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How Fireproofing Even the Most Durable Fixtures Saves the Integrity of Your Facility

Fireproofing in an industrial space How Fireproofing Even the Most Durable Fixtures Saves the Integrity of Your Facility

Your facil­i­ty is built to with­stand var­i­ous threats and pres­sures, from foun­da­tion­al shifts to severe weath­er events and more. That said, when a fire grows hot and large enough, it can quick­ly dete­ri­o­rate your var­i­ous assets and struc­tur­al com­po­nents, espe­cial­ly if these fea­tures aren’t prop­er­ly pro­tect­ed with fire­proof­ing of some kind. Before long, you may be fac­ing a par­tial or total col­lapse. Here’s how fire­proof­ing even the most durable fix­tures can save the integri­ty of your facil­i­ty in case of a fire.

Ben­e­fits of Fireproofing

Struc­tur­al Steel Is Weak­ened by Intense Flames

Steel is one of the most com­mon­ly used con­struc­tion mate­ri­als for com­mer­cial build­ings for its dura­bil­i­ty and rel­a­tive­ly low cost. Indeed, it takes a lot to under­mine the resilience of steel — unfor­tu­nate­ly, a big enough fire can do the trick. While most fires don’t get hot enough to melt struc­tur­al steel (this occurs at about 2,500 degrees Fahren­heit), steel beams begin to lose their stiff­ness at just 300°F and lose their strength start­ing at 800°F. The more these tem­per­a­tures rise beyond these points, the loos­er and weak­er struc­tur­al steel becomes. It’s no won­der that fire­proof­ing struc­tur­al steel is nec­es­sary to com­ply with cer­tain build­ing codes.

Wood, Dry­wall, and Con­crete Are Even More Sus­cep­ti­ble to Fire Damage

Of course, steel isn’t the only mate­r­i­al used for struc­tur­al and assem­bly pur­pos­es. Most com­mer­cial build­ings also fea­ture wood, dry­wall, con­crete, and oth­er mate­ri­als that are even more vul­ner­a­ble to flames. Ulti­mate­ly, each of these com­po­nents is inter­twined — if the wood­en por­tion of an assem­bly is weak­ened by flames, for instance, it will affect the assem­bly as a whole. Installing fire­proof paint, includ­ing intu­mes­cent paint, and/​or oth­er fire­proof­ing mate­ri­als over these var­i­ous sur­faces is key to main­tain­ing your facility’s over­all struc­tur­al integri­ty. Sim­ply put, these com­mer­cial fire­proof­ing solu­tions are designed to pre­vent flames from direct­ly con­tact­ing the under­ly­ing sur­faces (or at least pro­long this process) to reduce the lev­el and speed of struc­tur­al dete­ri­o­ra­tion. This gives occu­pants more time to safe­ly escape the build­ing and for fire­fight­ers to arrive and put out the flames before any severe struc­tur­al dam­age occurs.

A Strong Enough Fire Can Have Long-Term Impli­ca­tions on Your Facility’s Integrity

Time is of the essence when it comes to elim­i­nat­ing a fire in your facil­i­ty, both for the safe­ty of every­one inside and for the con­tin­ued sound­ness of your struc­tures. If a fire is allowed to get too hot and/​or remain active for too long, it can have seri­ous long-term effects on your struc­tur­al com­po­nents. For instance, fires that burn over 1,300°F for approx­i­mate­ly 20 min­utes or longer can result in per­ma­nent dimin­ish­ment in strength and stiff­ness of struc­tur­al steel com­po­nents. If the fire is put out before it reach­es these heights, there’s a good chance your struc­tur­al steel will recov­er its pre­vi­ous strength and stiff­ness (though some defor­mi­ty may have tak­en place). By installing and main­tain­ing prop­er intu­mes­cent fire pro­tec­tive coat­ings, the chances of these per­ma­nent prob­lems are great­ly reduced, as these high tem­per­a­tures don’t have as much of a chance to affect your struc­tur­al features.

Keep Your Facil­i­ty Stand­ing Tall with Fireproofing

Even the most durable parts of your facil­i­ty need addi­tion­al pro­tec­tion from flames. Com­mer­cial and indus­tri­al fire­proof­ing solu­tions help keep your struc­tur­al steel and oth­er struc­tur­al com­po­nents from los­ing their strength, shape, and stiff­ness while allow­ing addi­tion­al time for peo­ple to safe­ly exit the premis­es and fire­fight­ers to stop the fire once and for all. These solu­tions also min­i­mize the risk of your struc­tur­al parts under­go­ing per­ma­nent dam­age fol­low­ing a fire.

If you’re look­ing for a part­ner to inspect, main­tain, and/​or install new fire­proof coat­ings, look no fur­ther than Kaloutas. Our large team of experts and com­mit­ment to work­ing the way you work allow us to effi­cient­ly pro­vide your facil­i­ty with the fire­proof­ing it needs with­out inter­fer­ing with your oper­a­tions. To learn more about us and all that we do, con­tact us online or give us a call at 9785321414 today.

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