What's Behind STI's Firestop Speedflex Track Top Gasket System?
Fire can be a devastating disaster to a family or business, with over 1.3 million occurring every year and costing over 3,300 people their lives. Fortunately, these numbers are actually relatively low because of fire codes and innovations that have been developed to slow the spread of fire through a structure, allowing time for people to get out and emergency services to respond. One innovation that has become an industry standard is STI's Firestop line of products. Today, we're going to focus on their Top Track Gasket system, designed to work with metal stud systems while creating very little additional work for the contractor.
The Track Top Gasket is an excellent solution that works with any ceiling track, making it a great option to keep in stock no matter what kind of project you get into. It's able to expand and contract 100%, and can be used for standard and shaft wall construction layouts. Its bright red color makes it easy to spot for inspections, reducing the amount of time that your crew needs to wait on getting back to work. It works well at the top or base of the wall, as well as wall-to-wall connections to prevent fire and smoke transmission through cavities in one and two hour assemblies. It also helps reduce sound transmission and has a low volatile organic compound release, great selling points to a client who is determined to use inferior or difficult to install products.
Fire can be a devastating disaster to a family or business, with over 1.3 million occurring every year and costing over 3,300 people their lives.
It's available in three different widths and lengths of 80.5' and 150' to meet your needs: 6-1/8", 7-1/2" and 8-5/8". It features a 1 mm intumescent layer in a 3.5 mil polyethylene shell that can expand at a ratio of 15:1. This very thin profile allows you to add it in during construction without having to sort out any significant changes in dimension, making installation effortless. It has an indefinite shelf life, an anticipated lifespan of over 30 years and has a Sound Transmission Classification of 50 in two separate acoustic wall tests. Two of the products in this line, the TTG350F and TTG600F, come with pre-folded flaps, making it even easier to lay in place.
It works very well right out of the box, laying down in a fashion similar to most building tapes and lightweight membranes. With no caulking required for standard installations, this product helps you to avoid a second trip to the job site and the costly, dangerous trips up a ladder or scissors lift for your crew. There is virtually no waste in this water-resistant sealant product. It's designed so that it won't sag, gap or drip and is very easy to cut with a simple pair of scissors or a sharp knife. You just have to peel off the backing, stick it to the framing members you're creating a seal on and get on with the job.
By using STI Firestop's Top Track Gasket system for fire control, you can quickly meet fire codes without adding a lot of work to your crew's schedule. If you're not quite sure whether the Top Track Gasket is a good fit for your project or have more questions about it, our experienced associates are ready to help. Please feel free to contact us today for more information and remember, at Star Sales, our job is keeping your job site moving.