Insulation materials in Kenya plays a major role in the construction sector both for residential and commercial. Kenya construction industry has emulated other countries in providing insulation solutions especially for commercial office designs. Sound and heat insulation is the best solution for a safe working and living environment
Insulation World Kenya Limited is one of the leading Companies in Acoustic and Thermal Insulation Sector in East Africa. We supply and market thermal and sound insulating materials within the Kenyan Market and across the borders. We offer a range of insulation materials that can be used to insulate floors, walls and ceilings.
The most common insulation materials we continuously have in stock include;
- Fiber Glass Wool Insulation
- Rockwool Insulation Blankets
- Ceramic Fiber Insulation Blanket
- Polyethylene Sound Insulation
- Preformed Rockwoll (Mineral wool) pipes
- Fibreglass and Rockwool Batts (Slabs or rectangular blocks)
- Polyethylene Heat Insulation
- Armaflex Insulation
- Styrofoam Insulation
- Acoustic Foam Insulation
- Acoustic Panel
- Acoustic Ceilings
We believe in offering the highest standards of service to our clients across the country, at the same time providing the best value for money for all projects undertaken.
i. Sound Insulation
Sound insulation or soundproofing involves the reduction of sound transfer between the source and the receptor of the sound. Sound (noise) reduction in the industrial world involves various methods such as sound barriers that reflect or absorb the sound energy, and use of damping structures.
Insulation World Kenya Limited provides a wide range of materials ranging from Acoustic Foam (Auralex Studiofoam Wedges), Mineral Wool, Rockwool, Fiberglass wool, Acoustic Cloth/Fabric, Acoustic Panels/Boards, Floor Underlayment, Acoustic Curtains among many others,for use in soundproofing in industries, music studios, schools, residential areas and other applications.
ii. Thermal Insulation
Thermal Insulation prevents the transfer of heat and so reduces the energy required to raise temperatures and protects adjacent materials from heat damage. Since the dangers of using asbestos were identified, several alternatives have been developed for insulation in high temperature situations.
The following are some of the features that critical in Insulating Products:
- Heat Capacity
- Thickness of Insulation
- Thermal Bridging
- Surface Emissivity
- Low Thermal Conductivity
Thermal Insulation Materials
There is a wide range of materials to use for the purpose of an insulation project which can be a fuel tank, pipe insulation, residential house, music studio, fire places, pizza ovens, kilns and other thermal or sound related projects.
The type of materials to choose is based on various factors such as:
- Thermal resistance of the material (R-Value)
- Ease of use of the material
- Availability of the material
- Level of insulation required
- The service temperature being insulated
- Durability of the material
- Health and ecological impacts of the material.
The following are some of the major materials that used on insulation projects throughout East Africa.
Fiberglass insulation is the most common insulation material used in modern times. Because of how it is made, by effectively weaving fine strands of glass into an insulation material, fiberglass is able to minimize heat transfer. The main downside of fiberglass is the danger of handling it. Since fiberglass is made out of finely woven silicon, glass powder and tiny shards of glass are formed. These can cause damage to the eyes, lungs, and even skin if the proper safety equipment isn’t worn. Nevertheless, when the proper safety equipment is used, fiberglass installation can be performed without incident. Fiberglass is an excellent non-flammable insulation material, with R-values ranging from R-2.9 to R-3.8 per inch. If you are seeking a cheap insulation this is definitely the way to go, though installing it requires safety precautions. Be sure to use eye protection, masks, and gloves when handling this product
Rockwool is made up of basalt and steel slag melted and formed to fine strands. Its has excellent properties in thermal and soundproofing. It is also to work on and relatively cheap and very commonly used in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Characteristics: small volume density, low thermal conductivity, non-combustion, heat resistance, anti-freeze, anti-corrosion, non-moth, good chemical stability etc.
Its main applications include: Residential buildings, boiler insulation, silos and fuel tanks insulation, steam pipes lagging, studios, etc.
Service Temperature 649°C , Thermal Resistivity R-2.8 to R-3.5
Rockwool Insulation ranks the best and ideal sound insulation material that is economical and highly efficient. If you are looking for sound insulation material that enhances sound efficiency and eliminates sound pollution, look no further than Rockwool Insulation the most popular soundproofing material in the World manufactured by Knauf.
Ceramic Fiber is made of aluminum silicate which contains fibers made from molten glass and other polycrystalline fibers. It’s usually in form of blankets, paper, cloth, tape, or rope.
Properties: Low thermal conductivity, lightweight, low heat storage, good thermal stability.
Common Applications: Ovens, Kilns, furnaces, incinerators, duct systems, petrochemical refineries etc.
Service Temp: 1260°C R-value 2.27
Polyethylene insulation is closed-cell foam, meaning its structure is made of millions of tiny globules, sealed off from each other. This insulating materials have better sound-insulation sound-absorbing and heat insulation properties. Some advantages of polyethylene acoustic form include minimal low water retention, extra stability and structural strength, excellent weathering, ageing resistance. Other advantages are resistance against dirt, humidity and freezing temperatures. The form is also resistant to solvents, petroleum products, and is antimicrobial as well, inhibiting the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. A resilient material, polyethylene returns to original state after compression, while still yielding enough to provide cushion and security where it is needed. It is these characteristics, combined with its versatility and customization possibilities that makes polyethylene useful in so many applications.
Styrofoam is one of the most widely used types of plastic today, also known by its generic term “extruded polystyrene foam”. Styrofoam is a type of polystyrene, it is produced from polystyrene beads, which when expanded and molded under controlled conditions form a light weight block.
Styrofoam is made mostly of air, meaning it is a poor conductor of heat, but an excellent convector. It traps the air in small pockets, blocking the flow of heat energy. This reduces both conduction and convection and makes Styrofoam a good insulator. On the other hand, conductors such as metal are poor insulators because energy flows through them. Glass and air are other examples of good insulators. Styrofoam is placed in wall cavities to keep the inside of buildings warm. It traps air and reduces the transfer of heat energy, keeping heat inside the building.