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Adhesives.org BLOG: RED is RIGHT?!? Firestop Colors Explored

Posted By ASC, Monday, May 8, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 5, 2017

BLOG:  RED is RIGHT?!? Firestop Colors Explored

 

By Sharron Halpert, Adhesives.org Expert Blogger

 

Our last firestop blog shared the history of firestop with you. We talked about some of the cheats the industry had seen in the early days. While this doesn’t happen so much anymore, the idea that firestop is red still prevails in some areas both with installers as well as with inspectors and everyone in between. After the last post you know that just because its red, doesn’t mean its firestop. But after this post you will see that just because its firestop, doesn’t mean it is red.


Some manufacturers make custom colored firestop that is only sold to one firestop installer. This ensures that, if someone else improperly installs firestop after they have left the project, they can easily identify it by a different color. Other manufacturers have different colors to make it easier for the inspector to identify the material. One example manufacturer for example has their intumescent material in a deep red color, their less expensive intumescent material is yellow and their non-intumescent material is a bright blue. Let’s complicate things just a tad more. Many manufacturers are able to provide a joint sealant in a color that matches a finished area. This is useful if it is not to be painted, but it adds a bit of a complication to the inspection process, but it is aesthetically another option.


Gone are the times when people are mixing up sealants or drywall caulks with colorants, but those old timers who once did that are still out there. Gone are the days when an inspector should just l... READ MORE

 

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