As a homeowner, we are always concerned about the safety of life of the loved ones and property. Home is a place where we need to feel safe and make memories. In such a case it is mandatory on our part to understand what kind of material can and cannot be used for construction. The advancement of technology and tireless search for scientist has resulted in the new building material that is safe for usage and part of sustainable development.
Fire retarded laminate is one such material that you can consider for construction purposes. So let's understand what fire retarded laminate is, how it is made and where it is used.
What is fire resistant laminate?
Laminate comes in various types based on the manufacturing process. Fire retarded laminate is one such type that is treated with fire-resistant chemicals at the time of manufacturing. Including fire retarded chemicals in the manufacturing process makes it better at the fire resistance. Fire retarded laminate can also be called as FR grade laminate which is used popularly in fire prone areas.
The chemicals present in the laminate ensure that fire does not spread fast on the surfaces. The treatment with fire resistance chemicals is one the best way to protect wood and wood products. The use of fire retarded laminate has been increased because of its safety feature.
Qualities of Fire Retarded Laminate
As mentioned earlier this type of laminate is treated with fire-resistant chemicals at the time of manufacturing. Hydrogen phosphate is one such chemical that is used in treating the fire retarded sheets and making it fire resistant. This type of laminate gives them better-fireproofing qualities such as the lesser tendency to spark and ignite.
Further, the chemicals present in laminate increased the time required for the fire to penetrate the surface. They also result in the low smoke generation and slow spreading of fire on the surface.
Feature of a Fire Resistant Laminate
1. When using fireproof laminate it is important to make it water resistant to increase its life span. Fire retarded laminate is highly used in the kitchen area where moisture content is high; hence they need to be water resistant.
2. Laminate is very light in weight. They can be easily carried and transported to the construction site.
3. In addition to this, a fire retarded laminate durability can be increased by making its termite resistance.
Uses of Fire Retarded Laminate
The application of fire resistant laminate is unlimited. A fire retarded board popularly used in making the kitchen cabinets. The reason being the cabinets are in close proximity to oven and stove, which are the starting point of fire in most cases.
If money is not concern fire retarded laminate can be used in making wood products form tables, shelves and wardrobes. Fire retarded laminates play a vital role in controlling the spread of fire.
Apart for the above usage fire resistant panel boards are used in making furniture, cabinets and etc that can be found in places like hospitals, airports, hotels and banks that are prone to fire hazards. In conclusion it can be said that using fire retarded lamination provides a protective layer to the core material and also contents the spread of fire.