Intumescent Paint For Home Protection
Look far into the future and assess all the risks when it comes to your assets. Even if you have done everything to prevent fire, there is always a possibility of it happening. Having a coating of intumescent paint on your property can act as passive fire protection that will ultimately save you millions of dollars in property damage. More than once, intumescent paint has bought burning buildings some time while waiting for help to arrive. If you want to do things the smart way, then you will coat your properties with intumescent paint as a fire prevention measure.
How It Works
When a building that has been coated in intumescent catches fire, the result is the creation of carbonaceous char that insulates your wall or pipe and prevents it from catching fire for a certain amount of time. Studies show that this material will expand to about 50 times its normal size when exposed to heat. However, the thickness of the insulation depends entirely on the number of intumescent coatings that has been applied on the material. Each time a coating of intumescent is applied, you buy yourself half to a full hour of time before the fire eats through that particular section of the building. All your structures can enjoy this advantage without anyone else knowing that you applied this particular paint. It is colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.
How to Use Intumescent Paint
Ask just about anyone in the construction business, and they will tell you that intumescent paint is nothing new. In fact, there has been many changes over the years that has improved the formulation. It is very easy to apply, too. All it takes is your roller brush and you may start applying intumescent coatings on your structure. Unfortunately, because you will need to show compliance to building inspectors, it may be better for you and your company to hire a professional. No matter what you do, unless you are a professional who can do it himself or herself, do not attempt to do it on your own as you may come to regret it.
Intumescent on Steel
Having intumescent paint on your load-bearing steel pipes also helps in keeping the building intact when there is a fire. You see, when fire gets to the steel pipes, it can raise its temperature to the point where it loses all its load-bearing qualities. When this happens, the building falls apart. Just like intumescent wood applications, you need to consult with an expert about the kind of intumescent paint necessary for your steel pipes. There are many factors to consider when applying intumescent coatings on pipes like its proximity to bodies of water, exposure to the elements, the type of steel, and many more.
Of course, in the end, no matter how much intumescent coatings you slather onto your wall or pipes, you cannot expect it to stop a fire completely–only to slow it down. The best you can do is to take preventive measures and make sure that it does not happen in the first place. One great way to do this is to coat your structure with fire retardant paint, and have it act as a form of passive fire protection.