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Old 01-05-2016, 10:04 AM   #1
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Baseboard Cover Reflective Material


I just made some wood baseboard covers and want to put a reflective material on the underside to deflect the heat and not have the wood absorb it. I put flashing type metal behind the actual baseboard against the drywall but it was a bit tough to work with. Can I use tinfoil or something similiar on the underside of the baseboard cover..lol Thanks
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Yes. You can double over some tin foil and it should work.

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I've purchased thin aluminum sheet from the news print shop at a very reasonable cost for projects similar to yours. AL foil will probably work but it can be aggravating also, to me anyway.
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Oh....baseboard heater covers.....

AL is the wrong thing to use....it's a great conductor of heat.

About the only metal that would work is stainless steel. I doubt you want to use that....

And any metal you use needs to stand off from the wood a short distance to give you an air gap...otherwise, the wood will eventually become the same temp as the metal.

Personally....I wouldn't worry about it. Not unless the wood is going to get over 140 deg.

A couple coats of exterior high gloss and you should be good to go. No different than the paint being under the glare of direct sunlight....minus the UV
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I would go with a heavier gauge metal. You can use some wood shims to keep it propped up off the hardwoods.
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Granted the stainless would be more reflective but as W on W states, to prevent conduction contact needs to be avoided as much as possible.
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I'm confused. Won't the wood absorb the heat. I need as little of that as possible and as much as possible in the room.
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Now I'm confused. Why is the baseboard cover built the way it is? It looks like you have vents to let the heat out.

If you want the maximum transfer of heat, use insulated duct. It is a waste of time to try and protect the wood....you still have the issue of the bottom side of the duct.

If you can't find small enough flexible duct, the use B-Vent pipe
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Well, I've tried, but not the brightest, so can't seem to get it into words that would make sense to anyone. Simply put though, my thoughts are that the wood register covers are going to act just like any other object in the house, be it sofas, chairs, tables, whatever, so yes, they're going to absorb heat to a certain point, after which they are going to defer the heat to the air. Granted, it seems that they will get warmer than other objects, being closer to the source, but they don't generate the heat, so won't get as warm as the source. And just like other objects, they are going to temper the temperature a bit, in that they store heat, so as the air starts to cool again, they radiate it back to the air. Maybe I'm wrong, certainly wouldn't be the first time, but I don't see this being a direct issue. Indirectly, allowing them to absorb the heat may lead to splitting and/or glue separation, but I don't know how much affect deflecting some of it may be.
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Ayuh,.... Baseboards are convective heaters, not radiant,...

By the looks of the fins on that radiation, I doubt it's gettin' anywhere near the air flow it should be gettin',....

'n I agree, whether the wood absorbs heat or not is irrelevant, unimportant,....
They DO need to promote air flow though,....
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DD they are made similar to how the original metal ones were(see attached) vented top and bottom half. Dont understand Why you think having venting like that is an issue.

Thank for all the responses.
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Ok....then there is no worry about protecting the wood. What ever heat it absorbs, it will emit.

No reason to worry about it.

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