Life safety plays an important role in the design of buildings in today’s modern construction. Sprayed on fireproofing systems provide a cost effective approach to meet the hourly ratings required by local building codes and insurance companies. Fireproofing systems provide up to a four hour rating on structural members helping to prevent steel from collapsing during a fire. Fireproofing is a passive form protection that is always ready to protect the steel and ultimately lives in the event of a fire. Passive systems are constantly in-place versus active systems, such as sprinklers, that are required to activate before they perform.
Spray-applied fireproofing products are the most common types of fireproofing materials. Spray-applied fireproofing can either be cementitious fireproofing (typically gypsum based, wet mix formulation) or sprayed fiber fireproofing (mineral wool fiber with a portland cement based binder, dry mix formulation). Spray-applied materials come in standard density for concealed applications and medium or high density for exposed applications where the fireproofing is constantly subject to abuse and/or moisture.
Intumescent coatings are becoming an increasingly popular way of achieving a fire rating on exposed structural steel. Intumescent fireproofing are thin film coatings designed for exposed applications where appearance is of primary importance. This fireproofing comes in solvent and water based formulations and provides up to a three hour rating on beams and columns. These coatings can be used for both interior and exterior fireproofing applications providing the owner and architect with an aesthetically pleasing way to fireproof structural steel. The product can be top coated with a tinted coating to match almost any desired color.
Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing has been in the fireproofing business since the early 1980s. We have fireproofed projects throughout the Southeast (from Virginia all the way to New Mexico), Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing has a separate fireproofing division, staffed with industry experts, to provide budget pricing, timely and competitive quality bids, code assistance and solutions to any of your fireproofing needs. Our field organization is made up of highly trained applicators that specialize in installing fireproofing materials. Rely on Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing for you next fireproofing project.