Everything You Need to Know About Non-Combustible Materials

Safety is paramount in any paint or render project – especially the materials used. Non-combustible materials play a crucial role in enhancing the fire safety of buildings. These materials are designed to withstand extreme heat and flames, making them an essential choice for architects, builders, and homeowners.

In this article, we dive into the world of non-combustible materials, exploring their benefits, some of the best non-combustible materials and answering frequently asked questions.

Understanding the Meaning of Non-Combustible Materials

Non-combustible materials are building materials that are fire resistant and retardant, meaning they don’t ignite, burn, or contribute to the spread of fire. They play a crucial role in creating safer, more fire-resistant building solutions to keep homeowners and building occupiers safe. In the event of an internal or external fire, objects surrounding the flame may ignite but buildings made of non-combustible materials will not, this gives occupants a chance to call emergency services and evacuate more safely.

Benefits of Using Non-Combustible Materials

1.   Fire Resistance, Performance, and Retardant

As discussed above, non-combustible materials have high fire resistance, so they do not ignite, burn, or contribute to the spread of fires. This property is especially critical in minimising property damage and saving lives during a fire.

2.   Toxic Smoke Inhalation

During a fire, the smoke produced can be just as deadly as the flames. Non-combustible materials emit little to no toxic smoke, highly reducing the risk of smoke inhalation-related injuries.

3.   Built-in Protection

Incorporating non-combustible materials into your construction provides built-in fire protection. These materials act as a barrier against fire, preventing it from spreading and buying valuable time for occupants to evacuate safely.

Best Non-Combustible Building Materials

Some common examples of non-combustible materials include concrete, steel, and certain fibre cement products. These materials are ideal for constructing fire-resistant structures.

Since 2009 it has been mandated that all external walls must be made of non-combustible materials. Rockcote has stepped up to this demand by developing a non-combustible render that complies with Australian Standard AS1530.1, the industry standards for Combustibility of Materials.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a non-combustible example?

Non-combustible examples include materials like concrete, steel, cladding, and rendering products, which do not ignite or contribute to fire spread.

Is non-combustible the same as fire-resistant?

While non-combustible materials do not burn, fire-resistant materials can withstand fire for a specified period. Non-combustible materials can also be fire-resistant.

What is a non-combustible material?

Non-combustible refers to materials that do not ignite or burn when exposed to fire, making them a valuable choice for fire-resistant construction.

Protect Your Paint or Render Project with Non-Combustible Materials

Investing in non-combustible materials is an essential step toward enhancing the fire safety and resilience of your paint or render project. At Rockcote, we offer top-quality non-combustible render that meet the highest safety standards.

Our commitment to providing top-quality, non-combustible solutions ensures your peace of mind for unexpected and unfortunate situations. Choose non-combustible materials for safer, more securely built projects.