Understanding Industrial Pipe Insulation and the Options

July 17, 2023·4 min
Carrie PowersCarrie Powers

Industrial pipe insulation is crucial for the optimal performance and long-term viability of any piping system. It serves multiple purposes, including energy conservation, and maintaining fluid temperature, frost protection, and reducing noise. This article will provide the details needed to help make an informed decision.

The Importance of Pipe Insulation

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Energy Conservation

Industrial pipe insulation helps to minimize heat loss or gain, which results in significant energy savings. By maintaining an optimal temperature, it reduces the energy required to heat or cool the fluid inside the pipe.

Protection Against Extreme Temperatures

Commercial water pipe insulation helps maintain fluid temperatures, to protect pipes from the damage caused by freezing in cold environments or overheating in high-temperature conditions.

Noise Reduction

Insulation can also reduce noise produced by the fluid movement through pipes, for a quieter working environment.

Key Industrial Pipe Insulation Materials

Mineral Wool

Mineral wool pipe insulation is a highly effective insulating material often used in industrial and commercial settings. Made of spun mineral fibers, it provides excellent thermal performance, by reducing heat loss or gain in piping systems to enhance energy efficiency.

In addition, it’s resistant to high temperatures and fire, which makes it an excellent choice for applications involving hot processes or for fire safety purposes.

Mineral wool insulation also boasts excellent sound absorption properties, which can help in reducing noise transmission in piping systems. It is resistant to water, rot, and mold, which increases its longevity and durability in a variety of environments.

Given its unique combination of attributes, mineral wool pipe insulation is an indispensable tool in the maintenance of effective, safe, and efficient piping systems.


Fiberglass pipe insulation is a widely utilized material, known for its superior insulating properties. Made from fine strands of glass that are woven together into a heat-resistant blanket, fiberglass insulation is an efficient solution for reducing heat transfer in piping systems for energy efficiency.

In addition to its thermal advantages, fiberglass pipe insulation is lightweight, resilient, and cost-effective, which makes it a popular choice across residential, commercial, and industrial applications.

Its moisture resistance also helps prevent pipe corrosion and reduces the risk of mold growth. Despite its many benefits, care should be taken during the installation process due to the potential for skin irritation from the tiny glass shards. With proper handling and installation, fiberglass pipe insulation remains a critical tool for optimizing the performance of a vast array of piping systems.

Polyisocyanurate (PIR)

Polyisocyanurate, often referred to as PIR, is a type of thermoset plastic commonly used in pipe insulation for its excellent thermal performance. PIR pipe insulation is renowned for its high resistance to heat flow, which translates to improved energy efficiency in heating and cooling systems.

Its structure provides superior dimensional stability and compressive strength, which makes it suitable for various demanding industrial applications.

PIR insulation exhibits a high degree of resistance to fire, which makes it a safe choice in environments where fire safety is a priority. Despite its relatively higher cost compared to other insulation materials, the long-term energy savings and enhanced safety characteristics make polyisocyanurate a worthwhile investment for insulating piping systems.

Selecting the Right Insulation

Choosing the right insulation depends on various factors, including:

The temperature range the system operates within

  • The pipe material
  • The surrounding environment
  • Regulatory requirements
  • The need for fire resistance™

Buckaroos’ Insulated Pipe Solutions

Buckaroos, Inc. offers a diverse array of industrial pipe insulation tools and materials:

Cool Dry Insulated Pipe Supports

The CoolDry™ Insulated Saddle made by Buckaroos is a highly-rated saddle system for commercial piping systems that can handle temperatures up to 250°F. It uses a strong phenolic foam pipe Insulation, with a 3.75 PCF rating for piping under 10″ iron pipe size and 5 PCF rating for larger pipes between 11″ and 30″ iron pipe size.

Cool Dry Sliding Pipe Supports

The CoolDry™ Insulated Sliding Saddles have a sliding saddle feature that allows a certain amount of linear movement at the hanger location, while still keeping the insulation intact. This support system for pipe insulation can handle temperatures from -290°F to +250°F, and removes the need for roller type supports.

Cool Dry Heavy Duty Pipe Supports

If your piping system undergoes frequent expansion and contraction, the CoolDry™ Heavy Duty Saddle is a great choice. It works well for refrigerated water and cold piping systems, and can be used with roller hangers, trapeze systems, and strut systems. It can also be used outdoors, as long as it’s protected from bad weather. Additionally, it meets MSS SP-58, Type 40 shield requirements.

3300E Insulated Pipe Supports

The Tru-Balance™ Model 3300E is a top-quality pre-insulated saddle system for commercial piping systems with temperatures up to 300º F. It comes with rigid polyisocyanurate insulation, which is 3 PCF for sizes up to 12″ IPS and 4 PCF for sizes 13″ and larger. Additionally, the 3300E features a vapor-retardant facing that doesn’t promote mold or fungus growth.

Pipe Insulation in the Industrial Realm

Proper insulation is essential for the efficient operation of industrial piping systems. It not only saves energy, but also extends the lifespan of the system, to reduce maintenance costs, and increase safety.

Let the Experts at Buckaroos Guide You in Making Smart Pipe Insulation Choices

If you’re looking for the best insulation solutions for your industrial piping systems, look no further than Buckaroos, Inc.. Our team of experts will guide you in selecting the best insulated piping supports for your project. We offer an array of products, including tools, saddles,and blocks and dowels.

Contact us today to learn more!

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Carrie Powers

Carrie channels her passion for innovative solutions in the construction industry for Buckaroos. With a deep understanding of Buckaroos' leading insulated pipe support systems and insulation protection shields, Carrie ensures that building owners, engineers, and installers are well-equipped with the best tools and products. Her dedication to digital transformation and customer engagement helps Buckaroos maintain its reputation as a trusted resource for professional insulators across North America and Canada.