Fire Treated Plywood
Fire treated plywood is specially treated with chemicals that provide a physical barrier to flame spread. The treated wood chars, but does not oxidize, which significantly reduces the spread and progress of fire in a building. Certain plywoods are also graded "Exterior" which gives it both a fire retardant rating and a treatment to prevent the fire retardant chemicals from leaching out in wet conditions.
Features & Benefits:
-All panels are pressure impregnated, and not top-coated, ensuring permanent protection
-When exposed to fire, non-combustible gas and water vapor are produced, and a layer of protective char forms
-All panels are stamped with their associated fire treatment and certified
-Installs with regular woodworking tools
-Can lower insurance costs
Q: What will happen when fire treated lumber is exposed to fire?
A: The wood will release a non-combustible gas and water vapor, and form a protective layer of char. The wood will hold its strength for a longer period of time, maintaining the stability of the structure and allowing more time for first responders to control the fire.
Q: Can I rip fire treated lumber?
A: Panels can be ripped to size. Lumber cannot be ripped - it can only be cut to length.
Q: What are the recommended fasteners?
A: Hot dipped galvanized steel or stainless steel
Q: When should I use exterior fire treatment?
A: Use of exterior fire treated panels are recommended for applications where they are exposed to the weather, dampness, high humidity or cyclical wetting. For example, an open-air pavilion, multi-family decks, exposed roofs, etc.
Q: What is the appearance of fire treated lumber?
A: Fire treated lumber will generally have a normal appearance. The major difference is that all wood will be stamped, signifying its treatment.
Q: Can I paint fire treated lumber?
A: Yes, there are no issues with painting or staining the wood.