Comparing Insulation Types
Because there is so much variation in the applications and products for pipe insulation, it’s challenging to make general comparisons among different types. The best pipe insulation for any given job is largely determined by certain application specifications, rather than product benefits.
Critical, job-specific variables to consider include:
- Process temperature
- Compressive resistance
- Fire performance
- Water vapor permeability
More resources for choosing pipe insulation
Referring to product specification sheets from individual manufacturers is still the best method for choosing the correct insulation for each particular project. Additionally, these resources can help inform your decision.
The National Insulation Association (NIA) has a helpful insulation comparison overview chart, that provides a good first-cut comparison among different insulation types for piping and industrial applications.
3EPlus insulation thickness calculator
Using NAIMA’s 3E Plus® insulation thickness calculator can also help inform your decision.