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. Painting intumescent onto your walls and pipes will give you time to contact the fire department to eventually put it out. 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 intumescent paint comes in contact with fire, it creates carbonaceous char, which acts as a layer of insulation that prevents the flames from spreading quickly. Studies show that this material will expand to about 50 times its normal size when exposed to heat. To get maximum protection, it is of utmost importance to apply intumescent coatings multiple times on your structure. For every coating that you put on, you get a half hour to one hour of valuable time before the flames consume all of your building. The great thing about this kind of paint is that most visitors will not even know that it is there. Aside from being odorless and colorless, it is safe for pets, foods, and humans.
How to Apply It
Ask just about anyone in the construction business, and they will tell you that intumescent paint is nothing new. In fact, it has been around the block for a while. You will find that it is easy to paint it on your structure as well. Just get out your roller brush and start slathering it on your wall or your pipes. However, since the building inspector may require you to demonstrate that the paint has been applied properly, you are better off hiring a professional to do this for you. 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 Coatings 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. Among the many factors that you have to take into consideration are the steel pipes’ weather exposure, steel type, how near it is to water.
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 intumescent paint, and have it act as a form of passive fire protection.