Fire Protection Systems

Fire Protection Board and Intrumescent Paint are two such means for protecting the structure of a building in the event of a fire.

The application of Fire Protection Board can protect the integrity of key structural steel columns and beams for up to four hours, depending on the type and thickness used. Finished (Hard) Boards for example, made from reinforced glass board/ Calcium Silicate, insulates the steel, ensuring that the metal’s limiting temperature is not exceeded. The fact that Finished (Hard) Board is also aesthetically pleasing is an added bonus. However, if similar fire protection was required in a location where aesthetics were not important, Mineral Fibre-Board is a lightweight, easy-to-install and weatherproof alternative.

Intrumescent Paint by comparison expands when in contact with fire to form a layer of insulating foam which can provide protection from fire for around 120 minutes and can be applied to both the interior and exterior of a building. This form of fire-protection can be applied, like paint, by being sprayed, brushed or rolled onto fully exposed steel and has the added pluses of providing a decorative finish and that it is easy to apply to complex details.

There is also a range of intrumescent coatings which can be applied to exposed timber-panelled walls, ceilings, beams and columns and not only protects the timber from fire but also prevents flames spreading. However, such protection is not suitable in areas of high humidity, sources of heat or in areas where the timber is likely to experience considerable physical wear, such as floors.