Commercial Firestopping in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Providing Superior Firestopping Solutions Since 1982

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Any commercial or industrial building in the Dallas-Fort Worth area needs effective firestopping solutions to compartmentalize the building and contain a fire to a single area if a fire breaks out. This limits the damage the fire can cause to the building while protecting the occupants in other areas from the dangerous gases a fire can create.

Firestopping systems typically consist of three major components:

  • Cables, cable trays, conduits, ducts or pipes that provide utilities to the building
  • The fire-rated walls, partitions, floors or ceilings that utilities must pass through
  • The methods and materials used to seal the penetrations and compartmentalize the fire

To give your Dallas building the best protection from fire, choose Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing to design and install the firestopping solutions at your facility.

Founded in 1982, our company has decades of experience and the technical expertise to ensure safe, high-quality results that comply with all NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and local codes. Your safety is our top priority, and our firestopping solutions will be customized to meet your facility’s needs and delivered on time and on budget.

Contact our experts today to learn more about our firestopping systems and how they make your Dallas business safer.

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What Is Firestopping?

Firestopping essentially seals off one room from those surrounding it, using materials like caulk, foam, mortar and insulation to seal penetrations and joints in the walls, floors or ceilings. During a fire, this keeps the flames, heat, smoke and poisonous gases contained to that room, preventing their spread to adjoining areas.

An effective firestopping system is essential to the safety of the building and its occupants and is required by federal, state and local building codes. At Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing, we stay up to date on all the NFPA and local codes to ensure your building meets the highest standards for safety and code compliance.

Passive vs. Active Fire Protection

There are two basic categories of fire protection for a commercial building:

Active fire protection: Systems in this category take an active approach to put out the fire, stop its spread or alert building occupants to danger. This can mean things like dousing the fire with water or sounding an evacuation warning. Active fire protection systems include fire sprinklers, fire alarms, fire suppression systems, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and more.

Passive fire protection: Passive fire protection helps slow the spread of a fire or protect critical structural components. Passive systems include firestopping, which compartmentalizes the building and keeps the fire contained, as well as fireproofing, which helps structural components like beams or columns last longer before weakening during a fire, allowing more time for safe evacuation.

Types of Firestopping for Your Dallas-Fort Worth Building

When you need proven firestopping materials and techniques for a residential high-rise, commercial or industrial building in Dallas, talk to Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing. We’re one of the leading providers of firestopping systems in the Dallas area, and we partner with top manufacturers to provide the highest-quality products for our clients.

We offer a variety of firestopping materials, including:

  • Caulking and sealants: Used to seal the penetrations for ductwork, pipes and cables, as well as the joints at the intersection of surfaces like doors, walls, ceilings and floors, these high-temperature caulks and sealants are typically made from acrylic or silicone. They’re ideal for filling small gaps that allow smoke and gases to pass.
  • Insulation and fire blankets: Thick layers of flame-resistant material like fiberglass, mineral wool or high-temperature foam that can seal large openings or fill cavities in walls or ceilings. Insulation and fire blankets prevent the spread of heat and flames but are less effective at containing smoke and gases.
  • Mortars: Made from a base of gypsum or cement, mortars fill the gaps in concrete or masonry surfaces or the joints between them. They prevent the spread of gases, smoke, heat and flames in block, brick, stucco or stone walls, as well as the expansion joints in concrete slabs.
  • Intumescent coatings: Applied like paint, intumescent coatings will char and expand with heat, creating an insulating layer that allows structural components like steel beams or columns to withstand fire for longer before failing.
  • Collars: Made from a combination of steel and high-temperature or intumescent materials, these collars are installed on pipes, appliance flues or ducts to seal the pipe opening and keep heat, gases and smoke from passing to adjoining rooms.

Choose Alpha to Be Your Certified Firestopping Contractor

Let the Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing team improve your commercial facility’s safety and resilience in the event of a fire with our proven firestopping services. Our company has over 40 years of experience, and we feature reliable, trustworthy technicians who will deliver quality products with industry-leading customer service and support. The Alpha team is also trained on proper firestopping installation procedures and best practices by top manufacturers like Hilti and Specified Technologies, Inc. We have six locations that have been evaluated by Underwriters Laboratories for their Qualified Firestop Contractor Program including here in Dallas.

We’re proud to serve businesses throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth areas, and we provide uncompromised honesty, integrity and value for our clients.

Call today to schedule a consultation for firestopping services.

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