Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing specializes in installing firestopping systems, including fire-rated joint assemblies, intumescent fireproofing, perimeter fire containment and smoke- and fire-rated through penetrations. Our extensive knowledge and training allow 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 the “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 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 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.
As a certified firestop contractor, Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing can provide pre-construction consultation and design support to ensure that the proper firestop systems are chosen and incorporated into the project’s life safety plans.
Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing’s firestop contractors are experienced and trained to provide a single-source approach to firestopping on your next project. Hiring a firestop specialty contractor will reduce your overall liability exposure, reduce costs and streamline the documentation process.
Alpha Insulation & 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 six locations that have been evaluated by Underwriter’s Laboratories Inc. and found to comply with the UL Qualified Firestop Contractor Program. Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing is also an FM 4991 approved firestop contractor, as deemed by the FCIA.