Passive Fire Protection
Passive fire protection is critical to the overall fire engineering design of a building. Few things are more fundamental to the fire safety of a steel framed building than the fire protection of the structural skeleton since failure can lead to the premature collapse.
Intumescent Coating and Boarding Services
We offer intumescent coating and boarding services. Intumescent paint coating (fireproof paint) provides fire resistance to structures and open elements. We are experienced at applying intumescent fireproofing paint in industrial and commercial structures. If accounted for early in a project, effective passive fire design reduces delays during construction and can also lead to significant cost savings.
Checkmate Fire provide Intumescent Paint applications and various Board systems to meet any structural fire protection or acoustic requirements. In 1992, for instance, Checkmate Fire were chosen by Balfour Beatty to 4-hour fire protect fibre optic cables within the Channel Tunnel.
Intumescent fireproofing paint coating provides protection to open elements and structure steel. Provides protection to interior or exterior steel structure. For commercial and industrial fireproofing.
Intumescent Paint is applied directly to the contour of primed I and H section columns, angles, channels, beams and hollow sections to provide fire protection for up to 120 minutes*.
How does intumescent paint work?
In a fire, a chemical reaction takes place causing the paint to expand and form an insulating layer which slows the temperature of the steel rising to a critical level.
Steel starts to lose its load bearing capacity at a temperature of around 550°C during a fire. Intumescent paint is designed to protect the buildings main structure in the event of fire.
Choosing the right solution
When specifying intumescent paint, it is important to consider if the protected steel surface is going to be seen, or whether it is going to be covered up upon project completion.
For any intumescent coating to work correctly a charring distance must be left around all coated surfaces. We recommend a minimum of 50mm clearance to allow the product to undergo the required chemical reaction under fire conditions, which provides the insulating layer for the steel.
ASFP - Structural Protection Video
This video considers the methods available to protect steel structures from the effects of fire.
Boarding is one of the best-known methods of Passive Fire Protection, and has undergone astonishing advances over time. Today we have access to a wide variety of materials that can be used in Protective Boarding Systems, depending on the individual needs and requirements of the project at hand.
The Highest Standards
Checkmate Fire offer structural steel fire protection tested to the highest standards to complement fire safety objectives for both life safety and property protection.
Fire Protection is a moral and legal requirement to ensure the safety of people. Contact us today about your project and see how we can help.