Tips To Buying A Fire Rated Expanding Foam

December 13, 2013 by
Filed under: Fire Protection 

fire expanding foamFire can destroy property and can cause fatalities all around the world when a building or home is set on fire. When this happens it can be hard for people to escape in time especially when smoke or noxious gases flood the rooms within minutes. With the invention of Fire Rated Expanding foam such as ABESCO® Fire Rated Expanding Foam – FP200 it can provide you and your employers with enough time to escape unharmed. But how do you choose the right fire rated expanding foam that will work best for you? Here are some simple tips to buying a fire rated expanding foam to help saves lives and property damage.

Tips To Buying An Expanding Foam

Fire Resistance Rating: The first thing to look for when purchasing the expanding foam is its fire resistant rating. This rating is done by the standard testing process and would not be sold without it. Choosing one that features a 2-4 hour or more fire resistance rating is beneficial because it provides a longer time-frame of protection against a fire outbreak. This may mean the difference between life and death of someone trying to get out.

Excellent Adhesive Properties: Another thing to look for is the foams adhesive properties. This is important as it will be placed in many areas that may defy gravity. One that doesn’t offer high adhesive properties may fall from walls or ceilings over time causing a breach in your barrier which will let smoke and toxic fumes through. High adhesive expanding foam such as the ABESCO® Fire Rated Expanding Foam – FP200 lasts for long periods of time allowing for optimal protection each and every day.

Fast Expanding Time: A fast expanding time is also important when it comes to choosing one for your property. When exposed to heat, the foam is designed to expand rapidly. Purchasing one which offers a fast expanding time will reduce fire spread to each level or room allowing for increased time for workers or people to escape.

Water Resistant: Lastly it can be beneficial to purchase an expanding foam which offers resistance against water or moisture. This is beneficial for areas where indoor fire sprinkler systems exist and which may cause problems with protection if the foam is not water resistant.

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