Firestopping is the use of UL systems to prevent the spread of fire and smoke from one area of a building to another. Typical areas of concern include the bottom and top of wall assemblies, edge of q-decking, and penetrations where pipes, wires, and vents travel between rooms or units.
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While firestopping is always required when a building has fire-rated walls/ceilings, it’s rare for architects to detail a specific fire-stopping method or material that must be installed. Training is invaluable for choosing the best product for an application, passing inspection, and reducing labour and material costs.
There are many types of firestopping methodologies and products available today as detailed below.
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Firestopping trends today point toward installing preformed materials versus making or applying materials.
Manufacturers offer compressible intumescing foam strips that are much quicker to apply than sprays or caulks for firestopping dynamic and static head-of-wall, bottom-of-wall and wall-to-wall fire-resistive joints. Pipe penetrations, there are preformed sleeves and collars that can save job labour costs.
Firestopping is the process of sealing openings and gaps in a building’s construction to prevent the spread of fire and smoke. Here are three firestopping procedures:
Fire-rated sealants: Fire-rated sealants are a common method of firestopping that can be used to seal joints and gaps between fire-rated walls, floors, and ceilings. These sealants are designed to expand when exposed to high temperatures, creating a barrier that helps prevent the spread of fire and smoke.
Fire-resistant coatings: Fire-resistant coatings can be applied to walls, floors, and ceilings to help prevent the spread of fire. These coatings can be applied to structural steel, concrete, and other building materials to provide protection from the effects of fire.
Fire-blocking materials: Fire-blocking materials are used to prevent the spread of fire and smoke through concealed spaces, such as in walls or floors. These materials are typically installed during construction and are designed to block the movement of flames and smoke through small gaps and openings. Examples of fire-blocking materials include mineral wool insulation, fire-resistant caulking, and fire-resistant foam.
Our experts pride themselves on providing General Contractors with firestop specialists capable of handling every project. Our experienced team is associated with FCIA, and we can handle all scopes of fire-stopping.
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