Contact: Elisa Vivas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVATO, CA, November 1, 2023 – Firefree 88, First FM Approved Coating to Improve Wood Roof Deck Assembly from Class 2 to Class 1.
Recently, FM Approvals www.fmapprovals.com tested and certified Firefree 88, water based latex intumescent coating manufactured by Firefree Coatings Inc, as the first and only intumescent coating to pass the FM 4470 (NFPA 276) Roof Assemblies for Use in Class 1 and Non Combustible Roof Deck Construction Assemblies.
Prior to this, all FM Approved Coatings were limited to steel roof decks.
Firefree 88 first approval was in 2004, when it was tested in accordance to FM 4975 and part 1 of FM 4880. Firefree 88 is an intumescent coating that can be applied to a variety of materials that prevents flame spread and reduces smoke developed generation to the coated substrates. Tests results have shown that Firefree 88 is able to withstand temperatures up to 2200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Firefree 88 is non-toxic, eco-friendly and applies as easily as paint. Because of its ease of application and minimal inconvenience to occupants, Firefree 88 is a very cost-effective and time savings solution versus solutions that may increase the load on a structure, often resulting in a conservative 50% to 70% savings (traditional methods can also add extensive disruption to occupants).
Firefree 88 can be applied over most existing latex paint or it can be top coated with latex paint, which will not impact the performance of the coating.
About The Manufacturer
Firefree Coatings, Inc, Inc., a California based corporation, was established in 1994. The company identified the need for an improved, durable, inexpensive, non-toxic fire protection coating; As a result, Firefree 88 was first launched in 2000. Based on the success of Firefree 88 first full scale test per ASTM E119, the coating was accepted by various safety and building code regulators allowing the use in residential, commercial, industrial, and other sectors of the construction industry. The company has performed and continues to conduct extensive fire tests to meet the increasing demand for fire safety utilizing the standards established by the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM). Firefree Coatings, Inc, Inc., has built a strong network of representatives and distributors throughout the US and abroad.