Intumescent coatings, sometimes called intumescent paint, are used in buildings to slow the destructive power of fire. Intumescent paint can be applied to exposed structural members as an aesthetically pleasing fireproofing product. Other intumescent products like firestopping putty is used to protect openings and gaps from fire, preventing it from spreading. It is important that all intumescent products are applied correctly to work as intended. (Pesada Painting has been properly applying Intumescent products since they were invented and have been in business since 1975)
High temperatures from fire expand Intumescent coatings protecting whats underneath. Some intumescent products will expand to over 100-times their initial thickness. (See Video) This expansion acts as in insulator as the paint or coating loses density and keeps the high temperatures from damaging structural members prevents the fire from speeding to other areas.
Intumescent coatings are required by law throughout Canada on and around many industrial and commercial structures. Therefore, Architects must understand their local requirements when determining where protection is needed and when selecting the type of intumescent product to be used. When not required by law, going beyond code requirements for safety is never a bad idea. For this reason, many decide to add intumescent coatings to their buildings for extra peace of mind. Intumescent coatings save more than just buildings, they provide extra time in many cases for people to escape.
Call Pesada Painting for application of all your Intumescent and fire proofing coatings and paints. They are happy to answer any questions you might have including a free estimate.