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USI Fireproofing Contractors
If you are in the construction industry and looking for a reliable company for your fireproofing needs, there are several good choices for you to consider. You can choose from a spray applied fireproofing, a SFRM, or a qualified SFRM Fireproofing Contractor Program.
Spray applied fireproofing
Spray applied fireproofing is a process that is used to protect rigid structural elements in buildings. These include steel joists, beams, and columns. It is often made from cement and mineral wool.
The process is done by using a high-volume airless sprayer. The material is usually delivered in a dry bag. For exposed structural steel, it is a commonly preferred method for protection.
Fireproofing is critical to the safety of your building’s occupants. If you have installed fireproofing, make sure that it meets testing requirements. In addition, it must be repaired after other construction has taken place. When it is time for enclosing construction, it is important to wait until the fireproofing is complete.
To meet the requirements of the IBC code, the bond strength between the fireproofing and the substrate should be at least 150 psf. This requirement has been retained for high-rise structures.
During the World Trade Center tragedy, many of the beams and columns were covered with spray applied fireproofing. This product is highly durable and provides superior thermal performance. However, it is not recommended to use it in areas that are subject to high humidity.
SFRM is a fireproofing method
Spray applied fireproofing is used to protect structural elements in buildings from thermal expansion. It’s also used to control condensation. While there are several fireproofing methods, spray applied fireproofing is one of the most popular.
Most building codes require fireproofing of structural steel. SFRM is a type of fireproofing material that is made of gypsum, cement, and carbon black. These materials are applied in wet or dry spray formulas.
When using SFRM, it is important to adhere to the manufacturer’s recommended application techniques. Often, the material is delivered in a bag or tamper-resistant container. During the curing process, SFRM can be damaged.
The best place to apply SFRM is to a protected area. This is because the vapors produced during the curing process can be hazardous. In addition, the moisture from the SFRM can cause mold growth.
Several manufacturers offer SFRM products that can handle both high and low humidity. These can be very helpful in areas with extreme weather conditions.
UL’s Qualified SFRM Fireproofing Contractor Program
In 2007, the National Fireproofing Contractors Association (NFCA) and Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) established the UL Qualified SFRM Fireproofing Contractor Program to provide an integrated approach to contractor qualifications. NFCA members provide spray-applied fire-resistant materials, while UL provides testing, certification, and audit services.
The NFCA’s SFRM Handbook provides detailed information on the fireproofing process. It is used as a study guide during the NFCA Fireproofing Education Program.
To qualify for the NFCA SFRM Fireproofing Exam, you must first complete the NFCA’s Fireproofing Education Course. You must also pass the written exam. Once you have passed the exam, you are qualified as an NFCA Accredited SFRM Contractor.
During the installation process, SFRMs are installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Depending on the design, they are troweled, applied by hand, or spray applied.
SFRMs are tested for adhesion and cohesion. They should be applied in a safe working environment. An SFRM contractor must have trained and qualified staff.
A special warranty protects SFRMs. If a contractor fails to apply the SFRMs successfully, the SFRM manufacturer agrees to replace or repair them.
USI believes in excellence in every step of the process
USI is one of the top insulation installation companies in the United States. The company has a variety of products that are available for residential and commercial applications. Some of the products include insulation, fireproofing, gutters, windows, and doors. Its operations cover 38 locations in thirteen states. These include high growth areas such as the Southwest and the Mountain West.
Founded in 1998, USI has grown through organic growth, as well as acquisitions. Recent additions to the company include Cardalls Insulation, Smith Insulation, Diamond Glass and Mirror, and Silver State Specialties. This has helped diversify the company’s product line, and has contributed to its continued geographic expansion. In 2017, the national insulation market was estimated to be approximately $13.6 billion.
As a member of the National Fireproofing Contractors Association, USI is committed to excellence in every step of the fireproofing contracting process. Among the organizations goals is to develop standard practices, improve the proper use of industry products, and provide educational programs.