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How Reliable Are Fire Retardant MDF And Plywood?

Comparison of fire retardant mdf and plywood sheets when it comes to fire safety

Are There Inherent Fire Retardant Wooden Panels?

Are you considering using fire retardant mdf and plywood in a public space? If you are designing interior paneling for public spaces you might know that the fire regulations are stringent. You have to find a material that both meets the requirements for fire safety and at the same time is able to create a beautiful interior. We have compiled a comparison between the most common wood paneling materials for wall and ceiling claddings in public spaces. The comparison is between the core material and the cladding panel including veneer, lacquer and perforations.

Fire Safety of the core

Fire safety of the whole panel, including veneer, lacquer and perforations

FIBER GYPSUM CORE

A2-s1,d0 fire retardant wooden panel

The Core

Fiber gypsum contains 83% or more non-combustible minerals and is classified A1-S1,d0 or A2-S1,d0. No impregnating chemicals or fire retardant lacquers need to be used.

The Whole Panel

Fiber gypsum is all the way through non-combustible. Perforations do not effect the fire properties and the whole panel keeps fire class A2-s1,d0, including the veneer and lacquer.

MDF CORE MATERIAL

Are fire retardant mdf panels reliable?

The Core

Fire retardant FR-MDF’s with class B-s1,d0 are available

The Whole Panel

With veneer FR-MDF drops to fire class C or lower. FR-Lacquers can be used, but the salts and thicknesses required, make them non-clear. Perforated holes can not be lacquered.

PLYWOOD CORE MATERIAL

are fire retardant plywood panels reliable?

The Core

Plywood can be impregnated to class B-s1,d0. The impragnation and drying process can lead to warping panels.

The Whole Panel

Plywood including the top veneer can be impregnated to B-s1,d0. Impregnation cannot pass the glue layers in plywood, perforations might expose non-impregnated material.

SOLID WOOD

How reliable are solid wood panels?

The Core

Solid wood can be impregnated to B-s1,d0, although few suppliers have certificates for all wood species. The impregnation and drying process can lead to warping products/ribs.

The Whole Panel

Solid wood can be impregnated to B-s1,d0, but lacquers must be added afterwards. Fire classifications do seldom include the surface finish like lacquer, oil or stain.

Are There Inherent Fire Retardant Wooden Panels?

Are you considering using fire retardant mdf and plywood in a public space? If you are designing interior paneling for public spaces you might know that the fire regulations are stringent. You have to find a material that both meets the requirements for fire safety and at the same time is able to create a beautiful interior. We have compiled a comparison between the most common wood paneling materials for wall and ceiling claddings in public spaces. The comparison is between the core material and the cladding panel including veneer, lacquer and perforations.

FIBER GYPSUM CORE

A2-s1,d0 fire retardant wooden panel

Fire Safety of the core

Fiber gypsum contains 83% or more non-combustible minerals and is classified A1-S1,d0 or A2-S1,d0. No impregnating chemicals or fire retardant lacquers need to be used.

Fire safety of the whole panel, including veneer, lacquer and perforations

Fiber gypsum is all the way through non-combustible. Perforations do not effect the fire properties and the whole panel keeps fire class A2-s1,d0, including the veneer and lacquer.

MDF CORE MATERIAL

Are fire retardant mdf panels reliable?

Fire Safety of the core

Fire retardant FR-MDF’s with class B-s1,d0 are available

Fire safety of the whole panel, including veneer, lacquer and perforations

With veneer FR-MDF drops to fire class C or lower. FR-Lacquers can be used, but the salts and thicknesses required, make them non-clear. Perforated holes can not be lacquered.

PLYWOOD CORE MATERIAL

are fire retardant plywood panels reliable?

Fire Safety of the core

Plywood can be impregnated to class B-s1,d0. The impragnation and drying process can lead to warping panels.

Fire safety of the whole panel, including veneer, lacquer and perforations

Plywood including the top veneer can be impregnated to B-s1,d0. Impregnation cannot pass the glue layers in plywood, perforations might expose non-impregnated material.

SOLID WOOD

How reliable are solid wood panels?

Fire Safety of the core

Solid wood can be impregnated to B-s1,d0, although few suppliers have certificates for all wood species. The impregnation and drying process can lead to warping products/ribs.

Fire safety of the whole panel, including veneer, lacquer and perforations

Solid wood can be impregnated to B-s1,d0, but lacquers must be added afterwards. Fire classifications do seldom include the surface finish like lacquer, oil or stain.

Do you want to learn more about fire safety and the natural fire safety in our products? Read more in our Fire Academy or Core Material Academy!

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2018-10-23T21:45:51+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Fire Academy|Tags: , , , , |