Fire Retardant Paints
Buildings are prone to unforeseen fire accidents that lead to massive destruction of high-value property that is not fully covered in insurance. Due to the need to curb such incidents, various companies have developed new technology resistant to fires.
It is quite an excellent idea as you are sure of your home’s safety regardless of the price you have to pay to purchase the paint.
What are Fire Retardant Paints?
These paints are designed to provide extra safety in a building by preventing the spread of fires. These paints are highly recommended for commercial spaces and are used for residential purposes too.
How Does Fire Retardant Paint Work?
Fire retardant paints work by either:
- Stopping fire spread
- Slowing fire spread
- Reducing the intensity of the fire
- Reducing the amount of smoke from a fire
The coating turns into a compact foam hence reducing the rate of heat flow in a specific material. It delays temperature rise and loss, thus acts as an insulating layer over the building.
Types of Fire Retardant Coats
Just like regular paints, there are a variety of fire-resistant paints in the market today.
The most common types are oil-based paints, water-based paints, and epoxy-solvent base. All these compounds have a minimum fire spread rating of 1-2 hours.
Additionally, the painting can be applied on gypsum, wood, and some on foam and plastic surfaces.
TIP: Water-based paints are the easiest to clean
Method of Application
While for regular paints, you need a roller or a brush for the process, in the case of fire retardant paints, you need a sprayer with an extension on the paint gun and a rotating tip for superb results. It allows you to apply the paint some distance from your surface.
You can use a brush to touch up the sections for neater results.
The lifespan of Fire Retardant Paint
The most recurring question among homeowners on this subject is how long it is likely to last on a surface. Since there are different brands of the same from varying companies, each brand has its lifespan. Some last up to 6 months, others 9 months, and other types can stay up to 2 years.
It is much easier to walk into a store and purchase regular paint. However, in the case of fire-resistant designs, you must seek the guidance of an experienced professional. Otherwise, you will end up making a big mistake.
On the good side, do not be alarmed because we got your sorted at Brightstar House Painters. Our professional painters are experienced in their job, and with their high-level expertise, you will get the best out of your fire retardant paint. Go ahead and call us now at (240) 449-1736 and let us discuss your project.
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