General FAQs

Commercial/Residential Construction Products

Does EPS rigid insulation R-value experience any thermal drift? Does it lose its insulating properties over time?

No. The R-value of EPS rigid insulation remains constant throughout its lifetime because the cellular structure of EPS contains only stabilized air.

Does Atlas EPS rigid insulation require large amounts of natural resources to produce?

Studies have shown that Atlas EPS rigid insulation production requires one-third less energy to produce than paperboard, one-half the atmospheric emissions and 42% of the water-borne wastes, compared with paperboard products. Also, total EPS rigid insulation production uses less than 0.1% of this country’s petroleum.

Does Atlas EPS use CFCs in the manufacture of any of its products?

In fact, no EPS rigid insulation manufacturing plants use CFCs. Atlas EPS uses an alternative blowing agent, pentane, which does not affect the ozone layer. In addition, Atlas EPS uses an EPA-approved and regulated emissions collection system to capture and destroy any VOC emissions before they escape into the atmosphere.

Does your EPS rigid insulation pose any health risks during manufacturing or to users?

After exhaustive studies by several national safety and health organizations, it has been concluded that there is no evidence that styrene (the chemical used in the manufacture of Atlas EPS rigid insulation) poses any kind of long-term health risk to employees or those who come in contact with the products.

Does temperature cycling affect EPS insulation?

No. EPS is able to withstand the abuse of temperature (freeze-thaw) cycling without loss of structural integrity or other physical or performance properties.

Is it true EPS rigid insulation takes up a large portion of our nation’s landfills?

No. In fact, despite its prevalence in the marketplace, less than 1% of the total landfill volume is EPS.

In commercial roof applications, can EPS be used in built-up roofing systems?

Yes. All EPS densities can be successfully covered with asphalt used in a temperature range between 200°F and 250°F, assuming the assembly makes use of a cover board to protect the EPS.

In commercial roof applications, do tapered EPS systems have thickness limitations?

In practical use, not really. An Atlas EPS Tapered EPS System can theoretically achieve a maximum thickness exceeding 30 inches.

Does tapered EPS roof insulation come in non-standard sizes and slopes?

Yes. Because EPS tapered systems are produced by cutting the tapered panels out of large blocks on a job-by-job basis, any taper size and slope with nearly any thickness is possible.

Is EPS rigid insulation available for creating concrete brick ledges when pouring concrete walls?

Yes. EPS is available in a variety of custom sizes and strength grades for brick ledge requirements (higher strength grades are more cost-effective because you can achieve multiple uses).

I need a simple solution to form a ledge for the support beam. Does Atlas EPS offer anything?

Atlas EPS makes custom disposable void fillers (called “beam pockets”) to set in the concrete form, which can be knocked out, thus creating a beam pocket.

May I use EPS rigid insulation for below grade insulation requirements?

Yes. EPS is used effectively throughout North America for below grade applications. EPS is not biodegradable and gives effective R-value, even in high-moisture conditions. Additionally, Atlas EPS ThermalStar® X-Grade includes a proven termite-resistant additive and enhanced moisture resistance.

Can EPS be used in insulating foundation walls and floors?

Yes. Manufactured in higher strength grades with greater compressive resistance characteristics, EPS will perform as well as extruded polystyrene in foundation applications. Additionally, Atlas EPS ThermalStar® X-Grade includes a proven termite-resistant additive and enhanced moisture resistance.

What additional products do you offer?

We offer Integrity foam pads laminated with Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) and cling foam tape.

 

Integrity Component Solutions

Does Integrity rigid insulation R-value experience any thermal drift? Does it lose its insulating properties over time?

No. The R-value of Integrity rigid insulation remains constant throughout its lifetime because the cellular structure of EPS contains only stabilized air.

Does Integrity rigid insulation require large amounts of natural resources to produce?

Studies have shown that Integrity rigid insulation production requires 33% less energy to produce than paperboard, 50% of the the atmospheric emissions and 58% of the water-borne wastes, compared with paperboard products. Also, total EPS rigid packaging production uses less than 0.1% of this country’s petroleum.

Does Atlas EPS use CFCs in the manufacture of any of its products?

In fact, no EPS rigid packaging manufacturing plants use CFCs. Atlas EPS uses an alternative blowing agent, pentane, which does not affect the ozone layer. In addition, Atlas EPS uses an EPA-compliant emissions collection system to capture and destroy any VOC emissions before they escape into the atmosphere.

Do your rigid insulation products cause any health risks during manufacturing or to users?

After exhaustive studies by several national safety and health organizations, it has been concluded there is no evidence that styrene (the chemical used in the manufacture of Atlas EPS rigid insulation) poses any kind of long-term health risk to employees or those who come in contact with the products.

Is it true EPS foam takes up a large portion of our nation’s landfills?

No. In fact, despite its prevalence in the marketplace, less than 1% of the total landfill volume is EPS.

How long will EPS last in underground road construction projects?

The same reason that environmentalists object to seeing EPS going into our landfills makes it the perfect product for road construction. Polystyrene is not biodegradable. Samples taken from projects completed as early as 1972 show no breakdown in physical or performance properties.

What additional products do you offer?

We offer Integrity foam pads laminated with Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) and cling foam tape.

 

Packaging

Does Atlas EPS rigid packaging require large amounts of natural resources to produce?

Studies have shown that Atlas EPS rigid packaging production requires 33% less energy to produce than paperboard, 50% of the the atmospheric emissions and 58% of the water-borne wastes, compared with paperboard products. Also, total EPS rigid packaging production uses less than 0.1% of this country’s petroleum.

