How Coating Systems Can Protect Against Fire
Posted Jan 09, 2023 by Dave Scaturro
Did you know the paint you use may be able to help support your building in the event of a fire? It’s true! Today’s paint market has many options when it comes to fire protection, including fire-resistant and fire-retardant paints. Read on for more about each.
Intumescent Paint (Fire Resistant or Fire Proof)
Intumescent paint is a paint we use frequently with both commercial and industrial clients. This thin paint coating expands - sometimes up to 25 times the original thickness - when exposed to high temperatures, essentially creating an insulating barrier that hardens into a material called “char.” This allows the structures the paint is applied to extra time before flames are able to reach the surface.
This type of paint coating is easy to apply, incredibly durable, and can be used both indoors and outdoor on a variety of building materials, including structural steel and wood. They not only provide fire protection but enable these areas to meet standard fire codes, fire rating and flame spread requirements.
Flame Retardant Paint
Another option in fire protection is flame retardant paint, which can be used on non-critical infrastructure and help prevent flame spread if a building catches on fire. This coating application essentially “treats” the areas it is applied to with a layer of fire protection that helps limit the spread of flames and avoids the melting of the material.
Choosing the best fire protection for your facility
There are many things to consider when choosing the right fire-resistant or flame-retardant paint. Our expert team is well-versed in the product lines for each of these options, as well as the surface preparation and application methods.
We can provide the best recommendations for your building and business and employ strict safety protocols in each and every project we take on to ensure our customers and team are protected and have the best possible results.
Give our team a call today to get started on your building’s fireproofing needs!