Extruded Polystyrene insulation is one of the two main insulation materials used in the manufacturing process for walk-in coolers and freezers. Extruded polystyrene insulation is a closed-cell insulation structure with resistance to moisture absorption. These characteristics, along with it’s strength are what make Extruded Polystyrene the optimal choice for the cold storage industry.
Maintains a High R-Value
Extruded Polystyrene’s closed-cell structure and lack of voids results in a higher, longer lasting R-value. Extruded Polystyrene holds its R-value longer than other insulations. While other insulations only retain 25% of their R-value within 5 years, Extruded Polystyrene retains 75% of it’s R-value over 5 years.
Improves Energy Efficiency
The continual objective of the insulation in walk-ins is to maintain a high R-value which ultimately saves energy. Obtaining and maintaining the highest possible R-value is the key to achieving the highest energy efficiency over the life of the unit. Extruded Polystyrene meets and exceeds the requirements for the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and upcoming federal regulations.
Excellent Moisture Resistance
One of the largest factor’s that can affect the insulation’s performance is moisture. When water starts collecting inside walk-in insulation, the R-value drops and moisture inside the insulation starts to freeze. When there are extreme environmental differences in the temperature of the inside and the outside of the walk-in, the insulation is vulnerable to retaining moisture in the structural voids. As water has a much lower R-value than insulation, the water reduces the R-value of the insulation. As the R-value decreases, the unit’s refrigeration system has to work even harder to hold the correct interior temperatures.
Coolers & Freezers
All wall and ceiling insulation is 4″ thick, high quality, rigid extruded polystyrene, 1.6 lb density. For coolers, the R-factor will be at least 7 .2 per inch making the R-value of the panels equal or greater than R-28.8. For freezers, the R-factor will be at least 8 per inch making the R-value equal or greater than R-32. Vapor transmission shall be less than 1 perm and foam core material must meet: Owens Corning – UL Foam Core 5 flame spread rating with average smoke rating less than 175. (UL 723) Dow – UL Foam Core 15 flame spread rating with average smoke rating less than 165. (UL 723)
Each panel consists of inner and outer metal skins, a 4″ insulation core, and is equipped with cam-action locking devices. Construction is as approved by the National Sanitation Foundation International and bears the NSF® Seal of Approval. All panels shall be connected to one another by placing the tongue of the insulation core of one panel into the groove of the core insulation of the adjacent panel. The resultant tongue and groove joint shall be sealed at both sides by double barreled NSF® approved gaskets. To avoid future swelling and mold formation, no wood shall be permitted in the manufacture of the tongue and groove panel profile.