Insulation for pipes: a review of thermal insulation materials, compare, choose

By Admin | Garden And Buildings / Construction And Repair
22 April 2016

With the arrival of winter emergency services are often faced with the problems that arise due to freezing pipes.Cold and severe frosts do not spare even the most high-quality and durable pipes - they burst.As a consequence, it is required to be replaced, and the time and money.Those who do not want to be sad fate befell the winter to stay without water and other facilities necessary to carry out work on warming.Fortunately, the market offers a great variety of different materials that can be used as insulation for pipes, to ensure their protection from frost.


Applying for insulating pipes or that type of insulation should consider its properties, characteristics and conditions of the env

ironment in which you plan to use it.For example, in laying of sewer systems based on many factors, and certainly made warming.Because the sewers are underground utilities, you can not immediately see the defects, which can lead to serious trouble, so choosing insulation for sewage pipes is with special care, or to entrust this work to professionals.

Since the effectiveness of the procedure depends on the type and quality of insulating materials, the need to become more familiar with the criteria that are worth paying attention.

main requirements for the heater ↑

Easy installation. is especially important for those who plan to carry out work on warming the pipes alone, and is not with the builder.

durability. The better the insulation, the longer it will be able to carry out its functions, the system will be better protected and less likely to need to mess with re-warming.

tightness.If heater passes water, he hardly save tube winter.

should take into account operational and technical characteristics of different types of insulation: thermal conductivity, resistance to high temperatures, etc.

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Fiberglass insulation of pipelines as the ↑

quite popular material that is produced by many names in the form of mats, rolls or panels of various sizes, thickness and density.It meets all the requirements that apply to insulation materials, however, is not always easy to install and requires no additional insulation and sealing, which increases the cost of the works and their duration.Most often used for metal pipes.

Practical basalt fiber ↑

Basalt fiber has all the necessary qualities to name it an excellent material for insulation.From it are made basalt wool, which is characterized by low water absorption and excellent thermal insulation properties.Sometimes, this fiber is used for the manufacture of special cylinders that are simply put on the pipe and are used for their thermal insulation, no skills for such a procedure is not required.Some confuse rather high price of the material, but it pays off long-life products.

Foam "shell"
Foam "shell»

Universal foam (Styrofoam) ↑

This material is economical, versatile and has the required performance properties.He enjoys well-deserved popularity and is often used when you want to perform a water pipe insulation, for example, in a private house.It is used for thermal insulation of pipes indoors and outdoors.Polystyrene "shell" that are interconnected can be with or without an outer coating.Installation is easy.For warming the angles in the water system suitable shaped shells of different shapes.

Pros polyethylene foam ↑

relatively new material.At present, there are two kinds of it - physically crosslinked and chemically cross-linked polyethylene foam.The most widespread last because of its low price.This material is used at temperatures ranging from - 40 to + 90 ° C.

Relative humidity plays practically no role, it can reach up to 100%.Thanks to the special structure of polyethylene foam is elastic and has a high thermal resistance.This insulation is widely used for self-insulation of water pipes and heating pipes made of different materials.

Penofol foiling
Penofol foiling - a heater of a new generation

Progressive foiling penofol ↑

belongs to a new type of heaters.Structure: polished aluminum foil and polyethylene foam base.There are several types: those that have foil on one side;on both sides or combined - with one side of the foil, and on the other adhesive surface.This feature makes it possible to choose the material that is most appropriate in a particular case.It goes on sale in rolls.

Video: a comparison of the thermal insulation of pipes ↑

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Today insulation tubes can be done in different ways and materials that differ both in composition as well as the use of technology and structure.Manufacturers offer a wide range, and it is important to consider when buying the key requirements for insulation and pay attention to its performance properties.It is reasonable to give preference to no more than a cheap option, but a more efficient and high-quality as the repair of the pipeline, in case of breakage, will be much more expensive.Choosing insulation should be based on three factors: the first - the location of the pipe (street, premises);second - ease of installation (the simpler the better);the third - the price.We hope that these recommendations will help you and in time to perform insulation of pipelines.