Fire Resistance of Vinyl Fencing Testing Report

The manufacturer of ESTATELINE™ commissioned Intertek to test the fire resistance of our vinyl fencing, specifically the Lakeland Fence System. The testing followed ASTM standards, focusing on ignition temperatures, smoke density, and burn rate. The results demonstrate the safety and reliability of our fencing in terms of fire resistance, making it a robust choice for customers concerned about fire hazards.

Testing

Fire Resistance Vinyl Fencing Testing

The tests measured the self-ignition and flash ignition temperatures of the fencing material. The self-ignition temperature was found to be 842°F (450°C), significantly higher than the required 650°F (343°C). This indicates that the fencing material is resistant to ignition from common fire sources. Additionally, the flash ignition temperature was recorded at 770°F (410°C), further showcasing the material’s resistance to catching fire easily.

In terms of smoke production, the ASTM D2843 test results showed an average smoke density rating of 61.9, well below the maximum allowable limit of 75. This low smoke density rating means that in the event of a fire, the fencing produces less smoke, contributing to better visibility and reduced inhalation hazards. Moreover, the ASTM D635 burn rate test revealed that the fencing did not sustain a burn beyond the initial exposure to the flame, classifying it as Class CC1, the highest standard for rate of burn.

Test Results

In summary, the ESTATELINE™ vinyl fencing excels in fire resistance, surpassing the necessary safety standards. With a high ignition temperature, low smoke density, and non-sustained burning, it offers peace of mind for customers looking for a safe and durable fencing option. These test results affirm that our fencing not only enhances the aesthetic appeal and security of properties but also provides critical fire safety benefits.

Is vinyl flame resistant?
Yes, vinyl can be flame resistant. The testing of the ESTATELINE™ vinyl fencing by Intertek showed that the material has a high self-ignition temperature of 842°F (450°C) and does not sustain burning beyond the initial flame exposure, classifying it as Class CC1. Additionally, the fencing produced a low smoke density rating, indicating that it generates less smoke in the event of a fire. These results demonstrate that vinyl, particularly the ESTATELINE™ vinyl fencing, has good fire resistance properties.

Who is Intertek testing company ?
Intertek is a leading global testing, inspection, and certification company that provides quality and safety solutions to a wide range of industries. With expertise in various fields, Intertek helps companies ensure that their products meet regulatory standards and perform reliably. Their services include product testing, safety inspections, and certification programs, all aimed at helping businesses maintain high standards of quality and compliance.

What fences are fireproof?
Fireproof fences are designed to withstand high temperatures and resist burning. Materials commonly used for fireproof fences include metal, such as steel and wrought iron, as well as concrete and brick. These materials do not catch fire easily and provide a strong barrier against flames. Vinyl fences are also an option; while they are not completely fireproof, they are fire-resistant and do not ignite easily.

Does vinyl fencing melt in heat?

Yes, vinyl fencing can melt in extreme heat, such as during a fire right beside it. However, under normal sun exposure, vinyl fences won’t melt or deform. While vinyl fencing is fire-resistant and doesn’t easily ignite, it can be affected by extremely high temperatures. This means vinyl fencing provides good protection against fire, but it isn’t completely impervious to extreme heat.

Is PVC fencing flammable?
No, PVC fencing, specifically the ESTATELINE™ vinyl fencing, is not flammable. The testing conducted by Intertek demonstrates that this type of fencing has high ignition temperatures and does not sustain burning once the initial flame exposure is removed. Therefore, while it can melt under extreme heat, it does not easily catch fire or support combustion, making it a fire-resistant option.

Is vinyl fencing a good choice for areas prone to wildfires?
Yes. Vinyl fencing is a good choice for areas prone to wildfires because it is more fire-resistant than wood. While vinyl is not completely fireproof and can melt under extreme heat, it does not ignite easily. In contrast, wood is highly flammable and can quickly catch fire, making it a less safe option in wildfire-prone regions. Vinyl fences provide a safer alternative by offering some resistance to fire, reducing the risk of flames spreading rapidly to other parts of the property.

In BC, we often face wildfires, especially during hot, dry summers, with cities like Kelowna, Kamloops, and Penticton frequently affected. These fires can severely damage our homes and properties. To protect ourselves, using fire-resistant materials like vinyl fencing is crucial. Vinyl fencing has a high ignition temperature and doesn’t easily catch fire, unlike highly flammable wood. By choosing vinyl fencing, we can reduce the risk of flames spreading and better safeguard our properties in wildfire-prone areas of BC.

In conclusion, ESTATELINE™ vinyl fencing excels in fire resistance, making it a safe and reliable choice. Our fencing has a high ignition temperature, low smoke density, and does not sustain burning, ensuring maximum safety for your property.

Contact us today for a personalized quote and take the first step towards a safer, more secure property.

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