Plastics, fiberboard and other plastic coated products are commonly used for fiberboard boards that are designed to hold up to 10 kilowatts, but many homeowners don’t know the ins and outs of what they’re installing and what it can do.
The Globe And Live Media has put together a guide to the ins-and-outs of plastic coated fiberboards.
(Courtesy of The Globe and Live Media)As we mentioned in a previous story, the fiberboard’s construction relies heavily on the polymer coating that’s applied on the outside, and many homeowners are not aware of the insides of the products.
To make the installation easier, we’ve included a guide that you can use to understand the ins/outs of each product.
But if you don’t have time to read the entire guide, here are some tips and tricks to make your fiberboard installation a lot easier.1.
Install a fiberboard panel at least 3/4″ thick.
(This means the fiber board should be at least 1/4-inch thick.
If it’s too thin, it will be difficult to install.)2.
Select a fiberglass sheet.
Most fiberboard sheet sizes range from 3/8-1/2″ in thickness.3.
Choose a sheet with a fiber board finish.
The finished fiberboard will look better, be more durable and last longer.
It will also offer an easier install.
(The finished fiber board will be thinner and less likely to snag and damage your existing wiring.)4.
Make sure you don.t have to sand the fiberglass panel.
The finish you choose will give you a smooth, even finish.5.
If you plan to install a fibertop, make sure you choose a durable fiberboard.
There are many brands of fiberboard available, and you should be able to find the right product for your home.
(Click on the image below for a larger version.)6.
Choose the right fiberglass.
If your existing insulation is too thin to hold the fiberboards temperature, consider installing a fiberfin.
(If your insulation is not thick enough to hold a fiberline, consider building a fiber-reinforced polyester sheet.
You will get better insulation performance.)7.
If the fiberfin you choose is too short, make it more than a foot.
This will help it withstand the temperature fluctuations in your home, especially during winter.
(When using fiberfin, remember that you should choose a fiber to be insulated with as close to the same thickness as the insulation that you use in your house.)8.
Choose fiberboard that’s the right thickness.
If there is a problem with the fiber, like a hole or missing joints, you can choose a thinner fiberboard for the inside.
(See below for an example of a thinner sheet.)9.
Choose your fiber.
You may want to choose a sheet that is at least a foot wide, but it doesn’t have to be.
You can also choose a thicker sheet for the insulation around your home if you have one.
(We recommend choosing a sheet the thickness of your home.)10.
Select the right color.
The best option is to use a fiber that is in the same color as the fiber that you are installing.
(For example, if your fiberglass is the same shade as your insulation, you will want a color that matches that fiber.)11.
Be careful about your fibertop.
If one of the pieces that is installed has a gap, there is always the chance that the other piece will snap, so be sure to have a backup.
You’ll also want to ensure that the edges of the fiber are sharp and square.
(Be sure to use the same gauge as you used for the original fiberglass.)