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Why Spray-Applied Fireproofing Offers Comprehensive Protection for Your Commercial Building

Spray-applied fireproofing on a ceiling in a facility. Why Spray-Applied Fireproofing Offers Comprehensive Protection for Your Commercial Building

Prop­er fire­proof­ing require both active and pas­sive fire pro­tec­tion mea­sures. In addi­tion to sprin­klers, alarm sys­tems, and smoke detec­tors, your facil­i­ty and its assets must be pro­tect­ed by fire stop­ping and fire resis­tant mate­ri­als. Intu­mes­cent and cemen­ti­tious fire­proof­ing serve as key pas­sive fire pro­tec­tion process­es, slow­ing the spread of flames and reduc­ing the degree of fire dam­age in your build­ing. These fire­proof­ing mate­ri­als can be applied in a num­ber of ways, but many facil­i­ty man­agers pre­fer spray-applied fire­proof coat­ings for their ver­sa­til­i­ty, effi­cien­cy, and ease of maintenance.

Here’s how spray applied fire­proof­ing offers com­pre­hen­sive pro­tec­tion for your com­mer­cial building.

How Spray Applied Fire­proof­ing Pro­tects Your Com­mer­cial Building

Can Be Applied Any­where in Your Facility

Many sur­faces and struc­tures with­in your facil­i­ty need ade­quate fire­proof­ing. Struc­tur­al steel, for instance, can lose approx­i­mate­ly 40% of its strength when exposed to tem­per­a­tures exceed­ing 1,000 degrees Fahren­heit – this per­cent­age ris­es to 90% at 1,500 degrees and above. A typ­i­cal com­mer­cial fire can reach tem­per­a­tures between 1,500 and 2,000 degrees, putting the build­ing at risk of struc­tur­al col­lapse. Spray on fire­proof­ing eas­i­ly cov­ers these and oth­er vul­ner­a­ble struc­tur­al com­po­nents, but their use­ful­ness doesn’t stop there. These flex­i­ble fire­proof­ing appli­ca­tions can also be applied to mate­ri­als that already fea­ture some lev­el of fire pro­tec­tion (e.g., fire stop­ping mate­r­i­al like caulk­ing, put­ties, pipe col­lars, etc.). Apply­ing addi­tion­al fire pro­tec­tion to already-resis­tant mate­ri­als secures your facil­i­ty and its assets that much more at a min­i­mal addi­tion­al cost – the spray­ing method makes it simple.

Grants Access to Hard-to-Reach Surfaces

Spray applied fire­proof­ing isn’t just applic­a­ble to a wide vari­ety of mate­ri­als – it also allows for eas­i­er to access to said mate­ri­als. Cer­tain sur­faces are easy enough to reach via brush­ing and rolling, but oth­ers are hard­er to reach or shaped in such a way that hin­ders man­u­al access. Spray­ing on fire­proof­ing mate­ri­als is more effi­cient than these oth­er meth­ods and also allows for more com­pre­hen­sive cov­er­age when prop­er­ly han­dled. It’s worth not­ing, how­ev­er, that cer­tain spray applied fire­proof coat­ings per­form bet­ter or worse in spe­cif­ic envi­ron­ments. Cemen­ti­tious fire­proof­ing, for instance, doesn’t per­form as well in areas with high lev­els of ambi­ent mois­ture (intu­mes­cents fare bet­ter in this cir­cum­stances). So, just because spray applied fire­proof­ing can go just about any­where and reach high-up places doesn’t mean par­tic­u­lar coat­ings are always best-suit­ed for every project.

Easy to Main­tain and Patch

All coat­ings and sur­faces with­in your com­mer­cial build­ing will wear down over time, and spray fire­proof­ing is no excep­tion. In every case, prop­er main­te­nance slows down this nor­mal wear and tear, pro­long­ing the lifes­pan of your assets and your property’s struc­tur­al integri­ty. For­tu­nate­ly, spray applied fire­proof coat­ings are rel­a­tive­ly easy to care for and repair when nec­es­sary via fire­proof patch­ing. A prop­er fire­proof patch should match the exist­ing coat­ing type and thick­ness, meet com­pli­ance stan­dards, and get done accord­ing to sched­ule to min­i­mize downtime.

Pro­tect Your Entire Build­ing with Spray-Applied Fireproofing

When it comes to fire safe­ty, you can’t be too care­ful. Even a minor fire can put lives at risk and rack up thou­sands of dol­lars of dam­age. The prop­er appli­ca­tion of high-qual­i­ty spray-applied fire­proof­ing will put your mind at ease, pro­tect­ing your peo­ple and your prop­er­ty for a long time to come. Kaloutas pro­vides com­pre­hen­sive fire pro­tect­ing ser­vices across indus­tries, always pri­o­tiz­ing safe­ty and effi­cien­cy to keep your oper­a­tion up and run­ning. 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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