Pyro-Guard has been strength-tested after prolonged exposure to elevated temperatures and moisture to verify its strength characteristics when used in roof systems and other recommended applications.
Pyro-Guard plywood span ratings and lumber design value adjustments are based on strength testing after prolonged exposure to high temperatures experienced in roof applications.
Pyro-Guard fire-retardant treated wood is produced in 5 strategically located company-owned facilities and is distributed by an extensive nationwide network of stocking distributors.
Pyro-Guard is pressure impregnated deep into the wood to provide permanent protection, unlike coatings, which only provide superficial protection.
When Pyro-Guard treated wood is exposed to fire, non-combustible gas and water vapor are produced, and a layer of protective char forms, which hinders combustion and insulates the wood against further damage.
Pyro-Guard interior fire-retardant treated wood has a low rate of fuel contribution and heat release, and it maintains structural integrity longer than other building materials such as steel. Consequently, fire damages and repair costs are minimized, resulting in reduced insurance rates.
Pyro-Guard was the first interior fire-retardant treatment with plywood roof span ratings and lumber strength adjustments based on high temperature testing. Plywood was strength-tested after exposure to 170 degrees F, and lumber was strength-tested after exposure to 150 degrees F according to ASTM 5516 and ASTM 5664. As a result, Pyro-Guard can be used with confidence in all recommended structural applications, including plywood roof sheathing and roof trusses.
Pyro-Guard interior fire-retardant treated wood can be finished or painted. As with untreated wood, the wood must be dry and clean before finishing.
Pyro-Guard fire retardant treated wood, like any other type of wood, should only be finished after the structure is enclosed and mechanical equipment is placed in service. This allows the moisture content in the wood to stabilize at an acceptable level.
Coating systems should first be tested on sample material and exposed to actual use conditions to determine if the desired effect can be obtained.