UNDERSTANDING FIRE RATED EXPANSION JOINTS
Fire rated expansion joints are necessary in order to maintain a building’s safety and resiliency. Learn how to incorporate them without jeopardizing the life safety aspects of a building.
• An expansion joint that runs through a building may interrupt a fire rated assembly. To maintain the integrity of the interrupted fire rated assembly and prevent the spread of fire, a fire barrier or fire stop should be used.
• The main difference between fire barriers and fire stops is the allowance for movement. A fire stop is used for non-movement/static applications while a fire barrier is used for moving/dynamic applications.
How to Prepare for A Fire Barrier Installation
What fire rating are you trying to achieve?
• Be sure to select the appropriate UL Listed product for the application
• Check that your job site conditions are the same as the UL Listing
Floor Installation Prep
Are your concrete surfaces properly prepared?
• Surface mounted covers require a square, clean joint
• Blockouts must be level for recessed covers
• Set the substrate at the correct elevation prior to fire barrier installation
Wall Installation Prep
Are your substrates finished correctly?
• Drywall must be installed on the inside of the joint
• Joint edges must be parallel to one another
• Be sure the proper blocking connection points are made, if applicable (Typically needed in 2 hr. rating situations)
• Be mindful of floor fire barriers above and below for proper transitioning