Taking that extra step to protect the consumer is just good business. Adding a fire retardant gives the consumer that little extra security. ShieldAll 6023 is a fire retardant that provides passive fire protection. It is a water based, intumescent coating meaning that the coating actually swells just before ignition and forms a char that greatly reduces the spread of flame and smoke.
The truth of the matter is that most homes in the U.S. are made of wood. Yes, you will find brick or stone veneer exteriors on homes and even metal studs that replace wood studs in the interiors but the majority of the construction material used in framing the new home will be wood and for several very good reasons.
Most homes are built from wood because wood is cheap. It costs less to produce than brick or steel and is considerably lighter to handle, making wood the less costly material to use in home construction. Wood also has built in fire retardant qualities that allows fires to be slowed down when they do start and you must know that fires will start since there is really no building material that is fire resistant (Clay Risen).
Since fire resistant materials do not exist, the key is to build with the idea that a fire can be slowed down so occupants can leave the building safely. Still, residential fires kill 2500 people per year in the U.S. (Jane McGrath). That astounding figure brings me to a couple of important questions. What if a cheap fire retardant existed that could be safely used, was not toxic and produced seriously great results? Would a contractor not use that product to provide a cheap insurance policy for a homeowner and peace of mind for himself? In fact that product does exist and it has proven test results to back up any claims that it can slow down a fire event.
Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) cannot prevent wood from catching fire but by creating a slow char right before the moment of ignition, FRTW significantly reduces the burn and actually works better than other building materials like brick and steel in mitigating fires. ShieldAll 6023 is a fire retardant that provides passive fire protection. It is a water based, intumescent coating meaning that the coating actually swells just before ignition and forms a char that greatly reduces the spread of flame and smoke. During the demanding ASTM E-84 test, 6023 achieved a Class A Flame Spread rating. By using 6023 in construction, contractors can use combustible materials where Building Codes call for a Class A rating.
ShieldAll 6023 was created for interior applications. It readily bonds to wood, OSB, drywall and concrete, creating a primer base on material that blocks stains and odors, while eliminating blistering, peeling, cracking and chipping. Like other ShieldAll products it is safe to use, it is non-toxic and it cleans up like latex paint. It is this combination of qualities that makes ShieldAll 6023 a no brainer for the contractor to use.
The coverage rate of coverage for 6023 is 80-250 ft2 per gallon. A newly constructed home with the wall between the garage and the rafters coated with ShieldAll 6023 will cost about $300.00. Add to that a primer coat of 1020 on interior walls and 1200 in the kitchen and bathroom and for approximately $1000.00, the contractor has mitigated mold issues in the newly framed house and has provided a proven fire retardant for the home owner.
The use of Fire Retarded Treated Wood is an important construction trend right now. ShieldAll 6023 is a proven product that will help any contractor provide more bang for the buck in new home construction. We would love to talk with you. Visit us at MyShieldAll.com.