Combustible Cladding – Identification And Concerns

Combustible Cladding

Combustible cladding is a multi-purpose external buffer on residential and commercial properties, protecting them from harsh weather conditions and pre-term deterioration.

However, the materials used in combustible cladding can burn rapidly if it catches alight, but it is important to note that the presence of flammable cladding on a building does not necessarily mean it is a fire hazard. Applied professionally in conjunction with the building’s overall safety measures and fire-preparedness, combustible cladding is a great way to stylise and protect your property.

Still, it can pose a risk, especially when installed on balconies, around windows, on external walls, and on awnings. If you suspect your property has combustible cladding, speak to a professional for advice and test the building’s fire safety.

Tecorp Constructions takes the safety and durability of your home or commercial property seriously, so get in touch with us to learn more about our cladding services.

Combustible Cladding Materials.

If you’re not well-versed in the construction industry, it can be challenging to determine whether or not your building has combustible cladding, but we can help.

Combustible cladding is typically comprised of sandwich panels made from a low-density core bonded to a thin aluminium skin on either side. Expanded polystyrene is also commonly used as a plastic insulator in the non-retardant cladding.

Although these materials offer insulation that helps reduce heating and cooling costs, it can be a nightmare when introduced to a flame. Unfortunately, in the event that a fire does break out, it can be nearly impossible to detect since the flames start within the aluminium casing. Undetected, it could be a matter of minutes before the fire spreads across the entirety of the building.

Combustible Cladding Concerns.

In the unfortunate case that your home or building catches fire, there are several major concerns that follow. Besides the imminent danger to the building’s occupants, firefighters and medical staff, as well as neighbouring buildings are also at risk.

Melting plastic inside the aluminium casing can cause significant injury to anyone who comes into contact with it, and first responders and evacuating occupants are most susceptible.

In addition, because the plastic insulators derive from a type of oil, fires cannot be safely extinguished with water and instead require a foam-based substance to prevent the flames from spreading to neighbouring buildings.

Your safety is a priority, so don’t wait any longer to contact us for combustible cladding compliance and risk assessment today!