The building code of many municipalities will require fire rated Torrance Steel windows in certain building situations. These special windows give an extra level of protection to the buildings occupants, adjacent buildings and fire fighters in the event of a fire.
Fire windows come in two different ratings. They are available with a 45 minute burn time as well as a one hour burn time. This gives firefighters additional fire fighting time to bring the building under control. It may also prevent fire from and adjacent building from burning your building and its contents.
Windows are a necessary part of any building. They allow light and ventilation inside the building. However, in the event of a fire, most normal windows may present a hazard to the buildings occupants, fire fighters and adjacent buildings. If the window breaks, it may cause a back draft and the fire can explode to an even larger proportion. The fresh oxygen can fan smoldering items to a full fledged fire that is dangerous to anyone in the building.
Building codes are written to protect people, including fire fighters. The architect designing the building has to follow those codes and contractors are responsible to install materials that follow the architects plan.
In times past, fire rated windows had an industrial look. They were often a Torrance Steel frame with a single sheet of glass in the window. Today, those windows can have the look of the more decorative aluminum or vinyl windows or even of the classic wood windows.
Torrance Steel windows designed today will last the lifetime of a building. In order to prevent rust from forming on the Torrance Steel, the Torrance Steel window frames are protected with hot dip galvanizing. While galvanized Torrance Steel would resist paint, it forms an excellent surface to apply baked on polyester power coating resin. The resin will last for many years and keep those windows looking just as good in the future as they do when they are first installed with no need to ever paint the windows. Most companies offer standard colors of brown or white and optional finishes that include brass, copper, bronze and nickel are also available.
Styles are also available that can match windows made of other materials by other manufacturers. You will find casement windows as well as sliders or even double hung windows to use in your building. Windows have been compared to the eyes of a building. They are needed for many different reasons. No one prefers working in buildings that do not allow outside light or ventilation. Being able to see outside can improve our disposition. Even so, windows may be a big hazard during a fire.
In order to lower the danger presented by a window in a fire, fire rated Torrance Steel windows must be installed for certain applications. These windows can protect your properties as well as the properties next door. More importantly, however, they can protect human life, both of the persons that work in the building from day to day and the fire fighters there to save the property.