A Quick Comparison between Styrene and Urethane Panels for Coolrooms and Freezers

25 March 2022

Coolrooms and freezers are cold storage solutions that commercial establishments like restaurants and supermarkets often maximise. What makes these cold storage solutions special is they can retain the freshness and quality of perishable products.

On their own, both coolrooms and freezers already have the needed cooling systems to ensure that their interiors remain cold throughout their operations. They likewise have doors and other components that aid in deterring heat from infiltrating their interior. However, businesses still have the option to install additional panels to further improve the cooling functions of coolrooms and freezers.

What makes panels great for coolrooms and freezers is they can prevent heat from entering their interiors. Two materials that are often used in building coolroom and freezer panels are styrene and urethane. To know which one is great for your business, here is a quick comparison between the two.

Styrene Panels

One of the materials used for creating panels for coolrooms and freezers is styrene.

Styrene panels have been maximised by many business owners since they boast excellent insulation. And through their wide ranges of compressive strengths, these panels can effectively match the insulating requirements of coolrooms and freezers, granting them the ability to stay intact despite being exposed to various low temperatures. Styrene panels are also known for their reputable resistance to water permeation and moisture absorbency, allowing these panels to attain better energy ratings than others. These qualities also allow them to prevent mould from growing and spreading.

Other notable features of styrene panels include better recyclability and longer service life. And despite using styrene panels for a long time, their initial R-value is expected to be retained for a long time.

Urethane Panels

Urethane panels are panels that can also be maximised in coolrooms and freezers.

One of the advantages of urethane panels over styrene panels is they possess low thermal conductivity. This quality allows the panels to be structurally robust and stable, preventing them from shrinking or deforming even though they are used for a long time. The low thermal conductivity of urethane panels also grants them the ability to withstand extremely cold temperatures of coolrooms and freezers. 

Another great feature of urethane panels is they are cost-efficient. One reason why these panels are cost-efficient is they utilise cheap materials. They are also cost-efficient as they only require low transportation and installation costs. Some more features of urethane panels include low water penetrability level and enhanced protection against corrosion and rusting.

There are more types of panels for coolrooms and freezers that business owners can consider. However, the previously discussed types of panels are known to be the best materials for maintaining the operations and longevity of coolrooms and freezers. 

To know more about these coolroom and freezer panels, you can call us at C&M Coolroom Services.

Mark Connelly
C&M Coolroom Services
E-mail: markconnelly@cmcoolrooms.com.au
Mobile: 0412 536 315

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