Polyiso vs. Mineral Wool

Rmax insulation has been designed and tested to provide building envelopes with superior insulating protection while meeting the fire requirements of building codes, including numerous NFPA 285 assemblies.

Rmax’s engineered products and solutions allow for ultimate efficiency through multiple design options, creating ease of construction and reduced energy usage.  This leads to a better building envelope while adding to the bottom-line through both material and labor savings - making Rmax an excellent choice for commercial buildings. 

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With 2 ½ times the compressive strength, Rmax Polyiso can support heavy cladding weight, while mineral wool requires highly conductive and costly Z-Furring, hat channels or proprietary clip systems.

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Mineral wool manufacturers often list compressive strength values in pounds per square foot (psf) and allow greater deformation during the test - misleading one to think they have high values. When converting psf to psi and using the same test method as Polyiso, mineral wool provides less than half of the compressive strength of standard Polyiso. Lack of compressive strength requires complex, cumbersome and costly cladding attachment systems which reduce effective R-values through thermal bridging.


Why Polyiso is the better choice

  • Higher Thermal Performance
  • Greater Compressive Strength 
  • Withstands "Wind-Washing" Effects
  • Eliminates Thermal Bridging - Does Not Require Cladding Attachments
  • More Environmentally-Friendly 
  • Significantly Outperforms in ASTM C209 Water Absorption Testing