Metal building materials are some of the strongest and most durable on the market. However, even metal will start to warp and weaken if exposed to enough heat and flames. Find out how to protect your building’s structural integrity more thoroughly with four methods to make metal more fire-resistant.
Applying Intumescent Coatings
Applying an intumescent coating is one of the most popular methods for strengthening metal materials to be more fire-resistant. Using chemical reactions, intumescent paints and coatings create a protective layer that shields the building materials underneath when fire triggers it. Experts can apply intumescent coatings on-site or remotely before building companies transfer the materials to construction sites.
Using Rigid-Board Fireproofing
Rigid-board fireproofing combines fire protection and thermal insulation in one material. These boards contain compressed mineral wool that is resistant to heat and fire. Fireproofing boards are available in a range of thicknesses to provide optimal coverage for various building materials. This solution is an ideal replacement for intumescent coatings when on-site spraying is not optimal.
Applying Fire Blanket/Wrap Systems
Fire blanket and wrap systems are lightweight fire-stopping materials you can apply to certain building materials. Builders often use insulating blankets and wraps to cover metallic vents and ducts in buildings. Because heating units pose fire risks, builders often use blankets or wraps around them to provide extra protection.
Using Other Fire-Resistant Materials
Builders can use concrete to encapsulate metal building materials to provide additional support and heat resistance. Concrete is naturally more fire-resistant than other building materials. However, using concrete is a less popular method due to the amount of space the material occupies. Concrete fireproofing may not be as aesthetically pleasing or ideal for smaller spaces, which is when the above options become more popular choices.
If you are considering how to make your building’s metal materials more flame resistant, try these fire-stopping methods. You can find popular flame-retardant coatings at Firefree Inc. for all your building safety needs. Learn more about intumescent paints and browse our selection at Firefree Inc. today!