5 Things That Make EPS a Great Building Insulation Material

As an EPS manufacturer and supplier, we do a lot of work with the construction industry. A big focus for Epsilyte are EPS products designed for use as building insulation. Whether you are designing a modern office building, a high-rise medical building, or even homes in a residential community, EPS is an excellent choice for insulation.

Also known as Expanded Polystyrene, EPS products take many forms. Each type of product has its own characteristics and properties that make it ideal for its preferred applications. When it comes to insulating buildings, EPS offers properties that cannot be beaten by any other material.

Here are just five things that make EPS a great material for building insulation:

1. Its Thermal Insulation Properties

The number one job of an insulating material is to prevent the transfer of warm air from one space to another. During the winter, you want to keep warm air inside and cold air out. During the summer, you are looking to achieve the opposite. EPS does that extremely well thanks to its design.

EPS is less dense than other types of insulating materials. As a foam product, it is packed with tiny cavities that function as air pockets. These cavities trap heat and prevent it from transferring to the other side of the material. The air itself combines with the material to prevent heat transfer from one side to the other. You get warmer buildings in the winter and cooler buildings in the summer.

2. It Is Easy to Handle

In addition to being less dense, EPS is also lightweight. It is so lightweight that few other insulating materials are as easy to handle on the construction site. Installation by just one or two people is normal with EPS, as individual pieces are light enough to cut, place, and secure with minimal strain. The icing on the cake is that EPS’ relatively low weight makes for easier transportation and lower fuel costs.

3. It Resists Moisture

Moisture is always a concern when insulating buildings. If insulation gets wet, it is prone to mold and algae. The good news with EPS is that it is naturally moisture resistant. This doesn’t mean it is completely waterproof, but it does resist moisture thanks to its closed-cell design. EPS’ moisture resistant properties also make it resistant to mold and algae.

Note that maximizing moisture resistance requires proper installation. When done correctly and combined with proper ventilation, EPS offers excellent insulation with little risk of moisture-related problems.

4. It Is Durable

EPS is well known in the construction industry as a durable and long-lasting material. When installed according to manufacturer instructions, it continues to provide excellent insulating capabilities for decades. Furthermore, EPS is a rigid material. It will not settle to the bottom of a structure over time. It remains in place, continuing to do the job it is designed to do for its entire life.

5. It Is Versatile

Finally, EPS is extremely versatile as an insulating material. This is to say that it can be used for more applications than just insulating walls. EPS is a good choice for roofs, foundations, basements, and floors. EPS can even be molded into a variety of shapes to meet unique design needs.

We are proud to be a leading EPS manufacturer for the construction industry. We don’t think there is a finer building insulation material out there. Thanks to its thermal insulating properties, low weight, and versatility, EPS is a favorite among architects and builders alike. You might consider it as the main insulator for your next construction project.