Q: What types of applications are appropriate for AstroShield?
A: There are many applications for the building insulation industry (e.g., residential, industrial, commercial, agricultural, metal building and pole barn). In addition, since our products are thin and lightweight, they are ideal for OEM applications to control temperatures in any space-constricted situation (such as in a recreational vehicle or inside machinery that requires temperature control in order to function properly). Used as a packaging material, our products not only provide excellent thermal insulation performance for shipping or transporting temperature-sensitive items like food, candles and pharmaceuticals, they also help our customers save money on shipping and warehouse expenses because they are lightweight and less bulky than other forms of insulated packaging such as Styrofoam.
Q: What is the difference between AstroShield and AstroShield WHITE?
A: AstroShield has a reflective metalized aluminum film on both sides, and AstroShield White has one reflective side and one white side. For some applications, it's desirable to have just one reflective side. In addition, we offer versions of AstroShield and AstroShield White with one layer of bubble film or two layers of bubble film (double bubble insulation); the second layer of bubble film is associated with a higher R-Value.
Q: What is the R-value of AstroShield?
A: Using standard test methods and scientific model calculations, the R-value could be as high as an R-29 but will vary greatly depending upon the application and the direction of heat flow. R-value Calculations
Q: If you install two layers of AstroShield will you double the R-Value?
A: No. By placing two layers together, you will have still the same number of reflective surfaces. The only additional R-Value you will achieve is the additional R-Value of the added bubble layer.
Q: Why do I need an air space next to the AstroShield surface?
A: All Low E materials achieve the majority of their thermal performance ONLY when they face an air space. "E" stands for emissivity, the converse of reflectivity. Low E surfaces like AstroShield, when facing an air space, will either reflect 95% of the heat that is directed to them across the air space, or they won't emit more than 5% of the heat that is conducted to them.
Q: Does AstroShield make a person itch as fiberglass insulation does?
A: No. AstroShield is manufactured out of polyethylene film, air bubbles and metalized aluminum on polyester film. There are no irritants or fibers. AstroShield can be installed without the hassles of protective clothing, masks or gloves.
Q: Do I need special tools to install AstroShield?
A: No. AstroShield can be cut easily with a razor blade or scissors and installed with common staples, nails or screws.
Q: Do I need to tape the seams?
A: To achieve an absolute moisture barrier, taping the seams is recommended. Seams can be easily taped using our reflective aluminum tapes.
Q: All of the equipment in my metal building is getting damaged from condensation drips. Do you have a product that can help?
A: AstroShield products are perfect for metal building insulaion and will reduce, if not stop, your condensation problem because they create a buffer between interior and exterior temperatures.
Q: I am installing a radiant heat system in my new home. What reflective insulation products should I use?
A: Staple the Tabbed version of AstroShield II in the joist cavity under your radiant flooring system to reduce hot spots, prevent downward heat loss, and decrease boiler loads. Install Tuff-Stuff under your concrete hydronic floor system to achieve a moisture barrier and thermal break. Check with your local building code officials to be sure your application meets code requirements.
||5/16' Nominal (8mm)
||3/16' Nominal (6.35mm)
||1.25 oz. per sq. ft. (382 g/m2)
||.811 oz. per sq. ft. (207 g/m2)
|<25 Flame/ <50 Smoke
||<25 Flame/ <50 Smoke
||Class A/Class 1
||9.67 Average PSI
||8.09 Average PSI
||14 (Down) 8 (Horiz.) 6 (Up)
||14(Down) 8(Horiz.) 5 (Up)
|U-Value (Btu/ft. 2hro F)
||0.071 (down) 0.125 (Horiz.) 0.166 (Up)
||0.071 (down) 0.125 (Horiz.) 0.201 (Up)
|Water Transmission Rate ASTME96
* R-Values for the reflective insulation product AstroShield have been calculated for nominal 2 by 4 inch wood-frame wall assemblies described in ASTM STP 116. For complete details regarding methodology, contact your nearest Innovative Energy Sales Office. AstroShield'S ability to reflect heat in open applications is not fully measured by this test. It's that extra reflective capability that makes it possible for AstroShield to keep people and animals comfortable all year long.
WARNING: Reflective bubble-pack insulation will ignite if exposed to fire or sufficient heat and intensity. Protect insulation from exposure to open flame or other ignition sources during shipping, storage and installation.
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