When a fire emergency occurs, effective fireproof coatings can save lives and prevent a great deal of damage and loss. At Kaloutas, we take this responsibility to heart, making sure that our fire-resistive coatings are installed properly.
Industrial Fireproofing in New England
What Is Intumescent Fireproofing?
Intumescent paint coatings are fire-resistive paints that change state when exposed to flame or excessive heat. Though these coatings appear just like normal paint and come in a variety of colors and sheens, they decompose and expand during a fire, creating a thick, spongy foam that slows the spread of fire and heat penetration.
During a fire, intumescent paint will protect structural steel, giving those in the building a longer time to escape and firefighters a longer time to fight the blaze before the stability of the structure is compromised. Fire-retardant coatings can also be applied to wood, drywall, concrete, and CMU walls.
Spray-Applied Fireproofing for Structural Steel
Structural steel is not flammable, so why are we fireproofing it? At 1000 degrees, steel can lose up to 40% of its strength.At 1500 degrees, steel can lose up to 90% of its strength.
Since the average building fire reaches temperatures of 1,500 – 2,000 degrees, failure to fireproof structural steel poses significant problems for maintaining its structural integrity and tensile strength, and that can lead to collapse. Fireproofing acts as a physical barrier between the fire and the steel. Fireproof coatings for structural steel come in two forms dry- and wet-mix. Dry-mix material is blown to the spraying nozzle, where it is mixed with aerosolized water as it is applied. Wet-mix is mixed with water into a mortar-like consistency prior to being pumped to the nozzle where compressed air allows it to be spray-applied. Since dry-and wet-mix have similar applications and performance, which application is used varies depending upon several factors, including hourly fire rating, thicknesses to achieve that rating, environmental conditions (climate control), weather exposure, and durability to withstand impact.
To address each scenario, fireproofing materials are offered in low (commercial), medium, and high density.
Fireproofing damage happens all the time as a result of new builds and renovations. If your fireproof coating damage has left areas uncovered, or if coatings have cracked, the team at Kaloutas will determine the proper material and method for patching and deliver a result that allows construction to continue without delay, in accordance with fire codes.
In mixed-use buildings, occupancy classifications dictate Fire and Building code requirements, including fire-rating, insulation, and noise reduction/transmission. Design teams must utilize a variety of strategies to separate residential, commercial, storage, utility, or parking areas. Among considerations such as space, aesthetics, and performance, teams must also ensure the approaches to achieving these goals are compatible and well-integrated. Otherwise, you end up with project hangups and delays. For example, by using spray-applied fireproofing, you can accomplish the goal of fire-rating. But to achieve the insulation rating (R‑value) and noise reduction (NRC), some methods will adversely impact the performance of the fireproofing. At Kaloutas, we use fiberglass-based, spray-applied thermal-acoustical insulation that is compatible with most fireproofing products. These thermal-acoustical products are designed to deliver insulation R‑values and acoustical noise reduction in tandem with fire-resistance materials. The final result is effective, code-compliant, and aesthetically pleasing.
Effective Industrial and Commercial Fireproofing
Kaloutas is experienced applying customized fireproof coatings in numerous facilities across industries, including:
Hospitals & Nursing Homes
Schools & Universities
Restaurants & Hotels
Retail & Mixed Use Spaces
Apartments & Condos
Warehousing and Distribution
Controlled Lab Environments
To work with a company that takes safety seriously at every level, call Kaloutas.
Our teams can assess your fireproofing needs, design the correct product for your project with manufacturer support, and professionally install the material chosen, so the final result meets all code and manufacturing requirements with a visually appealing finish.
We serve commercial and industrial facilities in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Contact us or call 978−532−1414 for your fireproofing estimate today.