Fire Resistant Boards

Tamperproof noticeboard with fire retardant cloth - 1200 x 1800mm (HxW) - Crimson

Fire Resistant Boards

When you see the tag ‘fire resistant’ on a board it usually means a notice board. Whiteboards and blackboards do not really need this marking as for the most part they are fire resistant in the way they are made. While melamine white boards backed by plywood might pose a fire threat, they are, for the most part, intrinsically fire resistant. Notice boards, on the other hand are generally backed by softer materials like cork and covered in coloured fabrics.

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Notice boards

Notice boards are made to hold papers and other notices with the help of magnets and pins. Magnetic boards can be restrictive because magnets might not be the best way to hold up posters and charts, they need to be pinned. Pinning charts and other papers is also the cheapest and most cost effective way to display information. To make this possible, board makers make use of soft, pliable materials to allow the pins to penetrate the surface. The materials should also be elastic enough to ensure that once the pins are removed, it regains its original shape so that it can be used over. Few materials have this ability. Soft surfaces like Styrofoam, for example, is soft enough to be poked by a pin, but not elastic enough to recover from the pin prick once it is removed, sponge surfaces are elastic enough to recover from pins, but are not dense enough to hold up the weight of a pin and a paper notice.

This is the reason why cork and cork like surfaces work best with notice boards. The backing material however cannot be left exposed because they are prone to chipping and other physical damages. Fire is one such threat that every notice board faces. The wrapping of boards with fabric is not only for the aesthetics, but also to make sure that the board is protected from the elements.

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Choosing the right board

There are several types of boards that are available in the market, so choosing the right one is important. Apart from price considerations, you need to first look at the application and where it is going to be used. Are you going to put up the board in a conference hall, a corridor, or on a wall indoors? There are boards with frames and wheels that give you absolute freedom to shift, move, and even flip the board around when needed. Outdoors will require a protective cover to keep people from accessing the board without authorisation. Indoor boards come with wall mounts that keep them in maximum visibility.

In any case, a fire resistant board is always a positive. The fabric that wraps over the front of the board is tested and meet the latest building regulation code BS EN 13501. They are safe for use in all commercial buildings, both indoor and outdoors. They are even safe to use in industrial settings where the risk of fire is real and present. Note that fire resistant does not mean fire proof; these boards are fire resistant.

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