HVAC Contractors Using Fiber Glass Duct Board After Rise in Price of Scrap Metal
A sharp rise earlier this spring in the cost of steel led many HVAC contractors to choose fiber glass duct board over sheet metal for construction projects, according to Renee Chesler, director of Mechanical Insulation Business for CertainTeed Insulation Group.
Headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, CertainTeed Corporation is a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry — the Supplier 100 of NAHB.
The cost of scrap steel increased some 30% by April, said Chesler, as overseas business entities bought up supplies of the material and the cost of natural gas used to process it was on the rise.
Fiber glass duct board has three main advantages over unlined sheet metal ducts, Chesler said: its ability to help reduce sound transmission in the air handling system; its thermally efficient delivery of heated or cooled air; and a reduction in condensation from temperature differences between conditioned air within the system and the air outside.