Benefits of Fireproofing Your House
Life never goes perfectly according to plan. Growing up, you probably heard the saying “when life throws you lemons, make lemonade”. Unforeseeable accidents and natural disasters can happen at any time, and and to any person. When your home is affected by a fire or flood, it’s impromptu nature can leave behind catastrophic damage- to your home, and to your belongings. Fire disasters in particular can cause lots of damage, as they can easily spread from home to home in your neighborhood. Fortunately, there are ways to fireproof your house so that you can minimize and in some cases avoid serious damage to your home.
Asbestos insulation was often used several decades ago to fireproof houses. However, with the recent knowledge of the danger of asbestos, it is best to turn towards alternative methods for insulation. Mineral wool insulation is one of the best and oldest types of insulation used to fireproof your home. Glass wool withstands heat up to 230-260 °C, stone wool up to 750-850°C, while ceramic fibre wool can protect against heat up to 1200°C. Another alternative would be the eco-friendly option — cellulose insulation. Boric acid treated recycled paper is placed around electrical boxes with gaps to allow fire to pass through.
After insulating your home, you can also install fire-resistant roofing, decking, framing, doors and windows. For roofs, recycled-rubber tiles, metal tiles, clay tiles, slate, stone, and fibre cement are all great options. You can also use heat-reflective glass that prevents heat from entering your home when there is a fire outside. In general, fibreglass based materials offer great fire resistance. But for some homeowners who prefer the look of natural wood, there are also certain types of wood that can be treated with fire-resistant chemicals. Aside from reinforcing your house on the outside, you should also consider using fire resistant carpeting because wool and synthetic carpets can burn and spread very easily.
Not only will fireproofing you house control the spread of the fire, it will also control the emission of harmful smoke. High exposure to smoke can cause serious health issues if it enters your home. Even for a short time, people may experience irritation, nausea, and temporary lung dysfunction. Too much smoke can eliminate oxygen, and lower your chances of survival, so fireproofing your house is obviously an integral step to ensuring you and your family’s safety. As a bonus, some heat insulation materials also provide sound insulation. So if you want to enjoy a get together or party in your home, you won’t get a knock on your door from your neighbour.
Fireproofing your home is critical- not only to protecting your house, but also to protecting the health of your family. If you have more questions about which materials you should use to fireproof your home, feel free to book an appointment with Matrix Remediation. We have had many years of experience in fireproofing houses and offer reliable, expert services with competitive prices. Contact us now at 1-888-885-8683, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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