A big thanks to T.A for sharing a picture of his water tank insulation project. T.A contacted us looking to insulate a 1500 gallon water tank that was purchased at Tractor Supply. The tank sits exposed in the Arizona heat and is used for drinking water. Here’s the excerpt from our contact us page.
Comment: have a 1500 gal. water tank, from tractor supply Co. need a wrap for it to reflect the AZ sun so it will not get to hot. any suggestions? I use it for our drinking water. Can you help me? thanks T.A
We recommended our InfraStop double bubble insulation in conjunction with using spacer strips to keep an airspace between the tank and the insulation for the optimal install. A similar application is insulating hvac ducts by wrapping the duct with 2” wide strips of double bubble and then wrapping the duct and spacers with the roll of insulation.
T.A sent this image back of his insulated water tank. Nice work, looks great! When asked what he did for spacers, here is his reply.
“went to Walmart and got the white foam,3/8 in thick used for sending packages. Comes in rolls or sheets and cut them in 2 in. strips and spaced them about 4 ins. apart and used the tape to hold it in place. Put them in up and down and made sure that they were resting on the slab. Did it my self but took a long time. if I do it again will have someone to help me here in the AZ heat at 95. I am 73 years young, a Vet and in good shape for the shape I'm in. LOL”
Thanks again, T.A. We really appreciate the picture and sharing your project.
A couple notes about why we recommended spacers. 1. The use of spacers will increase the r-value by utilizing a trapped air space. Again, in HVAC insulation, the r-value increases as spacers are used in the assembly. You can see more information on insulating ductwork. 2. In addition, the airspace also allows the emissive properties of the material to work. This means the inside reflective layer of the insulation, the side facing the spacers and water tank will only emit (the emissive value is opposite of the reflective value) 5% of the radiant heat that could pass through from the outside sun.
This is a bit technical but basically you have an effective radiant barrier blocking 95% of radiant heat on both sides of the insulation in this instance.
Here is a short post from our archives showing InfraStop® bubble foil insulation being used in a metal building application west of St. Louis, Missouri. This large 36,000 square foot building is used for horses. For this project we custom produced 72” x 75’ double bubble white rolls to accommodate our customer. Click here for our standard size white double bubble insulation roll.
This is great customer project to share. Thanks H .J for sharing your photos. H.J. wanted the HVAC lines running to his metal building located Southwest of St. Louis, Missouri insulated.
InfraStop® double bubble foil insulation is a perfect product to use as it is inexpensive, easy to work with, performs well, and is impervious to moisture.
H.J is very detailed as you can see in the pictures he sent over of this project. Prior to ordering, we discussed his project and shared ideas on how to best insulate his exterior HVAC lines. From here you can see how he insulated the lines from start to finish. Look at the pieces he cut to work the 90 degree elbows. What a great project!
We explained the 3 different options available when working with double bubble foil insulation and the different R-value’s associated with each option.
Option 1 (all seams taped, maintain airspace): Loose wrap the insulation, R-4.1 Option 2 (all seams taped, maintain airspace): Wrap the insulation around spacers, R-6.0 Option 3 (all seams taped, maintain airspace): Wrap insulation around spacer 2 times, R-8.0
Thanks again H.J for the photos and sharing your project. This perfectly demonstrates how to insulate HVAC duct work located outside.
Check out this video showing a shipping container insulated with reflective bubble foil insulation. Awhile ago, we provided the insulation for a shipping container building overlooking the Freedom Tower and Statue of Liberty in New York City.
We’ve been slow to get the footage of the project out, finally putting the video up on YouTube last month and now finally getting the blog post up. See the video of insulating this shipping container here.
This 3 story shipping container structure is actually an art exhibit that lies on the property of Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The first floor bar is topped by a second floor recording studio, where the InfraStop® was used. On top of the recording studio is a third story open air terrace.
It took a few months for the crew of 4 including artist Gregory Kloehn to cut and weld the containers, deck, staircase, and window and door openings. They also welded hundreds of threaded rods on the inside walls of the second floor to hold the wall framing members, insulation, and acoustical wall board.
The studio took an additional several weeks to complete. Here are some images of the inside at Pioneer Works, the grounds that the shipping containers are on, the shipping container second floor, and some great pics of the Statue of Liberty and Freedom Tower. If you are interested in seeing some of the actual installation of the InfraStop® foil insulation click the link to the video above.
What a great project. Look at InfraStop® insulation in action in this beautiful masonry home in Costa Rica. We spoke with our customer M.F prior to him building his home. He told us he wanted to use our insulation and explained the building and roof design. We developed a good a rapport from there.
Take a look at the project photos he forwarded to us. Even though this is a beautiful masonry home, the roof structure and design is very similar to what we do with metal buildings here in the United States. Notice the addition of wood furring over the purlins. This creates a solid thermal break and eliminates the need for the recommended ¾” drape for this same installation without furring strips.
A masonry home with a metal roof located in the tropics is a perfect InfraStop® project. All of the attributes of the insulation are needed and InfraStop® fills them all. A low profile, moisture proof insulation that reflects radiant heat, provides a vapor barrier, and provides some decent R-value. Plus, when looking at the cost of all your building components, the cost of InfraStop® is minimal.
Thank you very much for the images M.F. Thank you for sharing. We wish you well with your beautiful home. Thank you for being our customer.
