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Fire-protection of structures
There is no denying the fact that wood burns. However, STEICO insulating materials exhibit some very unique properties, which makes them safer in the event of fire
- All STEICO insulating materials include a natural fire protection additive. The product used is ammonium phosphate, a mineral salt produced from combining the elements phosphorus and nitrogen. Like all of our additives, ammonium phosphate is a natural and harmless product, which is frequently used in the food industry.
- In the event of a fire, a carbonization layer quickly forms on the surface of the insulation board or mat . This carbonization, or charring, restrains the propagation of the fire and prevents the fire from rapidely burning through of the STEICO product. Many conventional insulating materials are prone to melting and ofter carry very limited fire protection. In combination with suitable finishes, fire-protection structures can be built with STEICO insulating materials, and adhere to F90 B rating (a fire would need 90 minutes in order to enter the construction).
- Unlike many petro-chemical based insulating materials,STEICO materials are organic based, and therefore will not emit toxic gases in the event of fire.
In summary: Although all wood can burn, STEICO wood products offers the highest degree of fire protection.