Mineral Wool Insulation
USA: Mineral Wool Insulation: Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers
ABOUT MINERAL WOOL INSULATION
Mineral wool insulation is formed from fibers made from minerals or metal oxides, either natural or synthetic. The source materials for mineral wool may be fiber glass, ceramic fibers, or rock wool, sometimes known as stone wool. Stone wool is a furnace produced of molten stone, at a temperature of about 1600 degrees Centigrade, through which a stream of air or steam is blown. Alternatively, mineral wool insulation may be made by spinning molten rock on high speed spinning wheels, in a process similar to that used for making candy floss at the fair.
Mineral wool may contain a binder, often food grade starch, and an oil to reduce dusting. Precautions need to be taken when handling a fiber product such as mineral wool. This is because the fibers can be absorbed into the body by inhalation. They can also irritate the eyes, skin and respiratory tract.
LEADING USA MANUFACTURERS
The following leading manufacturers have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs, materials, and advice on installation.
Knauf Insulation. Knauf Insulation, headquartered in Germany, is an international supplier of building materials including mineral wool. Its attic insulation products include: glasswool, rock wool insulation, extruded polystyrene, expanded polystyrene, and polyurethane. The insulation products section of its website is organized into the following main sections: Residential Insulation, Commercial Building Insulation, Air Handling Insulation, Pipe & Equipment Insulation, and Marine Insulation. Other sections of the website cover: Basics of Insulation and Case Studies. The Basics of Insulation section argues that insulation can cut homeowners' energy bills by as much as 48%, and can add to the resale value of your home. There are also financial rewards in the form of rebates or tax incentives from the 2005 Energy Bill.
McNeil Inc. Mc Neil Inc, based in Robbinsville, New Jersey, is a leading supplier of insulation made from mineral wool. It also operates a full service from its second facility in Providence Forge, Virginia. The insulation section of its website is organized into the following parts: Construction Services, Insulation for Boilers & Kilns, Refractories, Ceramic Fiber Insulation, Vacuum-Formed Ceramic Fiber, Millboard Insulation, Fire & Acid Brick, Fiberglass & Silica Textiles, Corrosion Resistant Cements, and High Temperature Gaskets. McNeil mineral insulation is available as Boards, Block, and Pipe Insulation. McNeil supplies vacuum-formed ceramic fiber components for use as insulation. These include special shapes, riser sleeves, flue liners, large cylinders, and factory-lined stack & ducts. McNeil site operatives are trained in Welder Safe Operation and Asbestos Awareness.
Rock Wool Manufacturing Company. Rock Wool Manufacturing Company was formed in 1943 to make residential mineral wool blow-in insulation. It later expanded into the industrial insulation market, supplying mineral wool bards and insulating cements. It later moved into high temperature mineral insulation for pipes. It now specialises in the high temperature insulation market. The Rock Wool Manufacturing website is organized into the following main sections: Marine Insulation, Industrial Insulation, Commercial Insulation, and Pipe Insulation. The commercial insulation products manufactured by Rock Wool Manufacturing Company include: Sound Attenuation Board and Delta Curtain Wall. Delta Curtain Wall comes with a FSP facing as standard, and can be offered with a black glass matt.
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