What Is Fireproof Patching and When Is It Useful in a Commercial Facility?
Fireproofing is essential for any commercial facility. Fires can severely damage, if not entirely destroy, even the most durable properties, putting lives at risk and taking a major hit to a business’s bottom line. Unfortunately, no fireproof solution is permanent. Over time, fireproof coatings can become damaged and/or lose their efficacy. Regular maintenance will extend the longevity and durability of your fireproof materials and therefore protect your facility as a whole — fireproof patching is a key part of this maintenance.
What to Know About Fireproof Patching in Boston
What Is Fireproof Patching?
Fireproof patching is the process of mending any damaged fireproofing(intumescent, spray-applied cementitious, or other coatings and systems) to re-establish a firm, continuous fireproofed surface. In most cases, this method of remediation is the most efficient at restoring a facility’s fireproofing. Professional contractors who specialize in fireproof patching will assess the relevant damage to existing fireproof coatings and apply a dry or wet mix fireproofing material to coat the exposed areas. Ideally, this patching substance will match the look and consistency of the surrounding fireproof coatings. This is done by hand, trowel or if appropriate sprayed to create a seamless appearance.
The Importance of Maintaining Industrial Fireproofing
Fireproof patching plays an essential role in keeping a facility and all its occupants safe. While some minor damages to your fire resistive paint or fireproofing might not seem like a big deal, any area that lacks complete fire protection is at risk of severe damage in case of a fire. Steel, for instance (one of the most common construction materials), can lose approximately 40% of its integrity after being exposed to temperatures of 1,000 °F and 90% of its strength at 1,500 °F. While partial fireproofing will offer some protection to a given surface, those gaps can quickly become the weak points that trigger serious damage or complete collapse.
Even minimal fire damage can result in expensive repairs and fines. Moreover, damaged fireproofing can quickly become an eyesore, damaging your reputation, productivity, and employee morale. Patching damaged fireproofing is a quick and easy way to avoid all of these negative outcomes, so it’s well worth the effort.
Uses and Benefits of Fireproof Patching
Fireproof patching comes in handy whenever cementitious, or intumescent fire protective coatings undergo damage or otherwise lose their potency. That said, there are secondary reasons to patch your fireproofing. Namely, properly patching your fireproof coatings allows you to maintain mandatory fire resistance ratings in your facility (code compliance) and/or to bring it up to code. Of course, to adhere to these standards, the patching compounds you use must be tested and applied correctly. Implementing patches with unapproved or incorrect coatings can result in safety risks, compliance issues, and other liabilities. As such, your industrial painting and maintenance vendor must know the ins and outs of your facility’s fireproofing needs, as well as be able to customize and test patching materials to keep your facility safe, compliant, and operational.
The Kaloutas Difference
Kaloutas is experienced in applying customized intumescent fireproofing and fireproof patching in a variety of industrial and commercial facilities. The fiberglass-based spray applied thermal-acoustical insulation we use is compatible with most fireproofing products, making it less of a hassle to patch in the future. These products also deliver the required noise reduction and R‑values in tandem with fire-resistance materials. Our projects result in effective, code-compliant, visually pleasing fireproof patching. And, last but not least, we get the job done on your schedule, according to your safety and security demands. We work the way you work to minimize interference and keep your operations flowing.
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