KC Spray Foam & Coatings, LLC is an Olathe company that specializes in commercial and residential fireproofing. We focus on Spray-Applied and Intumescent Fire Resistive Materials for your fireproofing needs. Since we are in Olathe, Kansas, we proudly serve the states of Missouri and Kansas, focusing on the 80-mile service area around Kansas City. However, we will travel further for larger fireproofing projects.
Fireproofing is crucial to any building whether it be residential or commercial. Fireproof ratings usually come in hourly ratings, usually somewhere between 1-4 hours. What this means is that the fire proofing material must protect the building materials for the given hour rating to allow the firemen time to get people out of the building safely. The hourly rating depends on many factors such as, height of the building, use of the building, and how close the building is to other buildings.
Fireproofing is commonly found on structural steel framing, columns, beams and floor decking. Keep in mind that steel framing can lose over half its strength once it reaches 1,000 degrees. So, if there is a fire, think about all the weight of the building above pushing down on the steel frame when it loses strength.
KC Spray Foam & Coatings, LLC can help fireproof your house or commercial building through two different techniques each with their own unique advantages. Whether you need Spray-Applied Fire Resistive Materials, SFRM, or Intumescent Fire Resistive Materials, IFRM, we have the fire resistive materials to help your house or commercial building.
Spray-Applied Fire Resistive Materials, SFRM, has thermal, acoustical properties, and controls condensation. The main use is to insulate steel and metal decking from high temperatures found during a fire. It is cost-efficient, quick, and highly effective. Spray-Applied Fire Resistive Materials is cementitious materials made from Portland cement or gypsum-based materials. The spray applied fireproofing is mixed with water and sprayed onto the surface. This technique is used as part of a building’s passive fireproofing strategy. Thickness can depend on the surface and the desired hour rating of the surface.
Intumescent Fire Resistive Materials, IFRM, is a coating that swells up when heated, thus protecting material underneath or sealing a gap in the event of a fire. If you have seen the firework snakes you light which subsequently char and expand, it is basically the same principal as the intumescent fireproof coating. Intumescent Fire Resistive Materials is sprayed into place with special high-volume airless sprayers. They are installed to certain millimeters of thickness in accordance with the hourly rating. Some IFRM’s could be installed to over 500 mils thick. To put this in perspective, normal copy paper is about 8 mils thick. You will generally see IFRM’s in lobbies or atriums of commercial buildings where the structural steel is exposed for aesthetics.
KC Spray Foam & Coatings is a member of National Fireproofing Contractors Association. Our applicators are factory trained by Carboline, one of the largest and most respected fire proofing manufacturers in the industry. We can handle large multi-story fire proofing jobs to small repair patching jobs. Per code, building owners must inspect fireproofing annually. Please give us a call so we can inspect your project today!