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Extruded Polystyrene Insulation

A rigid cellular foamed-plastic insulation material manufactured by extrusion of polystyrene in the presence of a blowing agent. The blowing agent creates a porous structure that resists liquid water penetration and vapor diffusion. The manufacturing process for XPS insulation results in a smooth surface skin. Typical density of 2 lb/ft3 and R-value of 5 per inch (0.029 W/mK).

Variants: XPS

Related terms: Closed-cell Spray Polyurethane Foam (ccSPF), Expanded Polystyrene Insulation (EPS), Insulation, Open-cell Spray Polyurethane Foam (ocSPF), Polyisocyanurate (PIC)