When planning to install a fire sprinkler system in an existing building, key factors to consider include the cost of labor and materials, speed of implementation, potential disruptions for occupants, long-term durability and more. BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems provides clear advantages across the board that make it the best option for retrofits.
Cost is always a top consideration in planning a retrofit. BlazeMaster CPVC offers a cost advantage of up to 30 percent compared to traditional steel systems, depending on the type of structure and the quantity of material required. The material costs for CPVC are also more stable compared with steel prices, which have fluctuated significantly in recent years.
CPVC installation also offers lower labor costs. Because steel is 84 percent heavier than CPVC, crews need special equipment and additional manpower to move it around the job site. Adding to complexity and cost, the work crew needs a power source, open-flame torches and noisy threading machines. Designing a steel system typically requires an extensive field survey as well as fabrication time, which must be performed off-site.
By comparison, BlazeMaster CPVC installation is a one-person job that can be completed with basic hand tools using a quick, one-step solvent cement process. In addition to lower labor costs, there’s no need for costly equipment rentals. Because CPVC is lighter and more flexible than steel, it’s easier to install in tight spaces. That can be especially important in retrofits.
Faster, Less Disruptive Installation
This simpler process also translates to speed of installation. This advantage for CPVC can be especially critical in meeting tight deadlines. For instance, Wake Forest University initially chose steel piping for retrofitting its residence halls. However, the school soon found the lengthy installation process created problems since work needed to be finished while students were on break. After switching to BlazeMaster CPVC, contractors completed the work across nine residence halls during summer breaks.
Equally important, installation is much less disruptive for building occupants. With steel installation, occupants typically must vacate the property. With BlazeMaster CPVC, by contrast, contractors can work around occupants without the noise, open flames and odors that are part of installing steel piping.
Superior Long-Term Dependability
Unlike traditional steel systems, BlazeMaster CPVC is not prone to corrosion or mineral build-ups (scaling) that can require costly repairs or result in system failure. CPVC resists corrosion and scaling even in demanding environments such as in salt air or where water pH levels fluctuate.
As a result, maintenance costs are lower, especially given that BlazeMaster CPVC is designed for a 50-year service life. If repairs are necessary, they are relatively simple for the same reasons installation is easier compared with steel system.
For all of these reasons, BlazeMaster CPVC is the most specified nonmetallic fire sprinkler system and the right choice for retrofits.