What does intumescent mean?
Intumescent paint is a form of fire retardant coatings and contributes to passive fire fighting. The term, intumescent refers to a substance which expands when it becomes subject to extremely high temperature. Therefore intumescent paints are spectacular fire retardants. In case of fire, when the temperature rises, the coating expands and its density decreases, which results in a foamy char layer. This layer insulates the coated material and does not let the heat affect it.
Intumescent paint increases safety at work
The safety at work is the responsibility of the employer, owner or landlord. They must guarantee the employees’ safety in any case, therefore also in case of fire. Fire retardant coatings are very effective in preventing damage caused by fire. Intumescent paint does not make the structures fireproof but it does slow down the burning process. The paint can give up to 120 minutes additional time to evacuate the building. The intumescent products are divided into classes by the additional evacuation time provided by them. The classes include paints that slow down the burning for 30, 60 or 90 minutes.
Benefits of intumescent paint
Intumescent paint has been subject to constant testing and it has proven to be a game changer in the passive fire prevention. The main benefit of the coating is naturally the ability to withstand fire for longer than ordinary paints. This leads protecting buildings from extensive damage and reducing injuries caused by fire due to extended time to evacuate. These coatings are getting more and more attention and their importance in fire prevention is acknowledged by more and more parties. The coatings are especially common in commercial buildings. More and more people also want the coating for their homes.
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- Tried out and tested and proved effective