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 978−532−1414 today.