How Intumescent (Fireproof) Coatings Work
In every industrial space or workplace, safety needs to be an utmost priority. Fire poses one of the greatest threats and dangers to any factory, mill, or warehouse. Fire safety measures are playing an increasingly vital role for property owners across the country. ELCO Painting applies specialized fireproof coatings as critical protections for your industrial and commercial buildings, and the people and equipment inside them.
Intumescent coatings are made of special binders to promote adhesion between paint and substrate, flame retardants that diminish flame spread, and other reinforcing materials that enhance the performance of the coating. As intumescent coatings are heated, they decrease in density and increase in volume. This change creates an ever-expanding layer of insulation that keeps the coated material cool despite increases in the temperature of the external environment. Additionally, the flame retardant characteristic of intumescent keeps this coating from catching fire itself. This is not a feature of many other wall, ceiling, and floor coatings. All of this helps to extend the amount of time a surface can be exposed to extreme temperatures before the structure’s integrity is compromised.
Intumescent Coatings Protect Multiple Surfaces
Intumescent coatings offer an effective and pragmatic solution for fire protection. These cost-effective coatings protect the various elements of industrial buildings from the damaging effects of open flames and elevated temperatures. Intumescent coatings are commonly used on structural steel and can be used on a variety of other building materials (concrete, wood, etc.) in order to maintain the integrity of a structure until the fire is extinguished.
There are a variety of benefits offered by intumescent coatings. They are reasonably easy to apply and maintain, and impressively versatile in their application to a variety of materials. The coatings are generally highly durable and resistant to steel corrosion, which works wonders in promoting a surface’s longevity. Additionally, intumescent coatings are available in a variety of colors for visual appeal. Many industrial buildings are required to apply these coatings for safety. Due to their technical nature, these coatings should be applied by professionals following industry standards and guidelines.
Why Choose ELCO Painting for Intumescent (Fireproof) Coatings?
If you’re looking to protect your factory, mill, or warehouse from fire damage, the industrial painting contractors at ELCO Painting have the skill and expertise to meticulously apply the right intumescent coating for you. We are experienced at fireproofing facilities, equipment, ceilings, and roofing across multiple industries. If you have sustained fire damage, we can recommend abrasive blasting to remove char and assess the condition of the surface underneath. We are ready to partner with you for greater facility safety through effective industrial painting and facility maintenance. Don’t leave your industrial site or commercial building vulnerable to fire damage. Contact ELCO Painting for your fireproof coatings estimate today.