The insulation was needed on an above-ground storage tank in Brickerville, PA, just northwest of Philadelphia, PA. This particular tank holds water for fire protection and will be used in conjunction with a sprinkler system in their distribution facility.
When winter temperatures fall below freezing, an uninsulated tank presents several issues for the business, such as:
- Ice build-up within the tank
- Frozen water lines
- No access to emergency fire protection water supply
- Energy waste from the tank heater
- Not meeting NFPA 22 freeze protection codes section 16.1-16.5.
How was RidgLok® Selected?
In colder regions, storage tanks for fire protection require tank heaters. Without proper insulation, the cost of heating these tanks is prohibitive. NFPA 22 codes section 16.1-16.5 permit the use of tank insulation to CONSERVE energy. The storage tank manufacturer trusts RIDGLOK®’s long history of protecting fire water storage tanks. Having used it on projects for many years, they have complete confidence in this newer technology which is rapidly overtaking conventional insulation systems. They ultimately selected RIDGLOK®’s vertical standing seam insulation (VSSI) system because of past history, competitive price, and their long-standing experience working with RIDGLOK® insulation panels.
The manufacturer’s project manager knew he could rely on the system for:
- Quality thermal protection
- Speed of installation
- Safety of installation
- Low maintenance of the insulation system
- Long life of the insulation system
- High wind resistance
- Structural connections sealed against weather
- High level of corrosion protection against CUI (corrosion under insulation)
- Color Matching the facility’s color scheme
- Easy fast repairs
- Expansion/contraction built naturally into the system (no bands to be periodically checked and tightened)
- Quality resulting from panels pre-manufactured to specification
This RIDGLOK® Vertical Standing Seam Panel Insulation System was manufactured at the MC&I facility in Reed, KY for installation on a 24.62′ x 17.84’ tall fire protection storage tank with a straight design roof. The RIDGLOK® straight roof design and flashing system minimized potential corrosion points contributing to the overall performance of the system. The tank shell and roof materials consist of a 2” Polyisocyanurate insulation board R-Value of 13.1. Insulation is laminated to stucco embossed 0.024 x 24” W aluminum metal jacketing at our facility prior to installation.
Despite the challenging weather, the project was still able to be completed on time.
Upon completion of the project, the project manager stated:
“Great crew. They came to work and got it done. Great guys.” He also remarked he would recommend MC&I and the RIDGLOK® Vertical Standing Seam System.
The client now enjoys:
- Lower Energy bills
- An aesthetically pleasing tank that complements the facility
- 1-year warranty and a Lifespan of 25+ years of thermal protection