Thermal insulation coating NZ

Save energy costs with thermal insulation coating NZ

In 2016 the global thermal insulation coating market size was valued at $6,660 million. Thermal insulation coatings (TICs) are growing in popularity due to the rise in environment-friendly production and energy saving opportunities brought about by implementing heat barrier coats. The top industry users of thermal insulation coating NZ are manufacturing companies.

Production machinery and equipment operating at different temperatures require heat barrier coatings to perform at optimum levels. Thermal insulation coating is also applicable in the building and construction, aerospace and defense and automotive and transportation sectors.

This article outlines how thermal insulation coating works, the benefits and where to find thermal insulation coating in New Zealand.

What is thermal insulation coating?

In essence, thermal insulation coating is a reductive agent for minimizing heat transfer between objects of differing temperature. Heat generation activates thermal dynamic heat transfer (TDHT). During TDHT, molecules try to reach equilibrium. This means that if one surface is hotter than another, substrates will try to “equalize,” or meet the same temperature.

This type of coating has a low thermal conductivity which translates to high insulating capability. Thermal insulation is facilitated by trapping bubbles of air (in foam products) or pockets of air (in fibre products).

The key component of insulation coatings is a stable acrylic and/or ceramic base.  The ceramic base allows materials to withstand high temperatures. On the other hand the acrylic substance enhances the toughness and transparency of the coating.

Thermal Insulation Coating NZ on a pipe

Thermal Insulation Coating reduces temperature to provide a “safe-to-touch” surface

Top 4 advantages of thermal insulation coating

Thermal insulation coatings are mainly applied on steam pipes, tanks and other applications exposed to high humidity and temperature fluctuations. The benefits to users include;

  1. Energy efficiency: With excellent heat flow resistance, the amount of coating required to reduce heat loss by 50% in some cases, can be as low as 150 mils (3.81 mm).
  2. Safe touch: Thermal insulation coating can help prevent contact burns and provide occupational safety and health compliance.
  3. Condensation control: The switch from high surface temperature to low surface temperature results in condensation which causes further damage to metal surfaces. A thermal insulation coating with corrosion protective properties provides extra value.
  4. Application and maintenance: Thermal insulation coatings do not require stripping  when applying or looking for cracks as is the case with other systems such as glass wool insulation

Thermal insulation paint versus Conventional insulation

Using airless spray to apply thermal insulation coating NZ

Thermal Insulation Coatings sprayed onto substrate allows full coverage particularly in hard to reach areas

Traditionally, reducing heat transfer is performed by blanket or “batt and roll” insulation which involves installing precut sections of fibreglass or rock wool to reduce the amount of external heat entering and internal heat leaving the substrate.

Implementing conventional insulation has the major advantage of lower cost and fire resistance. It is also applied thicker which makes for a relatively high R-value. Conversely, unlike thermal insulation coating, holes and gaps where air can circulate can reduce the R-value of the insulation by up to 80%.

In addition, retrofitting pipes or walls would require a cease of operations and removal in order to apply batts. Thermal insulation coating NZ on the other hand is sprayed directly onto the substrate and this makes for easier and inexpensive maintenance.

Where to find thermal insulation coating specialists and prices in New Zealand

By investing in thermal insulation paint NZ you are well on your way to cost savings. The low downtime and application simplicity make the expense of this insulation method highly efficient. Additionally, as a liquid-based paint it can be applied by brush or airless spray (with the latter being preferred). However, cost savings in application can compromise maintenance expenses if the initial job is done unprofessionally. There is a case for seeking specialists and our experts are on hand to do exactly that.

You can find a list of manufacturers and applicators in New Zealand. We have an extensive network of suppliers and can connect you to the right specialist for your project. Take advantage of our 100% free quote service by using the “Request a quote” button at the bottom of the article.

Altex Coatings Ltd High temperature coatings manufacturer 91-111 Oropi Road, Greerton, Tauranga 3112
Applied Science Ltd Water-based insulating ceramic coating manufacturer Unit Ga 11, London Street, Hamilton 3204
High Performance Coatings HiPerCoat™ exhaust heat management coating manufacturer and applicator Unit O/62, Mahia Rd, Manurewa, Auckland 2102
NZ Foam Limited Closed cell polyurethane foam plastic applicator Unit 4 / 954 Ferry Road, Ferrymead, Christchurch 8147
Special Finishes (NZ) Ltd Tetraguard W.B™ single pack catalysed polymer manufacturer 16 Culperry Road, Glendene, Waitakere City, Auckland 0602
TRITOflex Distributors Limited TRITOtherm™ acrylic and ceramic based thermal insulating coating distributors 40 Main Road, Tawa, Wellington 5028