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Fire protection coatings

Our durable intumescent fire protection coatings give you reliable fire protection, lower maintenance requirements and improved long-term performance.

Using our extensive experience of anti-corrosive coatings, we have optimised our Hempacore range of intumescent coatings for durability and long-term performance. As a result, you benefit from longer life cycles and lower maintenance requirements.

Used around the globe on a wide range of structures, from the steel frames of sports stadia to airports and skyscrapers, our Hempacore coatings intended for cellulosic fires  are formulated for quick application, either onsite or offsite. They can be specified for 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes of passive fire protection, and the range also includes Hempacore AQ, a waterborne VOC-free coating that complies with the latest environmental standards for green building.

How do intumescent coatings work?
All commonly used building materials lose strength when exposed to high enough temperatures. In extreme cases, steel may buckle and collapse in just a few minutes. In the case of fire, our intumescent Hempacore coatings expand to create a layer of carbon char. This insulates the steel beneath, enabling it to retain its load-bearing capacity for up to two hours and giving people valuable time to evacuate.

Compared to other passive fire protection systems, such as concrete casings or fire-resistant boards, intumescent coating give you a number of benefits. They are easy to apply and maintain, can be over-coated with any finish from our Decorative or Protective range and leave more room for ceiling and wall fixtures.

Why choose Hempel as your supplier of fire protection coatings?
A world-leading provider of coating solutions, our products protect places of work and essential infrastructure to help make our world more robust and more beautiful. Please click here to learn more about Hempel, our values and our products and services.

Did you know...?
Hempel has been owned by the Hempel Foundation since 1948. A charitable organisation, the Hempel Foundation supports research into sustainable technologies and education of children in need. Through its support for more than 20 educational projects around the globe, the Hempel Foundation helps more than 40,000 underprivileged children get a better education.

> Read more at hempelfoundation.com


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How our coatings are made

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