Intumescent Painters

Intumescent Painting Contractors: Ensuring Fire Safety for Your Building

Anglia Decor is your trusted partner for expert intumescent painting services. We provide comprehensive fire protection solutions for industrial steel-framed buildings, ensuring the safety of your occupants and the integrity of your structure in the event of a fire.

What is an intumescent paint?

Intumescent paint is a life-saving fire retardant coating that reacts to extreme heat. When exposed to fire, it expands to create a thick, insulating char layer that:

  • Protects the underlying steelwork from heat damage.
  • Delays the structural collapse of the building.
  • Provides valuable time for safe evacuation and fire control.

Intumescent paint is available in 30 min, 60 min 90 min and 120 min.

How Intumescent coatings work

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During a fire the heat causes a chemical reaction making the intumescent coating expand. This expanded layer of char acts as insulation between the steel framework and the fire. Once steel reaches 550°C it’s load bearing capacity is greatly impaired, resulting in possible collapse of the structure. The intumescent coating reacts once temperatures reach 120°C and the chemical reaction gives an insulated layer to protect the structural steelwork.

Intumescent coatings can provide up to 2 hours protection, giving time for employees to evacuate the building. Also provides time for the fire service to arrive and deal with the fire.
Intumescent paint can be over painted with a protective top coat to provide a longer lifespan.

Benefits of Intumescent Coatings:

  • Enhanced Fire Protection: Available in various fire resistance ratings (30, 60, 90, and 120 minutes), intumescent paint offers customized protection for your specific needs.
  • Improved Building Safety: By delaying steelwork failure, intumescent coatings offer a critical window for evacuation and firefighting efforts.
  • Compliance with Regulations: Intumescent paint is a mandatory requirement for many industrial buildings to meet fire safety regulations.

Intumescent coating guide

A number of factors must be considered in choosing an intumescent project. The steel structure needs around 50mm of clearance to allow the intumescent coating to expand and do it’s job in the event of a fire.

The quality of workmanship in application of the coating also impacts the effectiveness of the finished project. If poor surface preparation was carried out the coating can de-laminate within a few years. Appropriate primer is another important factor to achieving a long lifespan. This would give reduced fire protection and would probably go unnoticed.

The application of Intumescent coatings is a specialist job, best carried out by intumescent paint contractors with experience in fire protection coatings.

Our operatives are IPAF trained in the use of cherry pickers; this helps keep access costs down. Anglia Décor are health and safety compliant, with staff trained in first aid, working at height and SSSTS/SMSTS. We are also able to act as main contractors, should a project be HSE notifiable.

New build industrial projects require a fire safety certificate. We would send your building drawings over to an intumescent coating supplier to produce a detailed report on the film thickness required for various structure elements. Once coatings have been applied we apply to the manufacturer for a fire safety certificate for the project.

Intumescent paint contractors

Intumescent coatings can be applied by brush and roller but are thick and best applied by airless sprayer. This gives a thicker and more uniform coverage and is faster to complete. As intumescent paint contractors, Anglia Decor cover London, Essex, Kent and for large scale projects can provide nationwide coverage.

  • Health and safety.
    Our operatives are IPAF trained in the use of cherry pickers; this helps keep access costs down. Anglia Décor are Chas accredited for health and safety, with staff trained in first aid, working at height and SSSTS trained supervisors.
  • Fire safety certificate.
    New build industrial projects require a fire safety certificate. We would send your building drawings over to the supplier to produce a detailed report on the film thickness required for various structure elements. Once coatings have been applied we apply to the manufacturer for a fire safety certificate for the project.

 

Frequently asked questions

  • There are a number of factors affecting cost:
  • fire protection required, 30,60,90 or 120 min.
  • Access requirements
  • Clients will send over a cutting list of the steel work being installed.
  • We obtain a materials costing and work out a labour cost.

Solvent free & water based resin coatings are low odour that will not create a smell. Solvent based floor paints create a smell during installation.

Yes, most systems specify a red oxide primer prior to application.

