Panels serve to protect walls and ceilings on steel, masonry or concrete rooms
The #1 advantage of our product is the thermal protection it provides for all types of buildings.
A series of mounting channels is first installed. These are then covered with Padgenite™ battens to protect the channels and the spacing between the face panels. 2’ X 4’ Padgenite™ panels are installed over these to form the complete thermal envelope in the room.
The advantage of this process, not only do you get the full benefit of the thermal qualities of the panels, but you have the additional benefit of the insulating air space behind the panels. The system works so effectively that you can actually touch the outside of the metal building during a live training evolution.
Our building system is designed to allow you to go back and add options, burn rooms, even entire rooms or towers to the original building. If you decide you want to add burn rooms 5, 10, 20 years after you’ve completed the original building, there are no changes that need to be made to do it. The structure can accommodate it without modification.
But what about concrete or masonry buildings? What’s the advantage of lining them? Why does WHP line so many of this type of building?
The answer lies not only in the obvious fact that flame impingement itself is damaging to any structure, but also in the nature of the continuous expansion/contraction cycle that the heat generated by the training fire sets in place throughout the room. In a metal building, this expansion/contraction process takes place at a pretty uniform rate throughout. In a concrete or block building, the walls themselves are less homogenous. The concrete block doesn’t expand and contract at the same rate as the mortar that joins the blocks together. The particulate material in the concrete is not exactly the same everywhere and the reinforcing metal is a whole other issue. All of these components are expanding and contracting at their own rate. The result, wear and tear on the structure. Likelihood of damage is heightened if you are training in an area where temperature is an issue and your building (which is regularly being hosed down with water) is experiencing repeated freeze/thaw cycles. This is why you hear of concrete buildings being condemned because they become structurally unsound. Walls, particularly structural walls in these structures must be protected if you are going to burn in them. The cost of protection is small compared with the cost of replacing your building!
Apart from the obvious insulating benefits of the system, you have the advantage of being able to remove panels for building inspections and reinstall them. Inspecting the walls of your building for damage should be a part of routine maintenance, and in some cases, is absolutely critical. If your insulating material is permanently attached, you can’t do this without destroying the insulation. In theory, all training evolutions are done with carefully temperature monitoring and the flame is well under control at all times. That’s our goal, and we stand firm in our commitment to encouraging all of our customers to follow the recommendation not to allow the temperature to get above 800 degrees at the five foot level. It’s the safe way to train. In practice, we all know that sometimes things get out of hand despite the best efforts to maintain controls on the process. If you cannot remove the panels and look at the wall, how do you know what’s going on behind your liner? If a structural engineer doesn’t have this access, how do you protect yourself against not only building damage but the possibility of training accidents?
We have chosen the Padgenite™ system because we believe it is the best insulating system on the market, and we have three products so that we can offer you the best coverage for your particular situation….at the best price.