Alpha Insulation and Waterproofing specializes in the installation of firestopping systems, including fire-rated joint assemblies, perimeter fire containment, and smoke and fire rated penetrations. Our extensive knowledge and training allows us to provide our clients with a full service solution to all of their firestopping needs, as we are certified by several leading manufacturers and third party organizations.
Fire containment is a primary concern for building designers and owners as the control of fire, smoke, and poisonous gases is a critical component of the overall life safety plan of the structure. Typically, a combination of active (fire sprinklers and fire alarms), and passive (firestopping and spray fireproofing) fire protection systems are necessary to meet the stringent building code requirements that govern the design, construction, and occupancy of buildings.
Firestopping is a passive fire protection approach that relies on “compartmentalization” of various building components, including fire-rated walls, joints, and floors. The goal is to prevent the spread of fire within a building by properly “sealing” every opening, penetration, and joint that is part of the fire-rated assembly in order to maintain or achieve the designated fire resistive rating.
A common misunderstanding of firestops is that certain materials have specific fire ratings. On the contrary, firestop materials are only a single component of the overall firestop system, which has been tested by UL or other third party testing agencies. The firestop assembly includes all of the building components required to achieve or maintain the specified fire resistive rating.
Alpha Insulation and Waterproofing can provide pre-construction consultation and design support to insure that the proper firestop systems are chosen and incorporated into the project’s life safety plans.
Alpha Insulation and Waterproofing is experienced and trained to provide a single source approach to firestopping on your next project. By hiring a firestop specialty contractor, you will reduce your overall liability exposure, reduce costs, and streamline the documentation process.
Alpha Insulation and Waterproofing can provide all of the submittals, certifications, identification tags, and installation logs that can be collated and turned over to the owner in a single package upon substantial completion of the project, minimizing the confusion that often occurs when multiple trades are responsible for their own firestopping installations.
We have received specialized training and certification by several leading manufacturers of firestop materials, including Hilti and Specified Technologies Inc. (STI), and have achieved independent certification by Factory Mutual as an FM 4991 firestop contractor.