There are many different methods and systems for encasing pipes. But when heat is involved, boxing proves to be the most preferred option for concealing pipework. Heat pipes allow thermal energy to move efficiently across different areas in your home or facility.
Boxing not only conceals the pipes for safety and aesthetic reasons, but it also insulates them and keeps them from freezing and bursting during winter. To properly install boxing, here are some primary considerations:
Plywood and aluminum are two popular options for both boiler and radiator pipe boxing. Plywood boxing profiles come with either hard-wearing melamine surface or laminate to keep moisture at bay. Aluminum boxing works best for external applications and industrial facilities. In some cases, the boxing material will require another layer of coating for full protection, especially for wet areas, such as bathrooms.
Both plywood and aluminium boxing come in two configurations: the L- and U-shaped. For complex pipe work, either one may be used. But, it’s important to consider the dimensions and thickness of the boxing to ensure that the pipes are well protected. To determine which configuration is best for your pipe work, you will need to consult an experienced contractor or supplier.
Much of the pipe work in homes and commercial buildings are either fitted into the floorboards or lofts of each room. A proper survey will tell you which materials and tools you will need to complete the project. Moreover, it’s an opportunity to find obstructions and structural issues that you may need to first address before boxing the pipes.
More often than not, pre-made casings don’t last as long as the ones customized to the building’s specific requirements. While made-to-order products are generally more expensive, they’re worth the investment. Choose a manufacturer that provides turnkey solutions for pipe boxing in the UK, from the surveying and manufacturing, down to installing the boxing.
Exposed boiler and radiator pipes are not only unsightly, they also pose health and safety hazards. Boxing is pretty much a simple and inexpensive way to conceal and protect the pipes from damage, but not doing it properly may only lead to problems, in the future.