The difference between THERMOTOP and polystyrene or rock wool

FAQs




What is the difference from rock wool?

1. Decreased weight per m2
2. Does not absorb water
3. Easy handling and installation regardless of weather conditions (may also be installed in precipitation conditions)
4. Reduced insulation costs:

Material                                                                  EUR/m2
THERMOTOP PIR B-B 50mm                                        9.2
ROCK WOOL 100 kg/m3 100mm                                  9.75

What should I know about storage and handling?

There are no restrictions regarding storage and handling. The THERMOTOP thermal insulation plates are delivered in plastic packaging, with labels specifying the plate format, the number of pieces, the support type and plate thickness.

Are there any restrictions regarding the application or installation surfaces (floors, exterior walls, interior walls, roofs etc.)?

There are no restrictions as long as the THERMOTOP plate with adequate support sides is selected.

What is its service life?

Subject to observing the application methods, the service life of the THERMOTOP plates is unlimited. Moreover, the presence of THERMOTOP plates does not adversely affect the service life of a construction element thermally insulated according to the recommended methods, on the contrary. For example, in case of wood elements, for sloping roofs or attics, one may consider the beneficial contribution to wood protection over time.

What are the main advantages over traditional materials?

1. Reduced plate thicknesses in relation to the insulation provided (in terms of thermal resistance, a THERMOTOP plate with a thickness of 50 mm is equal to a plate of expanded polystyrene with a thickness of approximately 100 mm or a BCA wall with a thickness of approximately 700mm);
2. They allow different variations thereof to support foam (Aluminum foil - Al, glass fiber - FG, roofing felt - B, Kraft paper - P), depending on the thermally insulated construction element;
3. By selecting an appropriate foam support, one may obtain excellent protection performances against vapors and humidity;
4. Easy to handle and install;
5. Inexistent thermal bridges at the junction with adjacent plates all around the frame due to the joinery ensuring thermal insulation continuity.

Where is it used (where can it be applied)?

For thermally insulating various construction elements, such as:
Floors;
Bridging;
Ceiling lining;
Interior wall lining;
Exterior facade thermal insulation;
Sandwich type thermal insulation - cavity insulation walls;
Terrace type roof thermal insulation;
Framing, attic type roof thermal insulation;
Plate thermal insulation at the 0 level for industrial and agricultural halls etc.

What is the difference from polystyrene?

The THERMOTOP plates are different from traditional polystyrene in the following:

1. They have two support sides for the thermally insulating core which help provide an insulation for vapor circulation and a better heat reflection inside the area (for the aluminum foil support side - AL); obtaining a better adherence of the hot bitumen adhesive layers and ensuring a certain degree of vapor circulation insulation (for the roofing felt support side - B); obtaining a better reaction to fire - B-s1, d0 (excluding support) and generating an aesthetic support alternative - where finishing is cancelled (for the glass fiber side - FG).

2. They have a mechanical strength superior to expanded polystyrene and a mechanical strength comparable to extruded polystyrene.

3. They have a much lower thermal conductivity coefficient.

4. They may be used both on the outside and on the inside.

What is it used for?

THERMOTOP are used for thermally insulating various construction elements of civil buildings (houses, blocks, stores, schools, hospitals, etc.) or of industrial and agricultural buildings (industrial halls with precast concrete structures, industrial halls with steel structures etc.).