Do you have materials or supplies that need extra protection against fire damage? Consider storing them in metal buildings, or using metal paneling to add extra layers of protection to your most vulnerable goods.
When it comes to defending against heat and fires, metal structures have some of the best resistance around – and they come in a multitude of different sizes, shapes, and levels of complexity to fit nearly any business or private need.
Why Is Fire Resistance So Important?
If you have sensitive goods to store or protect, the importance of fire resistance is obvious. Clearly, the longer a building can withstand flames, the more time emergency response teams have to put them out and keep your materials safe. Files, microfilm, servers, product inventory, and many other items can benefit from such protection.
Fire resistance also has an important legal aspect. A certain amount of innate fire resistance may be required for insurance purposes or local regulations, depending on the type of business or building you have.
Choosing fire-resistant materials is a vital step in meeting fire codes and legal requirements, which require that whole buildings or particular walls resist fire for a specific amount of time.
How Do Metal Buildings Protect Against Fire?
When examining how metal buildings offer such competitive fire resistance, it is important to note what materials they typically replace.
Choosing a steel building, for example, replaces traditional walls with steel components that are naturally noncombustible. While steel can char and eventually melt, its melting point (around 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit) is very high compared to traditional materials. If flames approach a steel wall, it will resist them for far longer than relatively flammable wood siding or vinyl shell, which will quickly melt.
Metal rooftops offer a similar type of protection. During an outdoor fire, traditional rooftops can catch the blaze from wind-borne sparks and embers that then get trapped on roof tiles. Metal rooftops are unfazed by such sparks and will withstand fires more readily.
What Ratings and Components Should I Look For?
Look for the hour ratings that steel buildings or panels offer. Ranging from one to four hours, this rating shows how long the material resists fire, and usually matches local fire codes.
Insulated steel panels tend to have much higher resistances than corrugated or simple steel parts. You can also install steel panels on a single wall or other structures to increase the fire resistance of specific areas.
With this kind of information, you are ready to pick out the right buildings or components to protect your goods. Invest in the right type of fire resistant structure, don’t forget to add sensors to detect smoke or heat, and don’t get caught with your guard down.