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4 Effective Kinds of Fireproofing Your Property Needs

Fireproofing is an essential investment for any property. Local government units will require you to have fireproofing specialist inspections and installations. To guarantee occupant safety, you must build your property with exceptional fire-resistant materials and fireproof it.

Fortunately, fireproofing isn’t expensive. You can consult with local professional fireproofers to receive a rough quote. In addition, their inspection will reveal the best kind of fireproofing for your property. Each one of these fireproofing methods will vary in cost and materials.

Spray Polyurethane Foam

Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is the answer for property owners looking for the best compromise between weight and density. Closed-cell spray polyurethane foam is non-porous yet lightweight. These traits make it perfect for interior fireproofing because it can create an airtight seal that reinforces steel cores. 

Plus, SPF is affordable. Property owners will also enjoy its quick installation process because SPF specialists can finish spraying an entire project within 1-2 days. In addition, SPF becomes fully capable within 24-48 hours. Therefore, property owners can get the best fireproofing possible at an affordable price.

However, SPF applications can be as complex as intumescent epoxy. It requires high-quality equipment and well-trained professionals with certification. SPF applicators must undergo years of training before they can receive their applicator certification from various brands.

Normal Weight 

Property owners who need the most protective fireproofing possible can’t go wrong with normal weight concrete. This material’s manufacturers mix the same construction concrete in a specialized way that helps improve building fireproofing. The material’s mixing method passivates the building’s steel core.

However, normal-weight fireproofing is cumbersome. The material’s extremely high density of 150lbs per cubic foot can place immense pressure on the building’s structural architecture. Therefore, property owners might require more reinforcement before using this fireproofing material.

Lightweight Concrete

Manufacturers of lightweight concrete produce the same concrete mix with less density and weight. This uncommon fireproofing material weighs 75lbs per cubic foot. To achieve this weight, manufacturers use mixing methods to create a porous concrete surface.

The reduced weight does reduce installation time and costs. However, the porous surface easily introduces moisture to the building’s steel cores. Plus, it has weaker durability than normal-weight concrete fireproofing materials.

Intumescent Epoxy

This resin-based fireproofing material works like spray polyurethane foam. It effectively expands upon curing. Plus, it’s only 1/10th of a normal weight concrete per cubic foot. Intumescent epoxy expands evenly across the building’s steel cores for efficient fireproofing capability.

On the other hand, intumescent epoxy is challenging to install. Certified applicators must take their time to apply the fireproofing material effectively. However, its reinforcement is rewarding because it guarantees top-notch durability and long-lasting performance. 

If you have yet to find a dependable SPF applicator, you can always count on us at Ener-Spray. Our decades of experience and highly-trained, exceptional SPF applicators guarantee only the best results for your project’s needs. Contact us today to learn more about everything that e can do for you.