Eco-friendly, lightweight, durable, and fire-resistant. Metal panels come with a multitude of benefits. However, one of these benefits is oftentimes misunderstood: a metal panels ability t to resist heat and flames. In order to fully grasp how metal panels can be a superior choice in terms of safety, one must first understand the different fire resistance ratings and capabilities of metal panels themselves.
Building Code Requirements
Safety is number one, which is why building and fire codes have been developed that determine which degree of fire resistance is required based on the situation, building type, and conditions. In the end, every wall within a structure should provide some degree of fire resistance. This gives people enough time to safely evacuate in the event of a fire. An added precaution would be choosing a material which can also help contain the fire. Preventing the spread throughout the building or neighboring structures. When planning for your structure, be sure to identify what the minimum fire resistance requirement is for your exterior and interior walls to be sure you are complying with all legal codes.
Ratings Are Based on Testing
To establish whether or not a wall meets a particular fire resistance rating, a fire test must be conducted in an independent laboratory. For IMPs, that means a manufacturer needs to submit full-size product samples to a lab, which will then carry out a standard test. The procedures and standards are intended to be the same for all similar materials to ensure an accurate fire resistance rating for each. When the products undergo the designated heat and flame under uniform laboratory conditions, then they can be classified based on how well they performed. Some products, for example, may survive the test long enough to qualify for a 1- or 2-hour rating. Others may only qualify for a 30-minute rating before succumbing to the fire.
Selecting A Fire Resistant Metal Panel
Insulated metal panels use thermoset foam cores. These cores don’t melt and have a high degree of fire resistance. With increasing demands for structures that combine contemporary aesthetics, energy efficiency, and safety, insulated metal panels are an effective choice.
Insulated metal panels offer superior fire resistance, protecting a structure’s assets and keeping people safe. Are you considering retrofitting your building with metal panels? Contact our qualified team of professionals at 519-451-7663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.