Our business works to provide clients with top tier fire protection solutions. Part of our job is to help clients with their fire rated walls & ceilings. These are vital elements that can halt the spread of smoke and flames. What we do is specify and install specialist systems so that you have the right fire proofing.

Defining ceilings

Fire rated walls & ceilings

Smoke alarm in a modern building

With passive fire protection, we define ceilings as a lining that is in addition to any supporting framework. This includes insulation, fixings, and hangers. Normally, people don’t class ceilings as structural components. Instead, they are a finished surface that hides the floor of a storey above or a the underside of a roof.

The ceiling could attach to the structural member. However, this is not always necessary. It can be self-supporting or suspended from it instead.

A ceiling’s scope in fire protection is contributing towards a building’s horizontal compartmentation. The horizontal barrier is especially vital. It helps you avoid the spread of hot gases and fire. This gives the people in the upper section of a structure time to escape safely.

Different ceilings have their own uses and scopes

There are numerous forms of ceiling. They all have their own scopes as well as different uses. These can amplify the safety of a building.

Firstly, the correct choice of ceiling depends on the compartment’s fire rating as well as the scope. In addition, there are other aesthetic and acoustic details to think about. If you need help with your fire rated walls & ceilings, speak to our team.

One general rule is that you need to install the ceiling as it is described in the classification or fire test reports. Furthermore, the total area inhabited by fittings and fixtures relative to the ceiling lining’s area can’t be increased. The maximum tested opening within the lining is not exceeded either.

Examples of ceilings

There are several basic forms of ceiling. People use them as part of their fire protection strategy.

One of these is the incombustible or low combustible ceiling. The primary function with them is to stop flames from spreading onto the roof. Moreover, they restrict the contribution to the fire load within the compartment.

Another notable design would be the independent ceiling. We define them as non-load-bearing elements of the construction. They offer horizontal fire separation and have a standalone fire resistance rating. It supplies protection from fire from above and/or below.

Giving our clients the best fire walls & ceilings

At Trident Fire Protection and Training, we work to deliver the best products to our clients. To do so, we have teamed up with a slew of quality manufacturers. They include Promat and Knauf. This gives us access to market leading products.

If you are currently in need of fire rated walls & ceilings, let us know. We can help you to make spaces safer.