Fireproofing is the process of making certain structural components of a house or building fire resistant. This is essential to both protect the occupants of a building and the real estate investment!
Fireproofing can be done in two ways, depending on the type of building and its components:
- In buildings with polyurethane insulation, we use either a cement-based product or intumescent paint (DC315).
- In the case of steel structures, particularly commercial buildings, we apply a cementitious product that increases the stability of steel, allowing it to sustain the effect of high temperatures for an hour longer before it buckles under the heat of a fire.
Financial Assistance for Home Renovations
If you own or co-own a home, you may be entitled to a RénoVert Tax Credit to insulate your roof, exterior walls, foundation and exposed floors.
Financial assistance is also available under the Quebec Ministry of energy and natural resources’ Rénoclimat program for residential and commercial renovation intended to reduce your long-term energy consumption.
Is it mandatory to fireproof a building?
Yes, as a building owner or contractor, it is your responsibility to do what is required to properly fireproof a building. As fireproofing experts, we are here to help you!
- The building code establishes numerous standards related to fireproofing buildings. The standards vary according to the type of construction and evolve along with insulation technology.
- Insurance companies have their own requirements pertaining to fireproofing and mandate an inspector to check that they are met before providing coverage.
- Municipal fire prevention services also ensure compliance with the rules and regulations concerning fireproofing. They can provide you with all the information you need.