How to Fireproof Wood and Steel with Little Downtime
Most industrial facilities are composed of various materials to optimize integrity and safety. Steel is typically used for structural support, wood and concrete for additional support and framing To maintain the overall integrity of your facility, each of these essential materials requires proper protection from different threats. Fire threatens your property perhaps more than any other force and can easily eat through wood. When allowed to burn long and hot enough, severe fires can even weaken steel beams.
Proper industrial fireproofing must be applied to your facility’s various components to ensure the safety of your people and minimize the damage done to your assets. If you’ve got a lot of ground to cover, however, a complete fireproofing project may interfere with your regular operations, forcing you to temporarily shut down. At Kaloutas, we understand that this suspension can be a significant burden and, in some cases, an impossibility, which is why all of our services are designed to reduce downtime while still providing optimal outcomes. Here’s how we fireproof wood and steel without getting in the way.
Intumescent and Cementitious Fireproofing for Steel
Steel features can be efficiently protected from flames via both intumescent and cementitious coatings. Intumescent coatings are applied like any other type of paint. However, when exposed to high heat, these coatings undergo a chemical reaction that causes them to rapidly expand into a foamy substance that insulates the underlying steel. Cementitious coatings don’t transform in the case of fire but still offer lightweight and long-term fire protection. Both types of fire protection spray for steel structures such as decking, bracing, and I‑beams are highly durable, quick to install, and don’t cause delays in any surrounding services or operations.
Intumescent fireproof paint is also commonly used to protect wooden features like plywood sheathing, interior carpentry, framing, structural lumber, lightweight joists, and so on. Kaloutas also offers other types of Class A fire-resistive coatings for wooden materials depending on the situation. Despite the material and spatial differences between steel and wood, our approach to fireproofing remains the same: use the right products for the job and apply them with the most efficient methodology available (which is often spray application).
Efficient Fireproof Patching
While Kaloutas makes a strong effort not to interfere with your standard operations during fireproofing, a complete fireproofing project can take some time, even with the most efficient processes. As such, once your facility is properly fireproofed, it’s important to maintain these coatings and invest in touch-ups when needed. Doing so will both ensure the ongoing safety of your facility and prevent further downtime — this is precisely what our fireproof patching services are designed for. Rather than wait until your entire building needs new fireproofing, our teams will come in periodically or as needed to quickly repair any damaged or worn down fireproofing, so no downtime is incurred.
Kaloutas takes safety seriously, and we also respect your operational needs. Let us help you protect your facility from flames and other threats without interference. To learn more about us and all that we do, contact us online or give us a call at 978−532−1414 today.