When a building is constructed, insulation is a key part of that. Commercial insulation is a type of product that has a professional standard grade. It is generally installed by a licensed contractor, or by a specialist with the right training. Many different types of commercial insulation products exist, and it is important to research your options before you have it installed. Choosing the insulation will depend on the type of building that is being constructed, the climate in which you live, your budget and more.
Insulation Materials and Insulation
There are many different types of insulation materials. Each of these provides a different degree of protection and reduction of sound, moisture, fire and heat. This is why you must know how you are going to use a certain space before you have it insulated. You also need to think about how you want to make sure that the insulation you choose assists you in managing the overall costs of your operations. You will find, for instance, that thicker insulation tends to be more expensive. On the other hand, the long term cost savings that you will experience with thicker insulation is also higher. This means that, since the product is also more durable, you will actually see a greater return on investment overall. Plus, thicker materials are vital if you need to prevent pipe freezes, or if you work in an area where temperatures and condensation vary. Basically, thicker materials are generally more energy efficient.
A commercial insulation company will also talk to you about the different insulation materials. Generally, you can choose from rock wool blanket, rock wool pipe, fiberglass board and blanket or fiberglass pipe. However, as more and more companies are becoming more energy conscious and are taking active steps to lower their carbon footprint, it is now also possible to choose slag wool or green rock, which is the highest quality material of all.
Fiberglass pipe insulation is installed as a single piece of molded material that is three foot in size. Usually, it is used to cover processing piping and other equipment in industrial plants, particularly if these process chemicals, food products or water. This is because it is able to cope with temperatures up to 1,000F. Fiberglass board and blanket options can resist the same temperature. Additionally, they provide excellent sound insulation. This is why they tend to be used in air condition, heating and ventilation systems, or in external pipe or wall protection and electricity processing. Rock wool pipe covering has a very wide temperature range, being able to withstand temperatures ranging from -120F to 1,200F. Furthermore, it helps prevent mildew and mold by reducing condensation. Rock wool blankets are made of mineral wool. It comes in sheets, which means they are often used to cover complex shapes like ductwork, cooling tanks and pipes. Mineral wool options (rock and slag wool) are the greenest of all, and they offer excellent insulation properties in a variety of conditions as well.