Stainless steel has a higher emittance value than aluminum, and has physical properties superior to all other metal used as insulation protective jacketing. Stainless steel provides superior protection against fire and corrosion compared to aluminum and is therefore the most commonly selected insulation jacketing material.
Stainless steel is available in smooth, stucco embossed, or 3/16″ corrugated roll jacketing, and deep corrugated sheets. Jacketing is recommended for insulated piping, tanks, and vessels less than 8 feet in diameter. Deep corrugated sheets are recommended for diameters greater than 8 feet. It is recommended that the roll jacketing be 3/16″ corrugated for the following reasons: it is stronger than smooth, it reduces glare from external light sources, it eliminates “coil break” when applied over small size piping and does not show dents readily. In extremely corrosive environments, smooth jacketing is recommended to facilitate run-off.
General Insulation Company Inc. is an insulation supplier / insulation distributor that stocks and fabricates a wide variety of industrial and commercial air barrier, vapor barrier, moisture and water barrier products for the construction market.