Using Reinforced Aluminium Foils For Insulation

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Aluminium, one of the lightest, most robust durable material is also an excellent insulator. And the metal, in its foil form, has reflecting properties, i.e., it functions as a mirror and reflects energy. Builders use aluminium since it leads to reduced heating costs because of less energy loss and consumption. Moreover, it is an eco-friendly material and can be utilized for sustainable constructions. Aluminium can be recycled with 100% retention of its original properties and quality.

Now, what is a reinforced aluminium foil? It is a type of Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) that is a hybrid of two or more substances. For aluminium matrices, manufacturers usually use carbon fibres to give a final, low density and high strength MMC. The foil is then coated with nickel or titanium boride.

Uses of Reinforced Aluminium Foil

Reinforced aluminium foils have excellent thermal and electrical properties. They are used as a thermal insulator for the packaging of cargos and shipment. It also helps in house insulation to keep homes cool in summers and warm in winters. People additionally use aluminium foil in the kitchen or as engine blocks in vehicles. Another application is applying them on window frames. In fact, reinforced aluminium foil is a material of choice among architects and packaging specialists.

Let us now explain the applications of reinforced aluminium for different industries:

Construction Industry

Because of its excellent insulating properties, reinforced aluminium foils are widely used in the construction industry. It is applied as a wall, roof, or window insulation. Since it also has high reflection power and is exceptionally durable, it can be used for house construction in any climatic condition.

Packaging Industry

Reinforced Aluminium foil is an ideal packaging solution as a barrier material for shipping crates and shelves when looking for to protect against harmful elements from surrounding environment such as moisture, liquids and gases. Its enclosed environment with low oxygen environment and protection against light reduces the possibility of the growth of insect infestation. 

Other typical applications often used together with packaging wooden cates, display cases and storage racks. Having packaging material with tear and puncture resistance is crucial for long term storage and harsh transportation environments.

Underfloor Heating 

With the reinforced aluminium foil excellent thermal benefits, it is perfect when used as a heat conductor. Its high thermal conductivity ensures quick and efficient temperature regulation. When underfloor heating is laminated with reinforced aluminium foil, it results in minimal energy consumption and reduced household bills.

Aluminium leads to even heat distribution over the full surface area and the option to tinner floor structures, assuring warm, comfortable floors throughout the year.

Home Renovation

Reinforced aluminium foils are extensively used in the home improvement industry. In old houses, the outer walls are usually thin, leading to significant energy losses. If you wish to cut energy costs, you can insulate the walls, floors and ceilings from the inside. A high-quality reinforced aluminium foil, fixed beneath the heating, can minimize heat dissipation from the outside as well. The heat emitted outside will be reflected back by the metal. Thus, you can save a lot of money when you decide to renovate your house to make it more energy-efficient.

Art Preservation 

Preserving of arts and artefacts are often neglected. Often, when exhibits are placed in cases for display, it is exposed to various elements which include airborne hazards as well as physical contact by the public. This neglecting often results in these treasured arts and artefacts to deteriorate and decay. However, with proper packaging solutions and suitable materials, such damages can be prevented and reduced. Reinforced Aluminium Foil is the perfect material to prevent exhibit from such damages by lining these aluminium foils inside exhibit cases.

How to use the Reinforced Aluminium Foil?

The dull side of the aluminium foil should face each other during the heat-sealing process. A common mistake is that the adhesive side is used to be attached on different substrates, this is not recommended. For attachment of the Reinforced Aluminium Foil on other surfaces, it should be stapled or taped. However, there are some exceptions to it. Due to the low melting point of the adhesive layer, it can be attached to other materials with similar melting points such as foam.

Aluminium, due to its high tensile strength and malleable nature, is the most extensively used metal after steel. For more information on packaging solutions, feel free, contact us!