Fireproof Wood - Sheds and Garden Timbers
How to Fireproof Sheds and Garden Timbers
While people often try to improve the safety of their homes, many tend to overlook the garden or outdoor spaces. With timber typically a key feature of garden areas, the garden can easily be at risk of fire. In this article, we take a look at why garden timber should be fireproofed and the ways in which you can better protect sheds and furniture from fire damage.
Why Should Your Garden Timber Be Fireproofed?
There are a number of reasons why there may be a fire in your garden. Some fires, such as bonfires, fire pits or barbecues, will usually be safe if used correctly. However, there is always the risk that an accident can occur, causing the fire to get out of control and spread throughout the garden causing great damage. In the warm summer weather, when the grass is drier, your garden and home are more at risk of fire damage, as the fire can catch and spread far more easily on dry vegetation. Wood can catch fire quite easily and will burn quickly, so it is, therefore, essential that all timber items in your garden area are fireproof, to ensure the safety of your home.
Garden timber includes constructs such as sheds, summerhouses and gazebos that are made from wood, as well as features and decorative elements like pergolas, wooden chairs and benches. While sheds and other garden constructs can be created using metal or plastic, which pose less of a risk of burning, most sheds in the UK are currently made from wood, as timber tends to maintain a steady temperature inside the construct throughout the year, as well as being a lower-cost option.
Not only is fireproofing your garden timbers a good idea from a safety perspective but it can also be required by law in some cases. Building regulations can require that larger sheds or summerhouses be made of primarily non-combustible material, but with many such constructions made from timber, a fireproof coating is likely to be needed.
What are Fire Retardant Coatings and Paints?
Flame Retardant paint and coatings are materials crucial for protecting wood from heat and fire. They're widely used in the wooden industry to protect homes with finished, wood walls. One important thing to remember when buying is that they must meet safety standards BS 476 if you intend on applying it indoors or outdoors where people live or work.
How Fire-Resistant Paint Works?
With the invention of fire retardant paints, you need not worry about your wooden surfaces catching up in flames during a fire. This innovative paint swells into foam-like layers when heated and forms an insulator layer for protection from heat. Not just that, this product offers benefits like less smoke production as well as lower chances of flaming droplets forming on it. This is because they offer sound insulation properties which allow people to escape faster during fires with these products applied!