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Firefree Class A (“FfA”) and Wildfires. FfA, when covered by FfE, provides a system designed to provide fire retardant benefits, per ASTM E 84 30 Minute Extended, in exterior applications (walls, sidings, eaves, soffits), thus improving fire protection for structures exposed to wildfires and bushfires.
Wildfires predominantly occur in the Wildland Urban Interface (“WUI”) which is a geographic location where structures and flammable vegetation merge in a wildfire-prone environment, resulting in fires devastating to both lives and properties. Wild land Urban Interface areas include all structures either built or being built in low to highly forested areas or low to highly vegetated areas including high density housing areas.
Firefree 88 (“Ff88”) Exterior Applications. Ff88, when covered by FfE, can meet the ASTM E 119 standard in certain exterior applications (walls, sidings, eaves and soffits), including use for property line five (5) feet setback where a one (1) hour rating is required.
FfE is a premium, 100% acrylic paint. FfE on its own does not have fire retardant properties, but its application on surfaces coated with FfA or Ff88 will allow use of such products in exterior applications, if used in strict compliance with Firefree’s recommendations. It is environmentally friendly and has a high quality exterior satin finish, with excellent moisture and UV resistance, as well as great adhesion and color retention.
FfE on its own does not have any fire retardant properties. In addition to protecting FfA, FfE will provide both an exterior stain-resistant prime coat and a durable white, satin finish. If a different color or finish is desired, FfE can be top coated with most premium paints to achieve the desired color and finish. For large orders (>200 gallons) FfE can be tinted by Firefree. Please contact Firefree for such custom tinted orders.
For other products that can also help with improving the fire protection of a structure exposed to wildfires and bushfires, please check out the Vulcan Vents at www.guntermanufacturing.com.