Here at Hond & Langer, we take great pride in our place as members of the North London community. Based in Enfield, we serve Barnet, Hampstead, Palmers Green, Southgate and the surrounding areas. As a member of this community, we recognise the importance of safety, which is why supply and install rigorously, independently tested fire glass to local property owners.
As a passive fire resistance measure, fire glass won’t sound an alarm nor extinguish a fire, but the role it plays within a functioning fire safety system is no less important. What fire glass does do is restrict the spread of smoke and flames from one room to the next. This act of compartmentation can prove pivotal when it comes to restricting the damage of a fire to a limited area.
By slowing the spread of a fire, the occupants of buildings in Enfield, Barnet, Hampstead, Palmers Green, Southgate or in any surrounding locations have more time to evacuate as safely as possible given the circumstances.
It’s important to recognise that only specially treat fire glass can perform this task. In the event of a fire, standard glass breaks at an approximate temperature of 120°C. Essentially, that’s more or less no protection at all.
Tempered glass provides more protection in a fire, breaking at approximately 260°C.
In comparison, fire glass maintains its structure in temperatures in excess of 870°C.
To assume the title of fire glass suitable for properties in Enfield, Barnet, Hampstead, Palmers Green, Southgate and the London area, rigorous, independent testing must first be passed.
While the majority of these tests include monitoring performance at increasing temperatures, the most important is the thermal shock, or “fire hose stream”, test.
Should a fire break out in an Enfield, Barnet, Hampstead, Palmers Green, Southgate or North London area property, fire glass must remain in its frame for as long possible to prevent the spread of smoke and flames.
Aside from the brutal temperatures, fire glass also needs to withstand the thermal shock of being hit with much cooler water from sprinklers or fire hoses without shattering.
After testing, different standards of fire glass are given time ratings in relation to their integrity period and insulation period. The duration of these periods is usually between 20 minutes and 3 hours, indicating how long their protective qualities can last during a fire.
With these time ratings in mind, varying standards of fire glass can be placed in different locations while still complying with Building Regulations.
The fire glass we provide for property owners in Enfield Barnet, Hampstead, Palmers Green, Southgate and the surrounding areas fully complies with British Standards including:
Our customers can be sure that fire glass from Hond & Langer not only brings their property into full compliance with UK law, but also provides a vital passive fire resistance measure.
Hond & Langer provides a full installation service for our bespoke fire glass. The work we undertake is cover by £10m public liability and £5m employer’s liability insurance.