the fastest, best way to protect a home from moisture and heat. We're pleased to extend its value for builders and homeowners alike by introducing radiant barrier roof panels," said Brent Flotkoetter, product director for Huber Engineered Woods. "Rain or shine, ZIP System radiant barrier roof panels provide the protection and performance needed in homes today."

ZIP System radiant barrier combines the energy efficiency benefits of radiant barrier with the superior moisture protection and simple installation of ZIP System sheathing.

"The benefit of ZIP System to me as a builder is the speed of installation. I like it for its high success rate, its ease of installation, and its immediate use," said Eric Johnson, founder and president of E.S. Johnson Builders. “ZIP System prevents air and moisture infiltration, and when radiant barrier was introduced it solved all my problems.”

ZIP System radiant barrier panels block up to 97 percent of radiant heat transfer which can lower attic temperatures by as much as 30 degrees. The all-in-one sheathing allows for a faster, more efficient installation, providing an instant 180-day rough dry-in. Homeowners also can reap the benefits of ZIP System Radiant Barrier, as the roof panels reduce home cooling costs up to 12 percent.

"When I decided to build a new home, one of the most important things was to have a radiant barrier installed," said Amy Cook, a homeowner in Charlotte, N.C. "With ZIP System radiant barrier, I've seen a significant difference in my heating and cooling costs. I also have less dust in the house, thanks to ZIP System's airtight seal."

ZIP System radiant barrier roof panels are available in 1/2-inch, 5/8-inch, and 7/16-inch thicknesses. ZIP System roof panels eliminate the need for felt paper, resulting in a more efficient building process.

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