Fire Retardant Performance
Our fire rated stock is pressure impregnated deep into the wood to provide permanent protection, unlike coatings, which only provide superficial protection.
When our treated wood is exposed to fire, non-combustible gas and water vapor are produced, and a layer of protective char forms, which hinders combustion and insulates the wood against further damage.
Our interior fire-retardant treated wood has a low rate of fuel contribution and heat release, and it maintains structural integrity longer than other building materials such as steel. Consequently, fire damages and repair costs are minimized, resulting in reduced insurance rates.
Fire Retardant Advantages
- Construction with fire treated wood requires no special tools or skills.
- Fire retardant trusses and roof decks often qualify a masonry wall building as “non-combustible” for insurance purposes.
- Our fire treated stock can often be substituted for non-combustible materials without affecting building classification.
- Use of fire retardant wood partitions instead of untreated partitions often allows for an increase in square footage and lower insurance rates.
- The use of fire retardant wood roof decking is usually accepted in lieu of parapet walls in multi-family dwellings.
- Even when sprinklers are mandatory, the use of fire treated lumber can further reduce fire insurance rates.
- Fire retardant lumber is commonly accepted by building codes for partition walls, store fronts, fixtures and roof construction in shopping centers.