Intumescent coatings allow architects and designers to use exposed steel structures in their designs, while still providing the fire protection ratings that are required by building codes. When exposed to intense heat, intumescent coatings “melt” and expand into an insulating foam layer that absorbs heat. The foam layer releases water vapor which helps cool the air, while the foam protects the steel from the increasing temperatures.
Intumescent coatings have a wide variety of advantages for designers who are concerned about the aesthetics of their fireproofing.
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