What instead of polystyrene? Thermal insulation paint – how to choose it?

One of the most frequently used methods of insulating the walls of a building facade is the use of polystyrene. Although it has many advantages, it is not always possible to put it on the wall. Is there any other solution? Yes! It is, for example, a thermal insulation paint. In the article, we will write a few words about the paint, we will answer the question whether it can be used together with polystyrene and what types of paints are available. We invite you to read.

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What is a thermal insulation coating?

Thermal insulation paint is a specialist product with thermal insulation properties. Its properties are related to the ability to reflect thermal radiation, which is why they are also called reflective coatings or paints. The component that allows to do this are the so-called glass microspheres. They have a negative pressure similar to a vacuum, which increases the thermal resistance. You can find a detailed description of our paints here.

When to use thermal insulation paint?

Below we present three situations in which thermal insulation paint is often used as thermal insulation.

1. Can I use thermal insulation paint instead of polystyrene? It is possible, although it is much better to use polystyrene together with a heat-insulating coating. What will it do? First of all, it will allow the use of polystyrene with a lower thickness, which will affect the costs of purchase and assembly.

2. There are many buildings where polystyrene cannot be used. We are talking here about, for example, buildings entered in the heritage registers. Many conservators of monuments do not agree to thermal insulation with the use of polystyrene boards. However, there is a way. A thermal insulation paint is an ideal solution. It does not interfere with the appearance of the building and adds a solid insulation layer.

3. When we want to insulate inside. It may happen that we want to insulate the room from the inside. For example, when we don’t want to destroy the current facade. Of course, placing polystyrene from the inside is possible, but it will make the insulated room simply smaller. In such a situation, it is much better to use thermal insulation paint, which has similar properties, and at the same time does not affect the volume of the room. (You can find out more about the applications of the interior coating in the article –> How to insulate a house and apartment from the inside? Internal thermal insulation paint)

The above points show that GoTherm® can be called an insulating paint.

What thickness of the thermal insulation paint should be applied?

It obviously depends on the effect you want to achieve. Based on research and experience, it is considered that 1 mm of GoTherm® thermal insulation paint, applied to the surfaces, corresponds to 2.5 to even 10 cm of polystyrene (depending on the method and external conditions of measurement).

If you do not know how much paint you need – write to us at: biuro@fcom.pro. We will be happy to help you choose the right amount of material.

What other properties does thermal insulation paint have?

Of course, facade insulation is not the only place where thermal insulation paints can be used. Reflective coatings can protect against burns. A good example is the insulation of hot pipes or boilers in industrial plants.

Research shows that GoTherm® paint helps fight fungus and mold. And also allows you to eliminate bacteria from surfaces painted by it.

What paint can replace polystyrene?

One of the paints we produce is great for replacing or helping polystyrene in thermal insulation. That is GoTherm®. It can be used on various surfaces such as concrete, plasters, metals, wood and even plastics (excluding polyethylene).

GoTherm® thermal insulation paint is resistant to weather conditions and reflects up to 90% of infrared solar radiation. After opening the can, you will see that the coating is white, but can be tinted any color you want. Importantly, the paint can be used both outside and inside the building.

GoTherm thermal insulation paint
The GoTherm family of thermal insulation paints

It is worth emphasizing that the product is ecological and safe for health. In addition, the thermal insulation paint is also prepared for various application methods. And so, paint in the form of a thick mass can be spread like gypsum plaster, and its proper dilution allows the use of a painting unit. Of course, there is also a version similar in consistency to traditional paints, which is perfect for applying it with a roller and / or brush.

In the case of deeper cracks and cavities, it is worth strengthening the insulation with a sealing compound in a cartridge, designed especially for the construction industry – GoTherm®Seal. It is resistant to weather conditions and effectively insulates thermal bridges. The mass can be used for filling expansion gaps, sealing around windows and doors or thermal insulation and masking mounting pins in polystyrene.

Instead of polystyrene – a warming thermal insulation paint

As we have shown, instead of polystyrene, in certain situations, it is possible and worth using GoTherm® paint.

You can buy this product, as well as a primer for walls and sealing insulation, quickly and easily in our online store. Remember to choose the right paint capacity and the method you intend to apply it. If you do not know how much paint you need for your room, just send us the dimensions of the room or rooms, and we will calculate the size of the can you should choose. You can write to the address biuro@fcom.pro.

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Test the thermal insulation paint

We recommend a starter kit, thanks to which you can check its operation. You can buy the set in two versions:

The set with thermal insulation paint includes

  • thermal insulation paint GoTherm® 250ml,
  • primer GoTherm® 250ml,
  • nylon paint roller, 10cm wide, 6mm bristles,
  • handle for the roller,
  • a painting litter box.

The set with thermal insulation mass includes:

  • thermal insulation mass GoTherm® 250ml,
  • primer GoTherm® 250ml,
  • spatula.

Get the starter set now –> https://fcom.pro/en/shop/starter-pack/

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Thermal insulation paints – application, properties and methods of application – infographic

Check out our infographic, from which you will learn about the possibilities of application, the most important features and methods of applying thermal insulation coatings.

Thermal insulation paints - application, properties, application methods

Thermal insulation paints – synonyms

The above graphic should be supplemented with synonyms, which we often use when talking about thermal insulation paint. These are:

  • thermal insulation coating,
  • thermo paint,
  • reflective paint,
  • thermal paint,
  • warming paint,
  • thermocoating.

Do you want to know more about the thermal insulation paint?

Check out our other articles

6 advantages of using GoTherm® thermal insulation paints – in this article we focus on the most important advantages of GoTherm® paint – it’s worth getting to know them.

How to protect the roof against heat? – in this text we focus on the use of thermal insulation paint to lower the temperature, e.g. in a production hall or warehouse

What does scientific research say about thermal insulation paint? – research on thermal insulation coatings is carried out by scientists around the world. In this article, we have selected a few of them and described their results.

How to protect walls against mold and fungus? How can thermal insulation paint help?find out how thermal insulation paint deals with unwanted guests on our walls.

Thermal insulation paints GoTherm® - Polish manufacturer, insulating paint
GoTherm® – thermal insulation paints from the Polish manufacturer

Other FCOM products

Thermal insulation paint is not the only product of our company. Our offer also includes thermal insulation sealing compound and high-quality primer for walls. You can read more about these products in the following articles:

Thermal insulation sealing compound – characteristics and application

Grunt – a novelty in our offer! Find out about its properties and applications!

GoTherm® thermal insulation coating – get to know the opinions

Check opinions on our mass and thermal insulation paint.

Thermal insulation coating – reviews

Thermal insulation compound – reviews

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The headquarters of FCOM – the manufacturer of GoTherm thermal insulation paint

Text checked again and extended on 04/06/2022.