Heat resistant material is thought to be most commonly used in fire safety, however along with continuous innovations to this material, the uses for it are growing. There are various types of heat resistant products in the market currently, all with different purposes and strengths.
This industry, along with thermal protection, is growing in size and importance as we become more aware of the materials that are used in home and commercial buildings.
The following list explains some of the traditional and new heat-resistant products, materials and their uses.
1. Heat resistant sealants
Heat resistant sealants are one of the most important materials in any building project. Once applied, the sealant will form into a flexible, tough and rubbery material that further provides heat resistant protection. Sealants are also used to reduce the risk of material shrinkage, cracks, and fluid leakage. Heat resistant sealants are recommended to use in all cornerings for best protection.
2. High-temperature rope
During gasketing or wicking, high-temperature rope is a great material to use. It can provide assistance for added abrasion resistance. Some other benefits of high-temperature rope include its ability to resist oil and moisture. The ideal use for high-temperature rope is when you require thermal performance and resistance to exposure to extreme temperatures.
3. Stucco plaster
Stucco is a plaster that has been used for ages. It has the ability to cover any structural material, such as concrete, brick, or wood and is fire resistant. Stucco is recommended as one of the best materials for packing or boxing in fire hazardous materials, such as roof shingles. Normally, two or three layers of stucco are applied to a building material to make it fire and heat resistant.
Concrete is one of the most traditional heat-resistant materials for building because of its ability to withstand extremely high temperatures. Concrete takes a very long time to heat up because of its low thermal conductivity. It can protect and stop the spread of fire and is still one of the most fire resistant building materials.
Much like concrete, drywall is one of the more traditional materials that are heat resistant. Drywall is composed of gypsum sheathing between two layers of paper. The paper portion of the drywall is slow burning which can stop or reduce the spread of fire. Additionally, the gypsum sheathing is non-combustible and chemically combined with water. If activated, by fire or extreme temperatures, the water will come out of the drywall as steam.
6. Fire sleeves
Fire sleeves are designed to protect hoses, cables, wires, and lines from extremely high temperatures. They provide heat and fire protection to your working materials while also providing enhanced insulation. With the added insulation, energy costs can also be reduced. Depending on your needs, heat reflective sleeves are designed with the most innovative material such as glass fiber and polyester.
7. Heat resistant tapes
Heat resistant tapes combine the benefits of fire sleeves and heat resistant sealants but with added flexibility. Heat resistant tapes can be used to cover and provide protection to hoses, wiring, and cables or for further insulation. Much like the sealants, heat resistant tape is recommended to use to provide protection to cornerings.
For building purposes, heat resistant tape may be a more temporary addition, compared to a sealant, though it does create many added benefits especially the heat resistance. Some other short-term benefits include the resistance to water, flexibility for covering all types of material, and insulation properties.