Structural Steel Protection

tructural steel is often an overlooked component of your property but is ultimately one of the most important parts of your asset. Due to its concealed nature, it’s easy to not think about it once the construction process has been completed. Thankfully, structural steel is designed with this in mind, needing little in the way of maintenance throughout the life of the building. However, this is a double-edged sword, because while structural steel is designed to be set up and forgotten about if the correct care isn’t taken during the construction phase to ensure that it is protected against fire, you may not only be risking the destruction of your asset but the people that reside inside the building too.

In order to make sure that your structural steel is protected from all scenarios, it is important to team up with the applicators. Intumescent coatings is your best defense against fire. In order for them to work to their full potential, careful care needs to be taken to ensure that they are fit for purpose throughout the life of your entire project. Their inclusion needs to be considered right from the design stage of the building, and their implementation needs to stand up to all the elements that your structural steel will meet along with its lifespan. There are two different instances where your steel will be put to the test, during the construction process and once the build is complete.

Intumescent coatings are designed to expand when they come into contact with a certain heat threshold. This expansion is caused by a chemical reaction that creates a bubbling char that insulates the steel and protects it from softening in the event of a fire. This incredible process is extremely effective, but if the incorrect selection of coating is used, the integrity of the protection can be compromised. This may happen from the environment that is created during the construction – from exposure to climate and weather changes to processes in the building process such as water being used to cut concrete, watertight.

Worker applying white fire protection paint to steel building frame

The long-term environment of the building also plays a vital role in the longevity of the intumescent coating and structural steel. For instance, a climate-controlled office building provides a far different ongoing environment compared to a chemical manufacturing plant.

There are a huge number of factors and potential intumescent coating combinations to ensure that your structural steel is being kept safe throughout the entire lifespan of the building, from construction, through to completion, and then ongoing use. In order to keep your property safe from fire, it is important to take care of your structural steel right from the start and choose a highly experienced team to ensure that the right measures are being taken to look after the longevity of your building. Tech Passive Fire are Auckland’s experts at intumescent coatings and passive fire protection to protect your structural steel from fire hazards. We work with you to ensure that your project is set up for success and you can rest assured that the experts have made sure that your intumescent coating is applied correctly for the life of your building.

For more information about protecting the structural steel of your building, get in contact with Tech Passive Fire today!

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Build fire rated bulkhead box (Framing work and fire rated GIB lining)

Construct Fire rated wall/Ceiling. (Build up framing and install FR GIB lining)

Concrete Drilling/Cutting and grouting

Intumescent paint for steel

Duct wrapping and lagging

Penetration sealing and treatment

Helping existing buildings comply with the new Passive Fire Requirements

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