Pipe Insulation Outdoor in Berthoud, CO

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on water pipes will ultimately result in mold damages in your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding destruction and are going to lead to expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your energy and water consumption.

Presently there are many types of pipe insulation for sale today. The most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation outdoor photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum coverage from temperature loss and also condensation. It is widely thought of as the best choice for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its drawbacks involve the fact that it is rigid and does not expand and contract nor can it be used in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that will withstand contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient alternative that is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold water pipes and has a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built in wrapping which secures around the water pipes using a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step method consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is even suitable for minimizing water pipe vibration and deadening water pipe noises through the whole home or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in one more procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the best type of pipe insulation is the one which suits your project and the types of pipes that exist. You will definitely need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers pose a very harmful health hazard. Abatement professionals may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.