What is XPS?
Extruded Polystyrene Materials (XPS), manufactured with fully automated system with the extrusion technology which produces foam materials with a homogeneous cell structure, used for thermal insulation. XPS is manufactured under constant computer control, a stable cell structure with homogen honeycomb (hexagonal) apperance is achieved. XPS is manufactured in the desired thickness along the production line and the air is incarcerated in the cells. XPS provide the best thermal isolation with motionless dry air.
The surface of the material is armored and rough surface when comes out of the production line so is structured in line with the needs in the detail where the material will be used. Thanks to this structure, XPS do not absorb water and are not affected by humidity and have a justified advantage compared to other thermal insulation.
Superior Properties of XPS
- Low thermal conductivity
- Continuous and non-decreasing λ- thermal conductivity value thanks to its water absorption feature
- Enduring for freezing
- Thanks to high pressure and bending strength its thickness does not decrease over time.
- High modulus of elasticity and stability of dimensional.
- Thanks to its optimum vapor diffusion resistance, µ value suitable for the place of use.
- XPS products are 100% recycable
- It can be cut with all kinds of cutting tools, does not crumble, does not cause wastage.
- It has closed cell structure.
Short History of XPS
The first Extruded Polystyrene Foam was produced in the early 1940s for floating rafts in the USA on demand for military purposes. As a result of its intensive use, these products, which are noticed to be highly resistant to water and humidity, have also been noticed with their thermal insulation technical features and continued to be produced for thermal insulation. Extruded Polystyrene Foams, which started to be produced in Europe in the 1960s, have been used safely in all buildings and engineering structures for more than 50 years. Today, the use of Extruded Polystyrene Foams worldwide is around 15-20 million m3/year.
Why Should We Use XPS?
The decrease of energy resources in the world over time, global warming, has made it necessary for all countries to take their energy needs under control and to develop effective energy use methods. Most of the energy used in houses is consumed for heating and cooling purposes. Efficient use of energy can be achieved with thermal insulation.
Creating healthy living conditions, reducing fuel consumption; It helps the user to make heating and cooling with low fuel costs and thus to reduce air pollution.
XPS is made to reduce the heat loss between the building components and the external environment in order to prolong the life of the building by protecting it from internal and external factors and is used in thermal insulation. Buildings retain their value for many years only if the building is well designed and protected from internal and external factors. The correct protection of buildings from internal and external factors is made with thermal insulation. The aim of thermal insulation is protecting the buildings from internal and external factors to provide healthy and comfortable conditions.
Providing comfortable living conditions is important for human health and protecting the buildings from internal and external factors is as important as living conditions for enduring buildings
Benefits Of Using XPS In Buildings
- Saving energy
- Protecting the building from internal and external factors.
- Avoiding enviromental pollution
- Providing heat comfort by keeping the building warm
- Protecting the building for condensation and corrosion
- Protecting the building from cracks due to temperature changes.
- It can use thiner than the others thermal insulation materials.
- Thanks to its durability, it is practical to use XPS in roofs and floors.
- It can use every air conditions.
- It is lightweight and easy to handle.
- Thanks to its vapor diffusion resistance in interior wall insulation, it does not require vapor barrier.