What Is Structural Steel Fire Protection?
Passive fire protection materials provide insulation for steel from the impact of high temperatures generated during a fire.
They can be split up into two types: reactive and non-reactive. Reactive involves the use of thin-film intumescent coatings, whereas, non-reactive solutions include sprays and boards.
The Benefits Of Steelwork Protection
There are many benefits associated with PFP for steel surfaces, and this includes the following:
There is only one place to begin, and this is with the safety benefits. Unprotected steel frames can typically resist fire for around 15 minutes.
Industry fireproofing requirements for structural steel demand that this resistance period is increased significantly. The length of this period can vary, based on the purpose and the size of the building.
For example, for an office that exceeds 30m in height and has sprinklers, the fire resistance period must be at least 120 minutes.
Ultimately, having a protective coating in place can help to make sure that fire is contained and the spread is minimised as much as possible so that industry regulations are met and safety is increased considerably.
Effective surface preparation and uniformly coated protection for every steel component ensure quick construction.
The building in question will meet the current fire and atmospheric corrosion regulations in the UK. Plus, as this is a quick and effective solution, it won’t slow down the remaining construction tasks. As the steel is going to be protected from corrosion, clients do not need to worry about the elements slowing them down either.
Simplified Servicing Installation
People worry that having a protective system implemented will be complicated and delay the construction process considerably.
However, steel paint coatings and alternative coating systems are efficient and effective, offering simplified servicing installation.
Protecting coatings can protect steel from weather, which is a continual issue for any sort of structure. As steel is susceptible to corrosion, which also makes it highly combustible, any sort of weather can have a big impact.
Acid rain, in particular, can speed up the corrosion process, as the acid and the metal react. This is another reason why a protective coating is a must.
There are many reasons why construction professionals champion the use of steel, including the fact that it is ductile, flexible, versatile, quick, light in weight, durable, strong, and adaptable.
Of course, as is the case with any sort of material, there are always going to be drawbacks. In the case of steel, it is the fact that corrodes quickly that is the problem.
However, by using a protective system like the one mentioned, individuals can make sure that they are getting the very best from this material when they use it in the construction process.
Why Choose JMPFP for Steel Fire Protection?
We have many years of experience in the industry. Despite only being established in 2016, our Managing Director, John Maguire, has been working in the industry for two decades. He has overseen a lot of major projects across the UK.
John’s knowledge and expertise for passive fire protection are second to none, and this is why we are lucky to have a large number of repeat clients.
We are passionate about structural steel fire protection, and we pride ourselves on offering an impeccable service of the highest standard. Simply look at the reviews that we have received from past customers to see that this is the case.
Transparency is also at the core of our service. We’ll be honest with our recommendations, and we always provide customers with a no-obligation, free quotation for the services we provide.
We often begin our work by carrying out a survey so we can understand the effectiveness of the current fire resistance systems. After this, we will prepare a report and make our recommendations on the changes that we feel need to be made to protect the building or structure.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do All Steel Structures Need Protective Paint Systems?
Yes, steel structures exposed without any sort of protection will melt, which is why building regulations have made it essential to provide fireproofing protection for any steel surface as a safety precaution.
How Long Does Thermally Sprayed Aluminium Coating Last?
In most cases, sprayed metal coatings are going to last approximately 20 years.
How Much Can I Expect To Pay For Protection For Steel Structures?
The cost when protecting structural steel can differ considerably. This is because there are a number of different factors to consider.
For example, the company hired, the amount of structural steel that needs protecting, and the type of thin organic coating used.
Does Corrosion Protection Aid Against Fire Too?
It depends on the type of corrosion protection used. However, as corrosive materials are typically combustible and flammable, corrosion protection can offer another line of defence.