Fires are powerful forces of destruction and it can be nearly impossible to avoid damage when they strike your home or business. However, it is possible to minimize the damage done by using certain building materials and making use of ServiceMaster DSI’s large loss fire damage restoration services in Springfield, MO.
While many different materials in your home or business will readily go up in flames, you can still rely on a few basic structural materials to hold up against a fire.
Concrete: Because concrete is a non-combustible material with a low rate of thermal conductivity, it takes a lot of high heat and time to compromise the structural stability of a concrete wall or floor. Though concrete is strong, it can have varying defenses against fire, depending on its composition. Concrete is a mixture of cement and aggregate; often natural aggregates can hold moisture and expand during exposure to fire, thereby weakening the concrete’s structural integrity.
Brick: Bricks are formed in a kiln that is heated to temperatures higher than the average building fire. By their physical nature, bricks are nearly impervious to fire and can be a valuable asset as a building material in your home or business. Though the mortar in brick structures is less resistant to fire, the integrity of a wall built with bricks is still greater than that of wood or other common building materials.
Stucco: This plaster has been in use for centuries as a building and aesthetic material. Made these days from a mixture of Portland cement, sand, and lime, stucco has the strength and porousness to expand and shrink with changing temperatures while maintaining a sound structure. A stucco coating over metal mesh can protect areas of your building that are more susceptible to fire.
Drywall: Gypsum board is a major component of drywall for residential and commercial buildings. Full drywall is made up of gypsum board coated with sheets of paper. The gypsum itself is non-combustible and contains water that releases in response to heat, slowing a fire’s burn. The paper coating burns slowly and does not add to the flames. Most kinds of drywall are also treated with fire-resistant chemicals.
If you’ve experienced a fire even with these materials present in the structure of your home or business, it’s inevitable that damage was sustained. Contact us at ServiceMaster DSI for large loss fire damage restoration in Springfield, MO. You can reach our 24/7/365 emergency lines at 417.868.8111.