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    Between Fiberglass vs. Armaflex, which material is more *insulating* for water pipes.

    I've noticed in commercial jobs, the guys use the fiberbglass wraps more.

    Love to hear the pros/cons

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    The one with the higher R-factor! That's usually the foam, but it depends on the thickness of each.
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    Commercial jobs use fiberglass because the specifications usually call for it, and its specific covering, as well as appearances. The thickness determines its "insulation value" NOT necessarily the material.
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    If thickness is the case, then it must be fiberglass all the way. Without me comparing them in front of me, I'm thinking at least 2X as thick..

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefwong View Post
    If thickness is the case, then it must be fiberglass all the way. Without me comparing them in front of me, I'm thinking at least 2X as thick..
    Unfortunately, you'd be wrong! Depending on the foam, it may have as much as R5/inch. Fiberglass is rarely more than R2/inch, and because it has more open air spaces, can radiate more, reducing its effectiveness because of convection in it. A closed-cell foam doesn't have that issue. Fiberglass doesn't give off toxic fumes if it burns, some foams can. Decide what you need for R-factor, read the specs, see how thick you need to go with the preferred material, but if space is an issue, foam wins.
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    http://www.terrylove.com/forums/show...ipe+insulation

    Here is my two cents. I hope this will help you some.

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