All over the world, fires destroy the livelihood of many people. It is something that you shouldn’t overlook when you start building projects.
Even though there is no such thing as a fireproof building material, there are some that are fire-resistant. These materials can’t avoid damage from fire, but it will take a much longer time for the fire to destroy them. It may not seem like much but this time that it’ll buy could mean the difference between life and death.
Many materials are considered fire-resistant. Here at Foam Products, we’ll tell you the best ones you can get to ensure your safety.
Concrete is one of the best fire-resistant building materials. It is also one of the most used building materials out there. It has low thermal conductivity, which means that fire doesn’t easily affect it. Compared to steel, it’s a lot more effective at dealing with fire. In fact, concrete is often used to reinforce steel and make it more fire-resistant.
The only downside is concrete isn’t as consistent. Concrete is made out of cement and aggregate. Since the aggregate makes up 60-80% of the volume of concrete, it plays a big role in how well it can resist fire. There are many kinds of aggregate that can be used and some of them, like the natural ones, aren’t as fire-resistant.
Brick is a building material that is very resistant to fire. It makes a lot of sense because bricks are made in a kiln, where they’re exposed to very high heat. It’s important to note that a brick wall isn’t as fire-resistant as a single brick. This is because a brick wall has to use mortar to hold it together and mortar isn’t fire-resistant. Still, a solid brick wall can resist fire for about 1 to 4 hours.
Fire-resistant glass windows
Normally, when a glass window is exposed to fire, it breaks easily. During this scenario, a glass window can be a fire hazard, causing more harm than good. Even if the window doesn’t break, the fire can heat up things inside the house from outside if your window isn’t fire-resistant.
One of the ways you can protect your construction from fire is by using tempered glass windows. Since tempered glass is heat-treated, it’s about four times as resistant to fire as regular glass. Another option is using a dual-paned glass window. Since there are two panes for the fire to break, it’ll take a bit more time before the fire gets through.
The best option you have for glass windows is wired glass. It is a kind of tempered glass that is made stronger with metal wires. The frame you use for your windows is also crucial. To get the best protection, you can use steel frames.
There are no perfect fire-proof building materials. Luckily, there are a lot of materials you can get that do a great job at delaying fire damage. Here at Foam Products, we can provide construction materials that put your fire safety above all else.