Fireproof Paint: What Is It and How Does It Help With Facility Operations?
Facilities within all industries face various safety hazards, and fires are among the most dangerous and destructive. A fire can start in any number of ways, too, whether due to electrical errors, gas leaks, neglect, and more. To protect their people and assets, businesses of all kinds must take fire safety seriously. Fireproofing your property is an important step in mitigating fires and preventing serious injury and devastation. A common form of fireproofing comes in the form of paint. But what is fireproof paint, exactly, and how does it help with facility operations on the whole? Let’s discuss.
What Is Fireproof Paint?
Fireproof paint (also called fire/flame retardant paint or fire/flame resistive/resistant paint) is a specialized coating that looks like typical paint while also containing fireproofing properties. In other words, these coatings are both decorative and protective. Generally speaking, fireproof paint is designed to slow the heat-transfer to the underlying substrate within a building for about a half hour to two hours (depending on the product’s composition and more) in the event of a fire. When functioning as intended, fireproof paint allows occupants more time to escape the building and for firefighters to enter the scene and quench the flames.
Different Types of Fire Retardant Paint
There are multiple fireproof paint products on the market, but they all fall into two major categories: intumescent fireproofing and cementitious fireproofing. Both types of paint look similar in a normal context, but the former type (intumescent) activates when exposed to high heat, transforming into a charcoal-like foam substance via chemical processes and further insulating the surfaces it protects. Cementitious paint, on the other hand, retains its structure when a fire occurs, still providing a thick layer of fire protection (especially in dry environments). Despite the activated nature of intumescent coatings, both types of fireproof paint are considered passive fire protection (PFP) (and not active fire protection or AFP) because they’re set in place beforehand to mitigate the negative effects of a fire.
How Fireproofing Paint Helps with Facility Operations
The most important aim of fireproof paint (and all fire protection methods) is to ensure the safety of all occupants. Beyond this primary goal, however, fireproof paint offers additional benefits that help your facility operations at large.
For starters, since fireproof paint slows the spread and reduces the intensity of flames, it reduces the risk of severe asset damage and destruction. As a result, you won’t have to worry as much about investing in costly repairs and replacements should a fire start in your building. Fireproof paint is also easily applied to a wide range of surfaces (especially when spray-applied rather than brushed or rolled on), so an experienced fireproofing contractor can protect your facility quickly and without interfering with your operations. The same contractors can also easily patch any fireproof coatings that have been damaged or worn down over time. Sealing your interior surfaces with fire retardant paint also helps you remain compliant with any and all relevant fire codes, protecting you from fines and other penalties. And, last but not least, fireproof paint comes in a range of aesthetic options, so you can enhance your facility’s atmosphere while shielding it from flames at the same time.
Improve Your Operations While Protecting Your Facility from Fire
While fireproof paint isn’t guaranteed to protect every inch of your facility from flames, it’s an important investment that props up your facility’s overall fire protection protocols. Moreover, fireproof paint installation won’t put a burden on your operations when performed by professionals like Kaloutas. And when we’re done coating your facility with fireproof paint, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having a reliable partner in your corner to keep your building safe and compliant.
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