At Trade Insulations, we stock insulation coating. We take pride in offering top brands at trade prices. Quite simply, thermal paint insulation creates a barrier that reflects heat once the paint or coating has dried. We offer coatings for roofs, for walls, for ceilings, and for metal.

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What are Insulating Coatings?

Sometimes referred to as thermal insulating coatings or paints, it is available for use on pipes, ducts, and tanks, as well as walls and masonry.
Due to the lack of fibrous materials and the relatively small thickness, thermal insulating coatings are perfect for preventing corrosion under insulation due to their resistance to moisture absorption.
The ability to reflect or block heat from all sources such as fireplaces, heaters, and radiators inside a building as well as sunlight is the value of a true “insulative” or “insulating” paint. These products reduce the work (heat loading) that “resistance insulation” such as fiberglass, foam, and rock wool have to do.

A GUIDE ON INSULATION COATINGS

You're going to find more than one type of product on the market.
You need to ensure that the product you choose can deliver on its promises in practice if you want to take advantage of all the great benefits of thermal insulation paint.
You can invest in the future of your home by using thermal insulation paint if you choose the right product and are willing to step aside to let the professionals apply it. In addition to increasing your masonry's thermal efficiency, this coating will protect it from weather-related damage.

Insulative Coatings: How they are made and how they work

Insulating paints and coatings typically contain ceramic or glass particles added to the substrate of the paint or coating. The presence of these particles is said to increase surface reflectivity, preventing heat energy from entering or leaving painted or coated surfaces. In buildings that have been painted or coated with an insulating paint or coating, radiant heat from the sun will reflect rather than be absorbed into the wall and then conducted into the interior walls (and ultimately into the building's air). This reduction in transmitted heat could reduce the energy required by air conditioning systems during the summer. Likewise, in colder conditions, the internal (heated) air could be reduced from escaping through walls, thus saving on heating costs. Paintings and coatings that insulate other surfaces besides the exterior of buildings fall under the same general concept. Similar benefits can be reaped by any machine or component that is subject to heat transmission and could benefit from a reduction in heat loss (or gain).

How Insulating Paints & Coatings are used

The uses for insulating paints & coatings fall into two major applications type. The first is for use as a coating to insulate a building envelope. In this case, the coating could be applied to the exterior surfaces of the building walls and roof, as well as to interior walls and ceilings. The application could be for both residential or commercial buildings, and these coatings can be tinted and applied as a finish coat, or used as a primer over which a top coat of standard paint can be applied. Many dry to a finish like that of latex paint; others have a more pebbled appearance. These coatings typically are certified to have low VOC levels and hence are safe to use indoors in occupied spaces, with some varieties lower in VOC emissions than many of the ordinary paints that are marketed today.
The coatings also provide corrosion inhibitors in addition to their thermal insulation properties, so they can contribute further stability to substrates such as steels that are subject to corrosion. Consequently, insulating paints and coatings are commonly applied to metal roofs and structures.
The second application of insulating paints & coatings is in the industrial sector. As a result of industrial use, insulation is found for equipment and machinery in plants and warehouses such as:

  • The textile industry (drying ovens, washers, and steam generators)
  • In the paper industry (storage vessels, tanks, and ducts (for pulp inks)).
  • Asphalt (storage tanks, trucks)
  • The petrochemical industry (heat exchangers, boilers)
  • Various food processing facilities (commercial fryers, sterilizers, brewery pipes)
  • Mills and refineries that produce sugar (steam lines, tanks)
  • Plants for processing chemicals (pipelines, pressure valves, and machines)

Rust is prevented from developing on metal substrates by corrosion inhibitors. Corrosion inhibitors such as zinc phosphate, barium metaborate, and strontium chromate are commonly used. 

Other advantages of insulating paints & coatings over other forms of insulation are their ability to be applied without causing physical contact to heated surfaces, thereby reducing downtime costs related to facility shutdown. Applied with an applicator, these products are also well suited to tighter spaces where other thermal barriers would be difficult to install. Furthermore, coatings and paints that provide insulation can help reduce the risk that production processes will be contaminated in situations where contamination is a concern.

The addition of insulation reduces energy costs by reducing heat energy transfer, offers a class A fire rating, and protects operators from accidental exposure to high temperatures – all of which can result from excessive humidity.