Yes, we will apply for the fire certificate from the materials supplier and provide this on completion.

Intumescent paint has a lifespan around 20 years.

When applying an intumescent paint to a new project we will apply a protective top coat over the intumescent coating.
For old intumescent coatings we would need to know what system was used previously to find a suitable top coat.
If the intumescent coating has started to flake or debond from the metal then removal would be the best option.

It can be spray applied or by brush and roller.

It depends on the fire rating and steel sizes of your project.
The materials supplier will give us a materials spec stating a dry film thickness of different parts of the steel work. We use wet film tests to know how many coats are needed.

Andy MearAndy Mear
19:08 24 Oct 22
Anglia Decor repaired and externally painted windows on a large Victorian building (30+ apartments), entrance doors and iron works. They were professional, responsive and did a great job - Thank you
Andrew FelsteadAndrew Felstead
10:33 30 Sep 22
I can highly recommend Anglia Decor. Steve looked at our difficult industrial floor refurb job. He gave great advice on the selection of products and colours. When it came to the actual work, Steve was involved in the preparation and coating. Always with a smile, calmly dealing with issues and the finer details of the work. Good value as well. One of the best experiences I've had in dealing with contractors.
James WyattJames Wyatt
09:05 22 Sep 22
Called Steve at Anglia Decor for a dilapidations exterior metal cladding quote, that needed doing relatively quickly. Steve was amazing, professional and so knowledgably. He quickly priced the job from Google maps and sent a man to start within days! This is 5 star customer service and the price was excellent. The job was completed this week and is excellent. Thank you Steve, Warren and the team. Great work!
PetePete
09:25 14 Sep 22
We've used Anglia Decor at our school premises for a few years now, and we're always happy with both the service and the result, as well as their cost.Strongly recommend them.
PRIORS HALLPRIORS HALL
07:29 23 Aug 22
Great last minute job, nothing was too much trouble for these guys. Very helpful!
Sarah TSarah T
08:11 26 Jul 22
I would highly recommend this company. Very good quality workmanship, very efficient. I would definitely use them again.
Mr PeterMr Peter
14:31 13 Jun 22
Steve gave good advice and always answered his phone and responded to emails. He prepared my garage floor and coated it with an epoxy resin product. It was an overall good experience and the work conducted in a professional and caring manner.
Dave WoodDave Wood
12:59 13 Jun 22
Anglia Decor recently painted the outside of our Industrial Unit in Bury St Edmunds. Great care and time was taken in preparing the external surface and the finish is great. Warren was very friendly and professional in his approach. Highly receommended A*
Martin BorleyMartin Borley
14:30 30 Mar 22
Competitively priced, polite, clean working and very professional from start to finish. I cannot fault Steve Massey and Anglia Decor team for their hard work in record time to one of our commercial units in December 2021.
Luca ParrellaLuca Parrella
08:35 17 Mar 22
Amazing service, fast and clean they have sanded painted in just under two days, all the metal work of a 400sqm building, not a drop of paint on the floor. Well done
Jack stillJack still
16:41 24 Feb 22
Done a very job on restoring an old plant room floor, will be looking to use Anglia Decor for more work in the future.
Ian McDonaldIan McDonald
15:57 01 Feb 22
Great quality and faultless workmanship - wouldn't hesitate to recommend and use again.
Aron OlleyAron Olley
21:14 09 Nov 21
Anglia Decor did an amazing job for us on a 18th century Manor House the attention to detail as usual is amazing a very professional company with a great team working for them.They were able to demonstrate previous works in this field which gave confidence to the clientThey are back there soon to complete further works on the internal hallway.The repair system they use is really good as are the products.We Look forward to working with you soon Steve and team
Lindsey DidhamLindsey Didham
13:02 01 Sep 21
A really professional service, and would highly recommend.
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To receive a quote for your intumescent painting project, please email steve@angliadecor.co.uk with a cutting list and details about your desired protection level, primer needs, and top coat requirements. Due to material scheduling requirements, the quote turnaround time can range from 3-5 days. 

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