Glasswool Insulation Price in Kenya
Glass wool Insulation is made from microscopic fibers that are strong and lightweight. The microscopic fibers are strong and yet lightweight. Glass wool Insulation comes in two types: soft and rigid. Rigid fiberglass wool is best used in acoustic panels, giving them a firmer feel. With its rigidity, glass wool panels provide some resistance in these areas, increasing their longevity. The binder used in rigid fiber glass wool sometimes gives off an acrid smell but should outgas in one week.
Using glasswool for thermal insulation is similar to using rockwool because of its incombustibility. In the long run, glasswool is also a good option because it does not retain moisture and is not prone to insects. It will not emit smoke or toxic products when exposed to heat.
As the oldest and most popular insulation material in Kenya and other parts of the World, glasswool insulation, also known as fiberglass, was discovered in the 19th century by Russel Games, a researcher. In addition to mineral wool insulation, styrofoam, polyethylene foam and other insulation materials, glass wool insulation has almost the same properties and uses as those of rockwool insulation.
Installation of fiberglass insulation
As a result of experiments, glass wool insulation has an R-Value of 2.2 to 2.7 per inch, which is lower than that of rock wool insulation. Glass wool is very economical and easy to install within studs and timber joists. A glass wool or mineral wool insulation has an R Value of 3.0 to 3.3 per inch. It can come with or without paper cover or reflective foil. It can be installed multiple times for increased sound efficiency.
Hazards associated with fiberglass insulation
The skin, eyes, and respiratory tract may be temporarily irritated by fiberglass insulation. When handling and applying the material, wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved clothing, gloves, and eye protection. Wash your hands well with soap and water after handling.
Unusual Fire Hazards: Glasswool insulation is non-flammable, however, the kraft and foil facing, as well as packaging material can ignite. Extra caution should be taken when working close to these materials with open flame. Certain chemicals that are found in adhesives, facings or plastic packaging products may get released during a fire, even if they don’t pose any health risks under usual circumstances. Toxic fumes and gases such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen chloride and low-level cyanides might be produced during incomplete combustion. In case of overexposure, it’s best to move to a fresh space and give oxygen if breathing is difficult; consulting a physician is also advised.
Thermal insulation with fiberglass
Thermal (heat) insulation blankets made of glasswool has become a popular product in Kenya. The blankets have a temperature rating of 538°C, which makes them ideal for a wide variety of applications. Besides providing excellent thermal insulation, fiberglass is lightweight, flexible, and cost-effective as well.
Steam boilers & Steam Pipe Lagging: Fiberglass blankets are used as primary insulation material in most steam boilers used in food industries because of their low cost and effective thermal insulation. They are also light in weight, making them ideal for steam pipe insulating.
Among other domestic ovens, pizza ovens and barbecues get very hot, which can lead to injuries. Fiberglass insulation is an excellent thermal insulation material and is very durable.
Fiberglass Insulation Blankets for Roofs and Ceilings: Fiberglass insulation blankets are lightweight and cost-effective, making them an excellent choice for both residential and commercial buildings.
The rise in container houses has led to an increase in the demand for fiberglass blankets in Kenya as a result of shipping containers and container houses. In comparison to other thermal insulation materials for containers, such as polystyrene (styrofoam) or polyethylene foam, fiberglass blankets are more economical, technically superior, and fire-resistant.
Sound insulation with fiberglass
Compared to many other sound insulation materials available on the market, fiberglass blankets have a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) value of 0.80.
- For sound absorption and soundproofing, fiberglass insulation blankets can be used;
- In music or radio studios as well as audition halls, fiberglass is used to absorb noise or prevent echoes.
- As a soundproofing material, fiberglass is currently used in corporate board rooms.
- Insulation for residential houses near busy roads and industries, as well as container and sheet houses.
- Soundproofing schools and hospitals near busy roads or industries with fiberglass insulation.
- For sound insulation, fiberglass blankets are used in night clubs, matatus, and personal cars.
Fiberglass wool insulation features
- It is easy to install because of its soft fibers.
- Thermal conductivity is low
- During heat up, very little noxious/toxic gas is released
- It is fire-resistant, non-corrosive, tough, and resilient
- Exceptional acoustic insulation
Fiberglass insulation costs in Kenya
The price of fiberglass insulation in Kenya is determined by many factors, such as its R value, its foil or non-foil facing, its thickness and density. The higher the density, the higher the price. The price of fiberglass insulation in Kenya range from Ksh200 to Ksh700 per square meter – faced or non faced with varied densities.
The glasswool insulation market has existed for over 80 years. Fiberglass insulation, also known as glass wool, is the oldest and most popular acoustic and thermal insulation material.
The glass fibers in glass wool are made from sand, recycled glass, limestone, and soda ash. The glass is spun to form millions of fine fibers. Buy all your insulation materials at IMK