Log Cabin Restored with Help of EcoFoil
Annie used perforated radiant barrier foil to reduce energy costs in the log cabin. Annie Rieken has worked on the restoration of many historic structures during her career as a professional archeologist and architectural historian. When it came time for Annie and her husband David to tackle their own historic restoration – the roof renovation of their 1850s log cabin – Annie began researching insulative options for their project.When Annie came across EcoFoil perforated radiant barrier
, she found a product that checked all her roof renovation project's boxes: eco-friendly, stable, sustainable, great price, and ease of application.
Roof Renovation Project
Annie and David were looking to change out roughly half the roof of their log cabin. Their cabin had been notoriously difficult to heat in the winter and nearly impossible to cool in the summer. So, in addition to replacing the roof, they wanted to create a more comfortable living space.They were disappointed to discover their old sheet metal roof had been nailed directly into one of the original shake roofs, which was partially holding the roof rafter system intact. The skip sheathing on the old cabin, like many older structures Annie had worked with, was integral in holding the roof up. This limited their options and spurred them to get creative.After much consideration, Annie and David decided their best option was to latch the old roof on, sweep it down to remove as much debris as possible, and go over the old roof with EcoFoil.Annie observed during the installation that the contractors were easily able to unroll the lightweight radiant barrier and tack it into place. The men were able to stand on it without the worry of tearing it and were very happy with its overall durability.After laying the barrier over the original tin roof, they furred over the top of it to straighten out the roof line. This created a 2” to 8” area of dead space that Annie believed was critical to allow EcoFoil’s reflectivity to work properly. As a final step to this project, a new underlayment of solid board helped create a way to attach the new standing seam metal roof.
Radiant barrier reflects 96% of radiant heat and is ideal for both warm and cold climates.
The savings in heating and cooling the cabin since this renovation has been dramatic, according to Annie. The upstairs of the cabin – an unfinished log room that was virtually unusable due to the climate – is now a comfortable, livable area they can enjoy.Although adding another layer of sheathing and the standing seam helped with this, Annie believes it’s really the EcoFoil radiant barrier that’s made the biggest difference. “You don’t need a meter in your hand to walk into a space that’s been previously untreated, and once we have this EcoFoil on it we know we can use this room now,” says Annie.Other results from the EcoFoil were a little more instantaneous. Annie says EcoFoil was installed on a 28-degree day in February. The reflective nature of the product was immediately apparent to the installers; they could feel the sunlight's warmth being reflected during their work.
Annie has noticed dramatic energy savings since installing EcoFoil.
The Next EcoFoil Renovation
Annie and David are so thrilled with the results from their roof renovation project they are currently experimenting with retrofitting an old farrowing shed to transform it into a machine shop and workshop. Still in the early stages of the remodel, David is lining the entire inside of the 20’ x 36’ shop with EcoFoil, using it as wallpaper with the intent of going over the top of it with pegboard and a decorative finish.If you have questions about how EcoFoil can help make your space more comfortable, give us a call at 888-349-3645 or visit ecofoil.com.