At insulationandlagging.co.uk we offer a range of materials, each suitable for different applications. Pipe insulation is very much "horses for courses"; what is perfect for one application may be totally unsuitable for another.
- What is your budget? There is little point paying for an expensive material if a cheaper one will do the same job but equally it is a false economy to opt for a cheap product that will not do the job.
- Where is the pipe you want to insulate? If you are running pipework in an attic space then usually something like a common polyethylene foam will do nicely but if you are insulating a plant room then a foil faced mineral fibre or phenolic foam would suit better. If the pipework is outdoors you need to consider whether or not the material is UV stable and if not what sort of protection is appropriate?
- Does the product need to be pre-split? A lot of products come pre split for ease of application, especially in products geared towards heating applications, but not all. For a lot of air conditioning and refrigeration applications the product is normally supplied in un-split tubes, likewise for solar thermal applications.
- How will I seal the product once installed? One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to leave gaps in your insulation - you should always seal any pipe insulation product to insure it works correctly. Very often tape can be used though some products are better joined using adhesive. Never use cable ties - these damage the material over time as it expands and contracts with heat gain and heat loss.
- What are you looking to achieve by insulating? Perhaps the most basic and important question of all. If you are looking to eliminate condensation forming for example then a matt black material such as a nitrile rubber is best but if you were looking for something to give you the lowest possible heat loss then a phenolic foam would be better. You might be looking to reduce noise from a pipe - if this is the case you need something with a high density; mineral fibre of better yet a product with a polymeric barrier incorporated into would be best for this application.