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The Fire Ratings of Metal Building Systems
The Fire Ratings of Metal Building Systems
Investing in a building is a big commitment on many fronts. From weighing the financial cost against the possible return on investment to evaluating exactly what features you need your building to possess, the process of designing a building, taking the plunge, and purchasing it is sometimes monumental.
With so much time, money, and resources poured into your building, one of your primary concerns is the safety of the said building. Beyond being the embodiment of the above, it also houses your valuables, whatever they may be. Whether it’s your livelihood, your hobby shop, or some of your prized possessions, protecting your building is vital.
When it comes to the destructive power of fire, there are a few other natural events that can challenge it. That’s why choosing a building with a proper fire rating is so important. Metal buildings from Coast to Coast Carports feature fantastic fire ratings, making them an excellent choice. Read on for more about steel building fire ratings!
The Proven Performance of Steel Building System Fire Ratings
Metal building fire ratings are some of the best in the building industry thanks to the design behind such buildings and their unique natural traits. Steel buildings perform well across the board when it comes to fire ratings, meaning that they are well-rounded in terms of fire resistance, protection, and so forth. For more on fire ratings and how steel building systems excel, read on!
Area and Height – Buildings are limited in their allowable area and height. This is especially true of certain building categories, including retail buildings, education buildings, and more. Traditional wooden buildings often face stricter size restrictions than metal buildings, putting them at a distinct disadvantage comparably. In order to match the allowable sizes of metal buildings, wooden buildings must be fire-protected—an expensive process.
Fire Protection–All buildings must meet fire protection requirements. These requirements change based on several factors, including the location, occupancy, and use of the building. The requirements for fire-resistance ratings actually decrease when risk is lower. So, a wooden structure (which is highly combustible) has a high risk and strict requirements, while a metal building (which is not nearly as combustible) has lower risk and fewer requirements.
Fire-Rating Materials–Building materials are rated according to their fire resistance and other related characteristics. From gypsum wallboard to spray-on materials, there are numerous options when it comes to applying fire-resistant materials to your building. Even the materials used in the construction of your building, from the screws to the supports, factor into fire-rating. Metal building systems are naturally fire-resistant and are easy to add even more fire-resistant materials to.
Non-Combustible–If you assumed that combustible construction materials make fire ratings worse, you were right. That’s why steel buildings have such an innately positive fire rating—they are constructed almost entirely from steel, which is extremely combustion-resistant. Of course, this doesn’t exempt metal buildings from the required fire protection codes, but it does provide metal buildings with a tremendous advantage over their wooden counterparts.
UL Ratings–Formulated by the Metal Building Manufacturers Association, the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) ratings are the industry standard for testing the fire resistance of columns, joints, roofs, and walls. Steel buildings excel in these tests time-after-time, giving them a proven track record of performance. As the requirements for these tests continue to change and evolve, metal buildings have consistently performed very well, ensuring that their fire-resistance is no fluke and they will continue to provide fire protection even as standards are elevated.
Buying a Fire-Resistant Steel Building
Protecting your building and the valuables inside of it is an integral part of maximizing return on investment and avoiding any unfortunate situations and the complications that can arise from them. That’s one primary reason that buying a steel building from Coast to Coast Carports is such a wise investment.
As an added bonus, Coast to Coast Carports is the best manufacturer of metal buildings in the United States. From its superior quality to its unmatched customer service, Coast to Coast Carports simply outshines the competition and makes the customization and buying process exceptionally easy. For more information or to experience the Coast to Coast Carports difference, simply call today on (866) 681-7846.