What is Intumescent Fireproofing?

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Professional painting companies offer it. Fireproofing companies sell it. But what does "Intumescent Fireproofing" mean to a customer who is not familiar with such a technical term? Basically, IntumescentFireproofing is fireproofing that consists of a thin, paint-like finish that is durable and can be applied to any interior walls and/or steel beams. This is unlike the traditional fireproofing one sees - the bulky off-white or tan material in ceilings that chips or cracks over time, ultimately decreasing its effectiveness. Below are some benefits of choosing to have Intumescent Fireproofing installed by a professional.

1.    Required training and certification
Any professional wishing to apply Intumescent Fireproofing is required to complete a training program and subsequent certification process that meets federal code. The program covers product and application training in conjunction with regulatory and code compliance knowledge. In order to earn certification, professionals mustperform field applications and provide an Application Certificate for every completed project. For more information on Federal Code see, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA), World Trade Center Building Performance Study: Data Collection, Preliminary Observations, and Recommendation.

2.    Functional Benefits
--Fire Ratings up to 2 hours: Intumescent is a water-based substance that swells as a result of heat exposure, thus increasing in volume and decreasing in density.

--Strong adhesion and durability: Because intumescent is a lighter weight per surface area and evenly applied with a commercial grade airless sprayer, it adheres to the walls or beams without peeling or chipping over time.

--Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) and odorless: VOCs are unstable, carbon-containing compounds that readily vaporize into the air. When they enter the air, they react with other elements to produce ozone, which causes air pollution and a host of health issues including breathing problems, headache, burning, watery eyes and nausea. Some VOCs also have been linked to cancer, as well as kidney and liver damage.

3.    Visual Benefits
Although the Intumescent Coatings cannot be tinted to a color like paint and it requires a primer for applications on raw steel it is flat white in color, similar to a primer, which means it can be top coated with paint to match surroundings, thus being simultaneously functional and aesthetically pleasing. Although painting over the Intumescent Coating is permitted, it is recommended you use a water-based paint. Any professional painting service should provide a list of compatible primers upon request.

Overall, this new innovation in fireproofing gives the customer the opportunity to fireproof structural steel and other interiors faster and is more cost effective while maintaining the streamlined look of a fresh coat of paint.

The painting and coatings specialists at Streamline Painting, Inc. have been delivering exceptional service to both residential and commercial clients all across the Denver metro area. Their expert team of supervisors and painters Denver are dedicated to answering all your questions, addressing any issues and finishing every job with precision. Streamline Painting is also one of the few companies in the Denver area trained and certified to install Intumescent Fire Proofing. For more information on Streamline Painting, Inc., please call 720-232-9954 or visit www.StreamlinePaintingDenver.com.

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Questions To Be Asked To Identify Bad Contractors

If you are thinking of remodeling your home, there are things that you have to consider. Some homeowners often resort to hasty decisions to help them have a quick fix. However, you need to remember that getting hasty will let your time and effort go to waste.

Rather than looking for the cheapest contractor or hiring the first contractor that you have come across, it is a must to ask the right questions. Asking the proper questions upfront will help you get rid of bad contractors that will only get money from you but cannot deliver great service. Surely, there are different questions that you need to ask before choosing a contractor.



Here are some of the questions that you need to ask to find the contractor that will suit all your needs:

  • Ask about a contractor’s business history – You have to know if a certain contractor has a wide range of great services. First off, you need to know a company’s business experiences and practices with the type of remodeling project that you will require. You also have to know the type of procedures and guidelines this particular contractor would follow to meet all your demands.

  • Ask them if there are providing written contract – You have to know that all throughout the process, misunderstandings might happen. People tend to forget sometimes, which is why contract will help both you and the contractor know the things to expect from both parties. You also need to know that every job, regardless of how big or small it is, should have a detailed written contract between the customer and contractor.

  • Ask how much money to be paid – If your contractor demands a full payment of your remodeling project, it is time to look for another one. Any upfront deposit that is not reasonable is the first sign that there is something wrong with a contractor. You should know that only a third of the total cost of the project shall be paid up front, another one third when the project is about 50% complete and the remaining one third once the project has been completed.

  • Ask a contractor if you can get along – Of course, for a project to be smooth-flowing, you need to get along with your contractor. Establishing a good relationship with the contractor can help both of you to work harmoniously. Always consider a contractor that is easy to get along with.


The tips mentioned above will help you to get the best contractor that can help you in home remodeling. Always make sure to protect yourself from nightmares of choosing bad contractors by taking advantage of the tips included in this article.

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