How Fire-rated Panels Ensure the Safety of Commercial Buildings
As a business owner, you want to do everything possible to protect your employees, assets, and building. Even if you only lease commercial space, it’s important to take preventative measures.
Some examples include maintaining the right insurance, putting in surveillance cameras, providing frequent training, staying compliant with current laws, and installing fire-rated panels. Especially in a commercial building, fire can spread quickly and cause significant damage and even loss of life.
Selecting the Appropriate Fire-rated Panel
However, you need to choose a product that’s designed and proven to work. Without question, Durawall panels rank among the best. To better understand how this particular fire-rated panel ensures safety, it would help to understand its construction.
This is an innovative system built around a panel using steel-faced composite material. It features a non-combustible structural high-density mineral fiber core. One of the unique aspects of Durawall panels is the edges. Not only do these connect easily with a male/female joint, but they also create a tight fit that is is fire resistant.
As a bonus, this fire-rated panel is easy to install and uninstall if you need to relocate a wall. So, if you move your business to a different location, you can dismantle the panel and then reassemble it. The panel is also UL-and ULC-listed, provides up to two hours of protection, and works as a non-load bearing fire separation.
Special Considerations When Buying Fire-related Panels
One of the most important things to know is that every commercial building is unique. That uniqueness includes square footage, ceiling heights, shape, and the construction materials used.
Of course, the type of business, or the occupancy classification, is another huge factor. If your company deals with combustible materials, you need the highest level of fire protection possible. All of these things determine how fast a fire spreads and, therefore, the amount of damage it does.
A fire-rated panel such as Durawall works to keep a fire contained until first responders arrive. Again, working to separate fire from other areas of the building gives people time to escape and prevents major damage from occurring to both the interior and exterior of the building.
You can use these Durawall panels as interior fire separations or for exterior walls. These panels have a thermal efficiency with R ratings up to R-23. Also, Durawall doesn’t contain any ozone-depleting potential materials, making it environmentally friendly. It is also free of hydrochlorofluorocarbons and completely recyclable.
Protect Your Business
For this specific fire-rated panel or one of the other Durawall panels available, contact us at DuraSystems. One of our representatives will help you make the right choice based on your specific concerns and needs.