If you want to be able to wipe off your duct and equipment insulation, take a look at Johns Manville’s latest

by Brianna Crandall — May 24, 2019 — Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company and building products manufacturer, recently announced the release of its 800 Series Spin-Glas Ultra, a rigid fiberglass insulation board with a new polypropylene-coated (poly-top) facing that allows it to be wiped down for better cleanability.

The insulation is designed with a facing that provides a similar aesthetic to Johns Manville’s Micro-Lok HP Ultra pipe insulation, which also features a polypropylene-coated facer.

2 800 Series Spin-Glas Ultra fiberglass insulation boards by Johns Manville

Johns Manville’s 800 Series Spin-Glas Ultra fiberglass insulation board features a new polypropylene-coated (poly-top) facing that can be wiped down to clean it. Image courtesy Johns Manville

Lance Bonin, Johns Manville’s Mechanical Portfolio Manager, said the idea for this new facing began at one of Johns Manville’s Contractor Advisory Councils. Bonin stated:

We regularly host events where we can get feedback from the contractors who install our products. Over the last year, one thing we heard repeatedly was that contractors want a poly-top facing for our Spin-Glas board insulation that is similar to the poly-top facing we use on our Micro-Lok HP Ultra pipe insulation.

The new facer is a scrim-reinforced, polypropylene-coated, metalized polyester.

Meredith Westerdale, Johns Manville’s Mechanical Product Manager, explained that this new facing is unique from other mechanical insulation facings. Westerdale pointed out:

Most facings used on mechanical insulation have a kraft paper component, but the new facing we are using on our 800 Series Spin-Glas Ultra board has no paper. We’ve found that for fiberglass boards, this can improve their wrinkle-resistance.

800 Series Spin-Glas Ultra can be used on any ASJ specification as it meets the requirements of a polymeric film type ASJ per the NIA Glossary. Additionally, it meets the highest rating for low permeance vapor retarders as a Type I classified material per ASTM 1136.

800 Series Spin-Glas Ultra is now available from Defiance, Ohio. For more information about 800 Series Spin-Glas Ultra, download the data sheet or the FAQs from the Johns Manville website. The company has operated since 1858, now on three continents.