Structural Steel Protection
Current regulations require certain elements of the building structure to have fire resistance. Fire resistance testing on structural steel members have shown, that by incorporating a proprietary fire protection system and structural steel protection, we can increase the ability of the structure to resist fire.
Boarded Fire Protection Systems
Boarded fire protection systems offer a non-combustible and cost efficient method of providing up to 240 minutes structural steel fire protection. As the original means of affording structural fire protection, this method has seen major developments in the types of boards available today.
Boarded fire protection systems can be durable, resistant to water and beneficial to acoustic performance. Certain fire boarded systems are able to accept decorative applications, such as paint or plaster, providing an aesthetic finish without the need for further preparation.
- Cost efficient
- Up to 240 minutes structural steel fire protection
Intumescent Paint Systems
Thin film applied Intumescent paint is a fast method of providing up to 120 minutes structural steel fire protection to steelwork. Intumescent coatings provide an appearance similar to that of paint, with basic to high gloss finishes now available. At ambient temperatures Intumescent paint systems remains stable. However in a fire condition, the increase in temperature activates a chemical reaction, which then causes the intumescent coating to expand many times its original thickness.
This expansion provides an insulating foam-like coating or “char”. It is this “char” that provides the fire protection to the steel work which, in some instances, can be up to 50 times its initial applied thickness. Therefore, secondary casings applied to the steel members must allow for expansion to ensure the intumescent paint system performs correctly.
- Fast method
- Up to 120 minutes structural steel fire protection
- Appearance similar to that of paint
- Can expand up to 50 times its initial applied thickness