Insulation for industries is a lot cheaper and more efficient than it has ever been in the past. There was a time when insulation did not make sense for industrial buildings, because the costs were too high and the rewards were not sufficiently impressive to merit such an investment. But finding low emissivity insulation materials and methods is not as challenging as it seems. Here is a look at five of the most creative and useful thermal insulation materials used in various industries. These materials are chosen based on their R-values, impact on the environment, potential flammability and the cost-effectiveness.
Fiberglass is one of the most common materials used for insulation over the past five to ten years. It is made in a way that ensures the fine strands of glass are easy to use as an insulation material. Fiberglass is fantastic at ensuring heat transfer is minimal, while it is completely non-flammable. The only issue with fiberglass arises in its construction, because it is a dangerous material to create. There are cases of workers getting damage to their lungs and skin from handling fiberglass improperly.
- Mineral Wool
Mineral wool is a general term that may reference anything from glass wool to recycled glass to slag wool. Mineral wool is very cheap, and it provides very good insulation. It is also a non-combustible material. Using mineral wool in combination with other, fire-resistant materials is one of the most cost-effective ways to provide insulation for very large buildings.
For those businesses who are looking to watch their environmental impact, along with getting better insulation for their buildings, it is a good idea to look at cellulose. It is very eco-friendly because it is created by combining recycled materials, such as cardboard, paper and other items. The expert consensus on cellulose seems to indicate that it is great for providing insulation, while ensuring there is no danger of fire damage to a property – from the outside. The reason cellulose does not allow a fire to spread is because of how tightly the material is held together, which means it contains almost no oxygen.
- Polyurethane Foam
While it is not a hugely abundant material, polyurethane foam is a great way of insulating certain types of buildings. The foam is very light, while it is so low density that you can spray it into areas where there is currently no insulation. The material is also fire resistant.
A waterproof material, polystyrene is excellent for providing insulation from both sound and temperature. For industries where the factories can get very noisy, having sound insulation is a great way to ensure no noise pollution impacts the nearby homes or community buildings. Polystyrene is usually cut into blocks, which makes it perfect for insulating walls. The only problem with the material is its flammable nature, but this is easily corrected by using a chemical known as HBCD in conjunction with the polystyrene.
Each of these materials has its merits, because they can provide an industrial building with the type of insulation it needs during the summer and winter months.