5 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Replace Your Fireproofing
Fireproofing is crucial for all buildings because it can save many lives when these materials delay the spread of fires. Your contractor did an excellent job installing a building-wide fireproofing of each room, and it was a worthwhile investment that gave everyone peace of mind and raised your property’s value.
Unfortunately, fireproofing materials can degrade and fail over time. The average fireproofing and insulation material have an average lifespan of 25-30 years. If your fireproofing materials are already at this age, we highly suggest working with professionals to remove your old insulation and replace it with a new one.
Here are five convincing reasons why you should replace your fireproofing.
As a fireproofing material, spray polyurethane foam is sprayed onto a surface and expands quickly to cover the surface completely. Its high thermal conductivity dissipates heat very quickly. However, this performance, unfortunately, degrades over time.
Within 20-30 years, spray polyurethane foam can degrade in its capability to protect rooms and retard fires. While old materials can still handle a fire, it’s wiser to use new fireproofing materials because of their capacity to handle the situation more efficiently.
Moisture damage can occur when the open-cell spray polyurethane foam is exposed to moisture for an extended period of time. The polyurethane foam can absorb moisture from the air or be affected by condensation. When the foam absorbs moisture, it changes the chemical composition of foam. If the humidity level of the surrounding air is high enough, moisture damage can occur even if the foam is not exposed to water.
The foam will lose its strength and shape and will fail prematurely, which affects its fireproofing capabilities. Closed-cell SPF performs much better against moisture than open-cell foams, but they have an average lifespan of 25-30 years and cannot fill in gaps as the latter does effectively.
The R-value, or the measure of resistance to heat flow, is the number of minutes during which a particular material can be exposed to a flame without igniting. Spray polyurethane foam has an R-value between 3.6 and 6.2, which makes it an excellent fire retardant. Freshly installed SPF that hasn’t grown beyond one year has a higher R-value versus older SPF materials.
Speedy Replacement Procedures
Certified and highly-dependable SPF applicators can perform removal and replacement procedures within weeks. With the best set of equipment and their decades of experience providing the service, they guarantee that your entire building will be fully functional after its fireproofing boost.
Affordable Services From Top-Notch Applicators
Many SPF applicators all over the city are competing against each other when it comes to performance and dependability. With this in mind, you have a high chance of finding an SPF applicator offering a very competitive rate versus their competition.
If you have yet to find a reliable SPF applicator for your project, you can always count on us at Ener Spray. Our decades of experience in the industry guarantees that you’ll get the best results for all your SPF application needs. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.