How Fire-Resistant Panels Are Rated
Fire-resistant panels are an essential part of any fire safety plan. They help protect openings in walls and ceilings from fire spread. Specialists evaluate panels according to their capability to resist fire and heat. Fire-rated panels have ratings based on tests conducted by independent and accredited test laboratories.
Fire-Resistant Panels and Their Uses
Fire-resistant panels are made from materials designed to stop the spread of fire and heat for a given amount of time, usually measured in hours. Many commercial and industrial buildings use these panels, and homes are now installing them as well.
Fire-rated wall panels have a finish on both sides. The material used in these panels is also important during construction. DuraSystems’ DuraWall™ panels have a high-density core made from mineral fibers with metal facing sheets on both sides.
Rating Fire-Resistant Panels in Canada
In Canada, the following are some of the agencies that determine the quality actual rating of fire-rated panels when tested to CAN/ULC S101. They make sure that all panels available in the market comply with the S101 and other test standards.
- UL is a testing and certification company that focuses on public safety. They test products and standardize for safety, among other things.
- Intertek is a non-profit organization that focuses testing and certification as well as on quality assurance. They also test fire-resistant panels to Canadian code requirements.
When it comes to fire resistance, insulated wall panels are some of the best options on the market. Panels with especially thick cores like DuraWall™ can survive up to 2 - or 3 2-hour tests, meeting the requirements of may local codes. That makes them ideal for construction projects where safety is a top priority.
Choosing the Right Fire-Resistant Panel for Your Needs
When selecting fire-resistant paneling, it is essential to consider the following factors:
- Type of building
- Size of the opening the panel will cover fill
- Level of fire resistance required
- Climate of the building's location
- Type of construction the building has
- Budget for the project
Working with professionals experienced in fire-rated panels can help you get the right ones for your needs. They can also guide you through the installation process.
DuraSystems specializes in the production and installation of fire-resistant panels. We can help you choose the right panel for your needs and ensure the correct installation. Contact us today to learn more.