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What are some examples of fireproof building materials?

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Fire-resistant glass for windows, concrete, stucco, gypsum and brick are some examples of fireproof building materials. They can help prevent fire tragedies that claim people's lives.

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Despite being important for light and visibility, windows can be a fire hazard. A window can break easily from the heat of a fire, making it easy for flames to enter a building. Therefore, to protect the house, a homeowner should consider installing fire-resistant windows. A dual-paned glass window is an example of a fire-resistant window. It takes time for the fire to break the window, and when it does, the outer layer breaks first.

It takes time for a fire to affect the structural and load-bearing ability of concrete. Concrete has low thermal conductivity, and it is noncombustible. That makes it an excellent fireproof building material.

Stucco is plaster that has been in use for both structural and artistic purposes for many centuries. Sand, Portland cement and lime are the components that make modern day stucco. As a result, it is a durable and excellent fireproof finish material for a building.

A gypsum board also referred to as a drywall is the most used fireproof interior finish. It has a gypsum layer pressed between two sheets of paper. To improve its fireproof qualities, manufacturers treat the gypsum board with special additives. The paper on the outer part of the board does not burn quickly and prevents the spread of fire.

Bricks are one of the best fireproof building materials. Depending on the thickness and construction of a wall, a brick wall can have a fireproof rating of between one and four hours.

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