Thanks P.G for sharing your project with us. P.G’s shop is in Central Florida, West of Orlando and was not insulated. With a metal roof, this wood framed building was unbearable in the summer months. P.G. was looking for a tough radiant barrier so we sent down samples of our InfraStop IR radiant barrier, the heaviest and toughest product on the market today.
Take a look at his project pictures he was kind enough to share with us. We checked back with P.G. after the install to see how our insulation was reflecting the Florida heat and here is what he had to say. You won’t believe the temperature difference is his shop.
InsulationStop: Regarding the insulation, how is everything working out? Do you notice a difference?
P.G: The installation process was smooth and easy. The product has made a huge difference for us. Our building has seen a 30 degree temperature drop. I am very pleased! Thank you, P.G
Thanks again for being a customer of ours and sharing your project. We really appreciate your business and feedback.
Recently we were contacted by a customer looking to use our foil insulation for creating outdoor sun shades in a desert application. Take a look at our email correspondence and his project images below. Thanks S.J for sharing your project and using one of our radiant barriers. Thanks also for the descriptive feedback. The results looks great!
Hi, I have an unusual application, and I wonder if this product would work. I live in the desert in an RV, and the direct sun here is unbearable. It heats the sides of the RV until the heat comes through.
I made 9' tall "curtains" out of 90% sunblock shade cloth (like they use in greenhouses) that cover the entire sides of the RV from the roof line, down to about 18" from the ground, and they are suspended about 8" away from the sides of the RV to allow for airflow.
Unfortunately, the sun is SO hot, that the UV & heat is mostly going right through the cloth, so I had the idea to use a product like this to line the back side of the shade cloth curtains. They are only attached to the rv at the top, and hang freely, so on a windy day they do blow & move with the breeze.
Would this product be durable and effective for this application, or would it come apart in the breeze, or from the direct sun and rain storms?
Thank you very much for your help, have a great day. S.J
After following up with S.J we were pleased that to hear his response. See below:
Hi Nick, Yes, I have used it and I'm impressed so far. It's strong, and hopefully it will not tarnish or dull from the UV & weather exposure.
I used it to line between the beams under my solar panels which are mounted flat on the roof, and it definitely lowered the temperature of the roof. I also made curtains to use under the shadecloth curtains I mentioned to you earlier. In addition to the aluminum tape you sent (which tears very easily, and would not have been nearly enough on it's own) I used nylon filament tape to go around all edges on the back side & every few inches across the seams under the foil tape to give strength & provide anchor points along the bottom. I also used heavy shipping tape on the back side to reinforce the seams. I have 1" nylon webbing that I plan to use to sew all seams & edges with in the future, once I make sure the curtains will last.
I did take a pic of the roof under the panels, it's attached below. I'll take pics of the curtains too.
Thanks and have a great day. S.J
Although we do not warrant InfraStop® for outdoor use, this doesn’t stop our customer from using it effectively in their projects.
Folks ask us all the time how the product will perform outside. Here’s a quick post showing what’s left of one of our customer’s wood racks. Thanks S.N for the photos. S.N used InfraStop® to cover 2 cords of wood. The 24” material was the perfect width to cover just the top leaving the sides exposed. S.N grommeted holes in the InfraStop® and tied off cut sections of 2x4”s for weights.
The InfraStop has been outside continuously since 2013 and as you can see is holding up fine. Note how the grommets are rusting out already.
Thanks S.N for the pictures. We appreciate them. In the next few months we put up some more posts showing InfraStop® insulation used outside. Here's a link to the roll size S.N used for a firewood tarp.
We are always happy to show off all the ways our InfraStop® insulation can be used. Although we are primarily geared to provide InfraStop® to the construction industry, we know there are many other applications are products are used in and this project is no different.
We would like to send a special thanks to our customer S.F in the rural outskirts of Houston, Texas for sharing his project with us. S.F called in and wanted our InfraStop® for use as 5th wheel trailer insulation.
Although we insulate campers and trailers all the time, S.F’s project is unique for two reasons. The first is, as you can see from the pictures, he chose to insulate his trailer from the outside. From understanding the blistering heat in Texas and also understanding that this would be the most effective way to keep this 5th wheel cool this is what he decided to do, well before he called us.
The second reason that S.F’s project is unique is he wanted an easier install so he ordered a custom roll of 10 foot wide InfraStop® double bubble insulation. Although typically used for large metal building or pole barns, allowing us to tape the seams and create the ten foot roll in the factory was much easier than him assembling on the ground or on top of his trailer.
We would like to save thank you to S.F for sharing his project. We have reached out to him to see how the insulation is performing and will update this blog post with his comments.
What a great project and we sure learned some new tricks. InsulationStop received the call from the owner of an air dome in Central Pennsylvania.
Our client had recently added an air conditioning unit to his existing air dome and wanted to insulate the dome to retain as much cool air as possible. We provided custom length InfraStop® double bubble foil to meet their requirements.
The InfraStop® was installed by an ingenious method of cutting pilot holes at the top of the dome sections. A wrench tied to a long cable, acting as a snake, was tossed to the bottom. Working from automatic lifts, workers pulled the insulation to the top and tied each left section to its corresponding right section.
Check out some of these images to get an idea of the scope of the project and take a look at the video below showing the actual installation of one of the sections.
We would like to thank our customer for allowing us access to their jobsite. This was definitely a great project to participate in.