Every workplace, building, and business needs sufficient protections in place in the event of a fire, and doing everything possible to prevent a total building collapse is an imperative part of that. This is why employing the use of intumescent paint on your property is so vital, but what exactly is intumescent paint, and why do you need it?

What is intumescent paint?

The purpose of intumescent paint is to increase the amount of time that a structural load, such as a steel beam, would last in the event of a fire. Intumescent paints are an example of what are referred to as “reactive paints”. This means that when the paint is subjected to extreme heats, it will react.
When exposed to temperatures exceeding 120℃, the paint will start to swell up to 50 times it’s original thickness, or “intumesce”, and form a protective carbon layer. This is vital for protection against fire as it helps to thermally insulate the material it is protecting, which maintains a safe temperature for a certain amount of time, be it 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes.
Due to their availability and relative affordability, intumescent paints are the most commonly found form of passive fire protection for steel beams. They are also very simple to implement when compared to other forms of fire protection, as they can be applied with a brush or spray machine.

Why do I need it?

During a fire, it is of utmost importance that a building’s steel structure is adequately protected so that it does not reach its critical fail temperature. If the temperature were to reach that level, the steel would enter a state known as “Plastic”, whereby it would buckle and even bend, which could lead to a building’s total collapse.
That is where intumescent paint comes in. As the paint acts as an insulator for the material that it is protecting, it is key in preventing it from reaching the temperature at which it would lose its structural integrity.

Now that you know how vital intumescent paint can be in keeping your building safe and standing in the event of a fire, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us and get a quote right away. For more information about our elite fire protection, take a look at our blog.