Insulation Snakes® manufactures an extensive line of Removeable, Reusable and Weatherproof insulation products

Our products are used in the oilfield industry, industrial, agricultural and residential sectors. All of our insulation products are compatible with electrical heat trace. Insulation Snakes® products are manufactured using Certifiable R-11 USA/R-12 Canada insulation, which uses 3-1/2 Fiberglass Batting Insulation. Our new Product has a certifiable R-13 USA/ R-14 Canada rating which uses 4″ Fiberglass Batting insulation.

Our products comply with the following standards:

Quality Certified ISO 9001:2015

Building Code Standards

  • CAN/ULC S702-1997 (Building Codes)
  • CSA A101-M1993 and CAN/CGSB-51.11-92

Fire Resistance Codes:

  • CAN/ULC-S102-1998 (Smoke and Flames Codes)
  • CAN4-114-1980 (Non-Combustibility Code)
  • ULC-S129-1995 (Smolder Resistance)

Compressibility Standards:

NAIMA 202-96 Standard Rev.2000

The fibreglass manufacturers produce a more robust, dense product to withstand compression and allow the material to recover to its designed R-value. In other words, our product is designed to be compressed twice – once by the manufacturer and then once by our assembly department.

Thickness recovery of fibreglass insulation deteriorates over time while it is compressed in a roll. The tighter fibreglass is rolled, the more glass fibres are broken and the more thickness recovery is reduced. We are concerned about maintaining the integrity of the fibreglass fibres. Insulation Snakes® strives to reduce this type of damage by rolling our products just tight enough to be packaged and shipped.

Insulation Snakes® uses a virgin blend (NOT RECYCLED) 5mil polyethylene for “the original” snakes and 6mil polyethylene for the “cobra tan” snakes, giving it excellent puncture and tear resistance. (There are two exceptions where we use 3mil polyethylene). We do not use thicker polyethylene so as to not damage the integrity of the fibreglass fibres.

We have insisted that our vendor add extra UV protection to the polyethylene during the manufacturing process which increases the life of our products, allowing Insulation Snakes® to be exposed to the weather for extended periods of time.

The polyethylene sheathing will soften when temperatures exceed 202°F (96°C). Our insulation products remain flexible and functional at very cold temperatures.

Insulation Snakes® ships products in blue polyethylene bags which also have extra UV protection added during the manufacturing process, allowing for temporary outside storage. All of these bags have our brand name clearly marked, so as to avoid confusion with any imitators.

Insulation Snakes® stands behind all of our products. All products are guaranteed against defects in workmanship and material that may have occurred during the manufacturing process.

General Questions & Answers

What is the R-value of Insulation Snake®?

1. Insulation Snakes® (Certifiable R-12) with 5 ml. UV treated polyethylene from 6” wide to over 96” wide, and various lengths up to 20 feet. Comes with or without straps attached, depending on the application.
2. Super Snake Insulation Snakes® have a R-14 rating with a 5ml UV treated, rodent retardants, higher puncture resistance, and a trademark color called Cobra Tan.

How thick is an Insulation Snakes®?

The Original Insulation Snake® is 3.5 inches thick. The Super Snake is 4.5 inches thick, which has a certifiable R14 rating.

What is the outer shell of an Insulation Snakes® made of?

The Original Insulation Snake® and the Cobra Tan Super Snake product has a 5 mil, UV protected polyethylene.

How long will an Insulation Snakes® last?

Some of our customers have had Insulation Snakes® in use for five or more years and they are still doing the job!

How much pipe can an Insulation Snakes® spiral wrap?

The following list applies to Original Insulation Snakes®, and Cobra Tan Super Snake Insulation Snakes®. The Sidewinder™ differs in the fact that it insulates the same linear length as its own linear length.

#1210 covers 6’6″ of 2″ pipe, 5’6″ of 3″ pipe and 5′ of 4″ pipe
#1220 covers 12’ of 2” pipe, 10’6” of 3” pipe and 8’6” of 4” pipe
#1810 covers 8’ of 3” pipe, 7’ of 4” pipe, and 6’ of 5”pipe
#1820 covers 12’ of 3” pipe, 10’ of 4” pipe and 8’ of 5” pipe
#2410 covers 10’ of 4” pipe, 8’ of 5” pipe
#2420 covers 13′ of 4″ pipe, 9′ of 5″ pipe

Linear coverage will vary depending on the amount of overlap used during the installation. Our estimates on coverage per Insulation Snakes® used are only meant as a general rule.

What is the heat rating of Insulation Snakes®?

Insulation Snakes® can withstand temperatures up to 202 degrees Fahrenheit or 96 degrees Celsius. At this temperature, the polyethylene sheathing will begin to soften. Higher temperatures will cause it to melt away from the heat source. See data sheet.

What should I use to fasten the snake on the piping or equipment?

SNAKE STRAPS are highly recommended and are available separately from Insulation Snakes®. Snake Straps allow for quick and easy installation and removal without damage to the Insulation Snakes®.

Can I use a steamer on Insulation Snakes®?

Do not direct the steam jet directly at the Insulation Snakes® as it will quickly cut a hole through the polyethylene sheathing, wetting the interior fibreglass rendering it useless as insulation. A popular choice is to use the Insulation Snakes® Sidewinder™ which can be quickly opened up to access any spot along the pipe without the inconvenience of unwrapping spiral wrapped snakes.

Can I use Insulation Snakes® for underground insulating?

Yes, our #EUG1220 product (Econo Underground Insulation Snakes®) and our #PSEUG1220 (Pro Snake Econo Underground Insulation Snakes®) product are specifically designed for underground installation. They are meant to be spirally wrapped around the pipe and hold up to gentle burial after installation.

Can I cut the snake to the length that I require?

No, do not cut the Insulation Snakes®. The ends are sealed to help keep moisture and rodents out.

Can you make an Insulation Snakes® to fit my application?

Yes, send us pictures or drawings with measurements, and we will custom build to suit your particular requirements.