Does Atlas EPS use CFCs in the manufacture of any of its rigid packaging products?

In fact, no EPS rigid packaging manufacturing plants use CFCs. Atlas EPS uses an alternative blowing agent, pentane, which does not affect the ozone layer. In addition, Atlas EPS uses a unique emissions collection system to capture and destroy any VOC emissions before they escape into the atmosphere.

Does your EPS rigid packaging pose any health risks during manufacturing or to users?

After exhaustive studies by several national safety and health organizations, it has been concluded that there is no evidence that styrene (the chemical used in the manufacture of Atlas EPS rigid packaging) poses any kind of long-term health risk to employees or those who come in contact with the products.

Is it true EPS rigid packaging takes up a large portion of our nation’s landfills?

No. In fact, despite its prevalence in the marketplace, less than 1% of the total landfill volume is EPS.

What is EPS rigid packaging?

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is a closed cell, lightweight, rigid foam plastic composed of hydrogen and carbon atoms.

Why choose Integrity rigid packaging material for my packaging needs?

The versatility, strength and light weight of Integrity rigid packaging material makes it ideal for many applications. Integrity rigid packaging material absorbs shocks, cushions impacts and dampens vibration. These characteristics make Integrity rigid packaging material the economical solution to most packaging problems, reducing product damage and shipping costs.

How much does Integrity rigid packaging weigh?

Integrity rigid packaging normally will weigh between 1 lb. and 2.5 lbs. per cubic foot.

How much does Integrity rigid packaging cost?

Integrity rigid packaging products are an excellent value and offer superior performance.

Can Atlas EPS help with packaging design?

Yes. Atlas EPS can help you design economical packaging for your product.

What tolerances can your fabrication machinery hold?

Tolerances can vary depending on material, density, size and manufacturing processes. Generally, the smaller the part, the tighter the tolerances that can be held. Please contact one of our manufacturing representatives to discuss your tolerance needs.

Do I need to order a minimum quantity to be cost-effective?

Integrity rigid packaging does not require expensive tooling, therefore, it’s cost-effective in large and small quantities.

Can you laminate anything to Integrity rigid packaging?

Atlas EPS commonly laminates plastic films, foil, Kraft paper, Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives (PSA) and High-Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) to Integrity rigid packaging.

What adhesives can you use with Integrity rigid packaging?

Most water-based adhesives will work with Integrity rigid packaging. Check the label for foam compatibility, or contact one of our manufacturing representatives to discuss your needs.

What is PSA and how does it work?

PSA is Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive. Adhesive with a release liner is applied to EPS packaging. The liner can be removed and the Integrity product is applied to the exact area where it is needed.

What additional products do you offer?

We offer Integrity rigid packaging foam pads laminated with Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) and cling foam tape.

 

Garage Door Insulation

Do I need to disassemble my garage door in any way to install the garage door insulation panels?

No! Atlas EPS Matador Garage Door Insulation Kits don’t require any disassembly of an installed garage door. In fact, installation is so simple, it requires no special tools and can typically be completed in less than one hour.

What if I need more than eight garage door insulation panels? (Note: Each Matador Garage Door Insulation Kit contains eight insulation panels.)

Our kits are “standardized” to accommodate the majority of garage door sizes. There may be occasional exceptions. For additional panels, additional kits may be required. For example, a double garage door will usually require two kits.

What is the R-value of the Matador Garage Door Insulation Kit?

The R-value is 4.5 at 75 degrees Fahrenheit for 1-1/4″ thick panels.

Will the additional weight of the Matador Garage Door Insulation Kit effect the operation of my garage door opener?

One Matador Garage Door Insulation Kit weighs approximately 10 pounds. This slight addition in weight should not affect the performance of the garage door opener nor require a change in springs. However, if you have concerns you should check your owner’s manual or consult a professional garage door specialist. Check www.doors.org for a list of garage door dealers that belong to the International Door Association.

How long does it take to receive my Matador Garage Door Insulation Kit(s)?

Kits normally ship within 24 business hours of order placement. Kits are shipped UPS Ground from Michigan. You will receive a UPS tracking number the day of shipment so you can track progress of the shipment.

How do I confirm the number of panels I need for my garage door?

Our kits contain eight panels for a standard 7′ high door. If your door is taller than 7′, or has more than eight cavities, or has individual sections taller than 20-1/2″, then you may need extra panels to fully insulate the door.

My door has a flat steel back, flush with the hinge rails. Can I use this kit?

If the door does not have cavities in the back side, it may be a thin urethane insulated door or a fully insulated steel pan door. In this case, the insulation panels in our kit will not fit.

My door has bracing rails across the width. Can I use your kit?

Some doors have “hurricane bracing” bolted on over the door cavities. Simply remove this bracing (provided it is not attached to the torsion spring!), install the kit panels and reinstall the bracing.

The upper part of my door has windows. How do I install panels in these door sections?

The panels can be installed over the windows, but this may not be desired for aesthetics. Instead, with some craftsmanship, the panels can be cut-out to allow for the window openings. Edges of the exposed insulation around the windows can be finished with notched/bent white 1-1/4″ “J” channel, commonly available in the vinyl siding accessory aisle of large hardware stores. This may take some patience, extra panels are recommended for trials.

What should I know about R-values?

“R” means resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. Compare insulation R-values before you buy. There are other factors to consider. The amount of insulation you need depends mainly on the climate your building is in. Also, your fuel savings from insulation will depend upon the climate, the type and size of your building, the amount of insulation already in the building and your fuel use patterns or occupant count. To get the marked R-value, it is essential that this insulation be properly installed.