The Basics of Fireproofing With Spray Polyurethane Foam
Fireproofing is the act of adding a coating to an item or structure to make it less flammable. Fireproofing is typically applied to heavy materials, such as concrete, to be less susceptible to heat. Contractors can do this by dipping the material in a fireproof liquid before it is completely dry or applying a liquid fireproofing agent after the material has been constructed.
SPF is a perfect material to use in these circumstances because of its efficiency and dependability. Learn more about SPF and fireproofing with it below.
What is Spray Polyurethane Foam?
Polyurethane foam, or polyfoam, is a type of insulation sprayed into cavities in the building to fill the gaps and crevices. It is also used around windows and doors. The foam expands to fill in any cracks or gaps, sealing them so that air cannot leak out. This property stops the cold air in the winter or hot air in the summer from seeping in.
Spray polyurethane foam is effective for fireproofing because it is a fire-resistant material. It is not combustible. It will not support combustion. The foam does not melt, drip, or give off toxic gases.
Fireproofing and SPF
Spray foam is vital in fireproofing a building because, in the event of a fire, the foam will expand to seal off the gaps in the building. This capability will prevent smoke and heat from getting into the building.
However, incorrect SPF applications can cause it to expand and ineffectively seal off these gaps. Doing so allows the fire to pass through and possibly burn down the property without any way to seal them off.
Typical SPF Fireproofing Applications
Columns and Beams
You can apply SPF to a column that is encased in concrete. Then, you can seal it with SPF and other fire-resistant compounds. The same application process applies to beams.
Wood and Flammable Plastic Structures
Spray foam creates a solid barrier between the wood and plastic structures and any heat source. You can spray it in equal amounts on all surfaces of the roof. Take note that you’ll be forfeiting the materials’ aesthetics in exchange for fire resistance and durability.
Can Fireproofing Drive Down Property Insurance Costs?
If you recently had fireproofing work done on your home, you may see a decrease in your premiums because this would increase the property value.
Fireproofing is a hazard covered by most building insurance. Therefore, insurance companies will definitely drive down your premiums because of the less perceived risk involved.
Why Use SPF For Most Structural Applications?
SPF offers a lower cost per square foot when compared to other building envelope products because the material is very low-density and has a high insulation value. As a result, contractors can use it in thinner-material applications. Additionally, there is no need to provide an air gap, which results in lower installation costs.
You can always count on us at Ener-Spray to provide you with top-quality fireproofing services using greatly affordable yet effectively dependable spray polyurethane foam products. Our well-trained professionals have earned their certification in using the material and equipment involved for your peace of mind. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.