What is fireproofing?
In residential and commercial applications, fireproofing is used mainly to cover polyurethane spray foam or any other form of insulation or polystyrene and thus provide a fire resistance of 10 minutes as required by the National Building Code. The fireproofing material will be applied mainly on walls and in crawl spaces, delaying the combustion of flammable materials during a fire.
How can fireproofing protect my property?
For example, a structure made of steel which is not protected by fireproofing can lose at least half of its resistance when exposed to extreme heat caused by a fire. This could cause a collapse of the structure and therefore the entire building. Proper fireproofing executed by a team of experts will protect the structural integrity of the building and limit the damages.
The advantages of fire insulation
There are many advantages to fire insulation. In addition to limiting the damage caused to a home during a fire, it can have a positive impact on a homeowner's home insurance costs. Fire insulation also acts as a thermal insulator while providing some soundproofing, making it an attractive and profitable investment over the long term. This type of insulation is also highly durable.
Fireproofing: an Isolation Multi-Services expertise
The experts at Isolation Multi-Services have many years of experience in fireproofing commercial buildings and residential properties. Our expertise allows us to bring you a wide range of flame retardant materials. Trust the experts at Isolation Multi-Services for your fireproofing project in the greater Montreal area.
OUR FIREPROOFING PRODUCTS
CAFCO 300 - 400 - M2
Considered to be an innovative product and one of the more efficient ones on the market, CAFCO 300, 400 and M2 offers the best fire resistance as a function of thickness out of all types of plaster-based flame retardant agglomerate on the market. Ideal for steel structures, ceilings and walls, it can also be used on concrete. This product is mainly used in commercial construction projects.
Monokote Z-3306 is a Portland1 cement based thermal barrier coating designed to be applied on polyurethane and polystyrene foams. Durable and resistant, it provides protection against heat and fire with a delay of 10 minutes. Furthermore, it meets all the requirements specified by building codes and insurance companies.
All these products can also act as thermal insulators. This is an advantage particularly when installed under the roof because they reduce heat loss, thereby increasing the R value, which may thus allow a reduction of roof insulation.
1 Portland cements are hydraulic binders. When adding paste (cement, air and water) with aggregates (sand and gravel, crushed stone or other granular material), it acts as a glue and binds together to form aggregates like stone or concrete.
CAFCO Blaze-Shield II
CAFCO Blaze-Shield II is the only inorganic product that can be used on the outside of a building during its construction under extreme weather conditions. Furthermore, in addition to its efficiency of application, it provides thermal and acoustic properties. Made of Portland1 cement, it is applied directly on the coating of steel beams and columns or on concrete surfaces that must be concealed during an extended construction period. This product has a high content of recycled building materials and offers excellent durability. Since it requires no pre-mixing, the labor costs for installation are reduced, making Blaze-Shield II the most economical flame retardant in its class.
DEMILEC DC 315
DC 315 - 15 Minute Thermal & Ignition Barrier on Spray Polyurethane Foam; applied over Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF), is an Alternative Barrier System in “Section 2603.9 Special Approval” as a thermal barrier. To be approved as an Alternative Barrier System, DC 315 is applied over a manufacturer’s SPF and tested to the criteria of an NFPA 286, UL 1715, UL 1040, or FM 4880 for duration of 15 minutes by an accredited fire testing facility. Products that pass an ignition barrier tested under AC 377 Appendix X are not appropriate alternative thermal barriers and cannot be used. Depending on your particular application, either ignition or thermal barriers are required by the International Building Code (IBC).