Winter is peak season for heating-related structure fires due to the increased use of heating equipment. Since colder temperatures result in longer operating time, there is more opportunity for that equipment to cause a fire. Therefore, being prepared for a fire, regardless of what industry you work in, is crucial to the integrity of your building and the safety of its occupants. One services that will help prepare your facility for a fire is fireproofing services.
What Is Fireproofing?
Fireproofing is an important component of a building’s complete fire protection, and is a requirement for most commercial buildings. Even buildings built entirely from metal and concrete need protection. Therefore, making sure that your facility and its infrastructure have some degree of resistance to fire is crucial. Fireproofing is also required by law and is enforced through various fireproofing codes at the local, state, and federal levels.
How Does is Work?
Fireproofing is a method used to protect steel structures for a given period of time-or rating. These materials have been designed to help protect building structures, materials, etc. from a fire. It is a form of passive fire protection to keep the integrity of the building strong during a fire emergency. Typically, the fire-resistance rating is 1-4 hours.
Applying the appropriate fireproofing system to certain structures allows them to have a fire-resistance rating. So how do you know which fireproofing system to use?
Fireproofing Installation Applications
- High-Rise Product
Steel-framed high-rise buildings, as defined in Chapter 2 of the 2012 International Building Code (IBC), must be protected with Applied Fireproofing that is capable of achieving minimum bond strength requirements (established in IBC Table 403.2.4). LSS Life Safety Services has an array of fireproofing products to meet these demands. All while delivering superior thermal performance, durability, and cost-effectiveness.
- Commercial / Low Density
The family of Commercial Density Spray-Applied Fire Resistive Materials, designed to cover a full range of concealed fireproofing environments. Often referred to as Low-Density SFRM, this comprehensive product line includes both Dry and Wet Spray products. Each product has its own distinct uses and advantages.
- Medium Density
Medium Density SFRMs designed to cover a full range of exposed, high-traffic applications. Durable portland cement-based formulations provide exceptional physical performance which meets or exceeds industry in-place performance standards. Our Medium Density product line includes both Dry and Wet Spray products, each with distinct uses and advantages.
- High Density
High-Density Spray-applied Fire Resistive Material (SFRM), the most rigorously tested product in the industry. Particularly designed to cover a full range of applications requiring superior thermal performance and exceptional durability.
- Intumescent Coatings
This family of thin-film water-based Intumescent coatings provides designers the flexibility to showcase exposed structural steel. The product line allows designers and architects to obtain a smooth, aesthetically pleasing, and durable finish. Along with the required fire protection, while allowing them to realize their visions in steel.
- Rigid Board
Rigid Board is the ultimate fireproofing problem solver. Significantly, overcoming a wide range of challenges including out-of-sequence construction phases, space constraints, freezing weather conditions, and construction roof traffic.
LSS Fireproofing Services
LSS Life Safety Services® performs a wide range of life safety services such as fireproofing and fire rating materials for both commercial and industrial applications. We are able to fire-rate structural steel, decking, tube steel, tank legs, and vessels. LSS is an approved applicator for the
fire-resistant products by Isolatek & Cafco.
LSS has the ability to fire rate unconventional substrates such as wood joists, fiberglass panels, plaster walls, spray applied foam, tin ceiling panels, upgrade gypsum systems, and many more assemblies for the commercial building industry. Not to mention, we can aid in choosing the correct and most cost-effective method of fire rating a structure or component.
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