Intumescent Fireproofing for Commercial & Industrial Building Projects

During a fire, exposed steel can start to weaken at temperatures as low as 600 degrees. By adding a simple fireproofing layer, the time it takes to weaken the steel can be extended by hours, allowing building occupants to evacuate to a safe location. Intumescent coatings are a great way to protect structural steel, providing up to a three-hour fire rating, depending on the application.

At Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing, we’re pleased to offer our clients some of the best intumescent fireproofing products available, as well as professional installations that ensure the job is done properly.

Our company has served the Southeast and South Central regions of the U.S. since 1982, from San Antonio, Texas, to Miami, Florida, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and beyond. Our experienced personnel are happy to help with all your fireproofing, waterproofing and commercial insulation needs.

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What Are Intumescent Coatings?

Intumescent fireproofing products look and apply similarly to paint. They’re a thin-film coating that can be sprayed or rolled into place, and then they can be color-matched to nearby surfaces using a compatible topcoat of paint. Unlike traditional fireproofing, such as cement-based products, intumescent coatings are thin and blend well with surrounding materials.

During a fire, intumescent coatings will start to char and expand, creating a thick insulating layer over the structural steel that provides anywhere from a one-hour to three-hour fire rating, depending on the brand and application specifics.

With good looks and superior protection, intumescent coatings are a great option for any structural steel in a commercial building, especially steel visible from the interior.

Are you considering an intumescent coating for your facility? Contact Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing to determine the right one for your needs and budget.

The Benefits of Intumescent Fireproofing

Intumescent coatings offer effective fireproofing without wrapping things like steel columns or beams in thick, rough-textured, cement-based products. This maintains the original look of the building while providing additional fire safety.

With a high-quality intumescent coating from Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing, you can expect these benefits:

  • Improved protection from fire: When intumescent coatings are exposed to temperatures from 390 to 480 degrees, they start to expand, creating a layer of char that acts as insulation. This protects the steel from heat deformation, which can begin in temperatures as low as 600 degrees.
  • Increased safety: When steel beams and columns have an additional one to three hours before they start to weaken, the building occupants have more time to evacuate. This can help improve safety and prevent injuries.
  • No thick, bulky coatings: Sprayed fiber or cementitious fireproofing adds a thick, heavy coating that can hide architectural details and may look unattractive. Intumescent coatings are applied in thin layers like paint, allowing the shape and structure of the steel to stand out.
  • A generous fire rating of one to three hours: When intumescent coatings char and expand, they trap air to act as insulation. This can slow the transfer of heat into the steel during a fire, adding valuable time before it weakens and fails.
  • Compatibility with many paints for a color-matched topcoat: Intumescent coatings can be painted so the surface matches the rest of the building or provides contrast. And due to the coating’s thin application layers, all the architectural details will stand out.
  • Fast, easy installation: Intumescent coatings can be sprayed or rolled on like standard paint. This minimizes application time and creates great-looking results.

Contact our team at Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing today to learn more about what makes intumescent coatings ideal for commercial spaces.

Intumescent Fireproofing Installation

It takes an experienced installer to apply intumescent coatings evenly and consistently for the best possible protection from fire. We have over 35 years of experience installing fireproofing products, and by choosing our team for your installation, you can expect long-lasting, professional results. We’ll prepare the surfaces properly, apply the intumescent coating and make sure it cures correctly.

Our company serves all types of businesses and commercial facilities, including:

  • Restaurants
  • Retail stores
  • Banks
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Industrial facilities
  • Office buildings
  • Apartment complexes
  • Government buildings
  • Sports venues
  • And more

Contact our team today to request a quote for an intumescent fireproofing installation from your nearest Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing location.

Why Choose Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing for Intumescent Fireproofing Services?

At Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing, we’re committed to the safety of our clients, and we’ll make sure your intumescent coating is installed properly for the greatest protection during a fire. Our company features experienced, friendly personnel who will work diligently to meet your needs, and we offer superior service, integrity and value with every visit.

Contact us today to find your nearest Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing office and schedule an intumescent coating installation for your business.


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