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Cast Epoxy vs Thin Film Intumescent

With well over 20 years experience in the intumescent fire protection industry we've had the opportunity to see the long term results of using cast epoxy intumescent in contrast to thin film intumescent from a practical and aesthetic frame of reference. Below we present anecdotal evidence for our findings.
cast epoxy vs thin film
13 years after installation
Cast Epoxy Intumescent still going strong
No compromise on aesthetics
nor on integrity and longevity
Developed, manufactured and installed
by Interact Structural Fire Protection
Now let's look at thin film intumescent paint.
Thin film intumescent applied to columns
can develop problems over time
They receive superficial repairs
but to what specification?
Even after expensive repairs
water ingress reappears
After expensive repairs were carried out by the paint manufacturer, the problem of water ingress reappeared, and so we understand that a complete secondary cladding system has recently been installed, at great expense, to conceal and protect the fire protection coating.
Problems at the base of columns
due to poor maintenance, corrosion and flaking often occur
Repairs in difficult locations
can mean major disruption to the public
Whilst cast epoxy is initially more expensive and takes longer to install, in the long run, time and money are saved for the client, and the results are far superior to thin film paint. And let's not forget the fire protection period provided is longer with cast epoxy.

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Tony Tiernan

Tony Tiernan

Materials Specialist: Epoxy fire protection Castings

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