Standard access panels are made without any forms of fire protection. Fire rated access panels, on the other hand, comes with intumescent strip fixed to the frame. In case of fire, the strip expands away from the heat creating a seal between the frame and the door. Also, they come with robust hinges. These have the ability and strength to resist fire.
How Long Are the Panels Fire Rated If Fitted in a Ceiling and a Wall
Currently, we only have 1-hour fire rated panels if fitted in the wall or ceiling. They are also referred to as 60-minute fire rating. There have been numerous requests for a 2-hour fire rating over the years. Good news is that majority of supplies have them.
If the Panels Are the Same, Why the Difference in the Duration of Fire Protection?
Panels fitted in the wall and those fitted in the ceiling have a simple yet important distinction. Heat rises, meaning the most intense heat pressure is experienced by the ceiling panel. It is for this reason why its ability to resist failure is lower than panels fitted in the wall.
What Does the Fire Rating Rate?
It measures the length of time taken for the fire to break through the metal panel or fire board. When the rating access receives fire rating, we talk of the integrity of the structure. Integrity is measured regarding which structure passed the fire test.
Can I Get a Fire Rated Panel with a Longer Duration?
At the moment, 2 hours rated access panels is the best quality in the market. Anything higher than this will be costly regarding materials used and fire testing. In case you require fire rated access panels with a fire rating of more than 2 hours, discuss the same with your supplier, and they will have it manufactured for you. You should be ready to part with some good amounts also.
Is It Possible to Get a Copy of the Fire Test Certificate Used?
First of all, there are no legal requirements to provide such details. However, reputable suppliers should not find it difficult to supply the relevant fire test reports. Such details are in many cases required by health and safety departments to keep records of the materials used to manufacture the panels in case of fire, spillages or accidents. Details of dangers of the paint used and fumes or toxins which might be produced should be recorded.