Natural calamities such as fire cannot be predicted, and they leave behind a lot of damage for homeowners and businesses in commercial buildings. While you cannot gauge the likelihood of a fire breaking out, you can certainly do your bit to minimise damage caused by the same. A great solution is using fire resistant glass in buildings – and these can be beneficial for both residential and commercial spaces. Such glass can be installed while the property is being constructed, or during a simple remodel – this means it’s never too late to upgrade the glass and thereby your safety!
What is fire resistant glass?
Fire resistant glass is a specially laminated glass that helps the product withstand high amounts of heat. As a result, they can prevent fire from spreading from one side of the glass to another. The logic is that you should be able to call for help while the fire is contained within a specific location. This type of glass can also help prevent the spread of smoke. As you may know, smoke caused by fire is quite dangerous, as excessive smoke inhalation can be fatal. Thus, installing fire resistant glass can be viewed as a measure that can help save lives.
What are the benefits of using fire resistant glass?
Fire resistant glass offers a broad range of benefits that should inspire you to choose it while constructing your next building. Some of these benefits include:
- As stated earlier, fire resistant glass can help prevent the spread of fire and smoke. It can also help prevent the spread of heat.
- Fire resistant glass can also be used to prevent radiation from spreading from one area to another, making it a good option for research and development facilities.
- As the fire resistant coating is placed on both sides of the glass, the glass can prevent fire from spreading from both sides.
- Fire resistant glass panes are quite versatile. They can be used with aluminium, wooden, and steel frames without any compromise on the features.
- You can also use fire resistant glass in frameless systems if you opt for AIS’s PYROBEL VISION LINE.
- Fire resistant glass can also help with noise isolation. In fact, AIS’s PYROBEL glass line can cut up to 49dB of noise. As a result, if you’re using this glass in your server room, you can rest assured that you won’t be disturbed by the constant humming of the machines.
- Finally, this glass also resists high pressure loads which makes it fairly unbreakable. This should help enhance your overall security.
What are the different fire resistant glass that AIS offers?
Some of the different fire resistant glass options that AIS offers under its PYROBEL line are:
- E Class Integrity: This is the most basic form of fire resistant glass. It can help prevent the spread of fire and heat from one side to another. However, it does not help with radiation. This makes it the most suitable option for homeowners and for commercial spaces where there are lots of offices and restaurants.
- EW Class Integrity and Low Radiation: These are laminated and tempered glass that are designed to prevent the spread of radiation. They also help with minimising the spread of heat and fire. While this glass can be used in internal and external spaces, one of the most common applications of this glass is to use it in server rooms to prevent radiation from harming employees in other spaces.
- EI Class Integrity and Insulation: This type of glass can help with noise insulation, and is therefore quite popular when it comes to indoor use in commercial spaces. One of the most common applications of this glass is to use it in cabins and conference rooms as no one outside the space will be able to eavesdrop on the conversation inside.
What are the various applications of fire resistant glass?
Fire resistant glass is suitable for indoor and outdoor use (based on the variant you choose). These glasses are compatible with steel, aluminium and wooden frames, thereby being quite versatile as far as decor and aesthetics are concerned. They can even be used without a frame.
Some of the various applications of fire resistant glass include:
- Lift doors and enclosures
- Fully glazed fire doors
- Partitions in an office space
- Data storage and server rooms
- Stair enclosures
Where can you get fire resistant glass?
At AIS, we have a wide array of fire resistant glass options that you can choose from based on your needs. Our PYROBEL line has been certified to be safe and reliable by the relevant authorities, which means that you can place your trust in us. With decades of experience under our belt, we can help you with all your glass solutions with ease.