When it comes to construction materials, I must say that I have very little knowledge about it. Yes, I see cements, gravels, steel, glass and all that. But knowing that there are other materials that can be used for constructing buildings, residential and commercial establishments was quite interesting. It’s something that I never expected to be used for such application.
I’m referring to Expanded Polystyrene, which is a material we usually call Styrofoam. More popularly known as EPS, it’s the material used for packing big ticket items such TV, multimedia system, etc. Commercially, it’s that disposable cup we drink on and the packing used for most of our take-out food
We’re used to calling it Styrofoam, but we shouldn’t because that’s actually a brand name or trademark just like we’re not supposed to call toothpaste Colgate, or a photocopying machine Xerox. I can’t believe that such a product we try to avoid because it’s said to be non-biodegradable is used as construction material.
Metalink is the manufacturer of Metakool, an enhanced Long Span Expanded Polystyrene panel solution. Yes, they use EPS to create continuous insulated sandwich panels ideal for controlling noise, temperature, and more. It’s apparently a more cost-effective and superior solution for poultry and livestock warehouses to minimize the noise. It’s also perfect for cold storage.
In addition, the EPS used for manufacturing the panels has higher density than the usual foam used in packaging materials. Metalink’s EPS is industrial grade and has fire retardant capabilities.
The recent typhoon Nina made me remember Metalink’s innovative product. That’s because Metakool EPS construction materials are also ideal for mass housing and temporary shelter. The company integrated its rib panel Eco-Hirb, creating panels with higher crest to effectively dispense rain water.
And because EPS has no food value unlike wood, it will not support the growth of insects or parasites. We all know that termites are big concern for properties.
Home owners, businesses and even the government sector should seriously consider the use of Metakool for their construction materials requirements. Here are the key feature and benefits:
- Simple and easy to install
- Uses of light-weight core material
- Waterproof and fire retardant
- Effective thermal and sound insulation solution
- Closed system serves as a moisture barrier
- Durable even in extreme weather condition
- Stable and durable because of its double panel system
- Odorless and non-toxic
- Cost effective
- Available in custom-cut lengths
- Available in various colors
It makes me feel proud that such an innovative product is manufactured in the Philippines. Metalink, a company established in 2001, uses its knowledge in the steel business to deliver a superior yet economical construction materials. For more information, please visit the company’s website at http://metalink.com.ph.