Sigma Radiant barrier in barns

At BRT, we specialize in providing top quality, effective, affordable solutions for finishing and insulating your agricultural buildings.

The most cost-effective way to enhance the energy efficiency level of any building over the long- term, is to improve its insulation. A better-insulated building will heat better in the winter and stay cooler in the summer. This can have a host of benefits.

One of the top ways we have found to cost-effectively improve the insulation value of any building, including dairy barns, shops, Quonsets and more, is through the installation of a radiant barrier technology. We are right now the main distributor and installer of Sigma Radiant Barrier in Canada. We have installed hundreds of thousands of square feet in a variety of buildings over the past few years. The results when installed the correct way have been astonishing. Whether it’s a dairy, chicken, or hog barn, the benefits in performance and comfort of the animals can be significant after installation of a radiant barrier for both summer and winter.

Another benefit to consider in using Sigma Radiant Barrier is that it can be installed to replace/double as a ceiling finish material in lieu of something like vinyl. The result will give a bright commercial-looking finish. A significant benefit of this type of install is the cost-savings, which can be around $1.50 - $2.00 per square foot savings over some of the other typical finishing/insulating methods. Below is more information about radiant barrier technology. Visit our photo gallery to see our past installations.


Black Globe Effect

This is a little known natural phenomenon that increases stress on animals due to increased body temperature, caused by absorbing radiant heat. Whether an animal is indoors or out, in temperatures exceeding 78F, it absorbs an increasing amount of radiant energy from the sun. Even in buildings, the penetrating radiant energy accelerates the black globe effect, as though the building temp were 10-20F above ambient!

When the "Black Globe Effect" is reduced, minimized or eliminated, improved weight gain, egg production etc. are achieved. The Dairy industry has reported 10%+ increases in milk production when the effect is eliminated. Conception rates have increased to 20%+; broiler house, feed conversions went from 2.3 - 2.8 lbs. Of feed to 2.0 lbs. Per bird. Many producers are finding that their animals grow faster and more efficiently after installing a Radiant barrier.


Radiant Barrier in Barn ceilings

Sigma’s ThemFlux 3100 Radiant barrier is ideally suited for installation in barn attics as a very affective heat abatement option in summer and will also help keep your livestock warmer in winter was well. There are several different options for installing Sigma Radiant barrier in different styles of barns and buildings.

There are also several options for the look of the finished installation depending on budget, one option is to install Sigma Radiant barrier as a replacement for the ceiling finish material. For more details and pricing, please contact us.  


Radiant barrier as the finished ceiling

We have developed a system to stretched and apply Sigma Radiant barrier to ceilings as the finished ceiling material, in place of more traditional finished like plywood or vinyl. Typically, a traditional finish with poly, vinyl and blowing, would cost in the range of $3.50-$4.50/ft2.

With our system using Sigma we can lower that cost for finishing and insulation a ceiling in colder climate significantly. With everything included, the cost would usually be in the range of around $2.00-$2.50/ft2, but will vary some case by case. The result is a barn that will out preform a traditionally finished and insulated barn in both the summer heat and in the winter cold, which will be of noticeable benefit of keeping the barn warmer and improving the ventilation in winter. And yes, Sigma can also be washed to keep your ceiling clean and working at its best.

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We work hard to be competitively priced and to get the work done in a timely manner, no matter the building project. At the same time, we pride ourselves on holding to a high standard of quality workmanship in every part of the building process. At the end of the day, your satisfaction is our top priority!