Investing in commercial property costs a lot of money which is why protecting it should be on top of your priority list. All your money can go down the drain in a matter of seconds if proper safety measures aren’t taken.
Even the smallest fire can quickly wreak havoc if not contained or extinguished fast enough. There are many different types of active and passive fire protection solutions and a professional can help you determine which one is right for your business. One such solution is applying an intumescent coating to your walls.
Benefits of Intumescent Paint for Fireproofing Your Building
Intumescent paint swells significantly when exposed to heat (250 degrees Celsius), providing a low-conductivity layer. The paint offers insulation and keeps the fire away from the building’s structure. Intumescent paint can be solvent-based or water-based, both containing large amounts of hydrates to help cool down the temperature.
Can Be Used on Various Surfaces
Using intumescent paint is highly beneficial since it can be used on many different surfaces like softwoods, hardwoods, fibreboard, chipboard, melamine, brick, stone, plaster, metal and concrete.
Not only is intumescent paint an excellent fire retardant, but it’s also pleasing to the eye and can be incorporated by designers to enhance any space. Additionally, it also prolongs the structural lifespan of steel.
The truth is, a fire can break out at any time. The most common causes for fires in commercial buildings are damaged electrical wires (due to a rat infestation), human error (food forgotten in the microwave or a smouldering cigarette thrown into a paper bin) or improper installation of electrical appliances. The key is to prevent it as far as possible by creating awareness and offering training. Also, by taking preventative measures like intumescent paint on your walls.
For more information about protecting your business from fire damage, get in touch with FSD today!