USG Corporation, an industry-leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions, has received Factory Mutual (FM) Approval for its USG Structural Panel Concrete Roof Deck.
Factory Mutual (FM) Global is widely accepted as the leading organization that sets the industry standard with a rigorous testing process for select commercial building products. An approval from FM assures contractors and building owners that the product performs to the highest standards for safety. It also verifies a product's contribution to maintaining a structure’s integrity, keeping the occupants and the interior content safe in the event of a natural hazard or fire.
USG Structural Panel Concrete Roof Deck is the first and only FM approved noncombustible structural panel sheathing in accordance with FM Standard 4472 for use in low-slope roof systems. In addition, it meets the FM 4475 requirements for steep-slope roof systems and is the first structural panel roof deck sheathing to meet the ASTM E136-16 fire reaction criteria.
“When it comes to evaluating a product’s safety and performance, FM Approval is the gold standard,” said Mike Spreitzer, general manager, structural panel, USG. “With it, our customers can be assured that the USG Structural Panel Concrete Roof Deck will perform as expected under any circumstance, and we’re proud to lead our industry toward new high standards.”
USG Structural Panel Concrete Roof Deck resists loads from wind forces of up to 150 PSF (7.2 kPa), and ultimate gravity loads of up to 150 PSF (7.2 kPa), when framing is spaced at 48 inches (1219 mm) on center. This structural panel is an ideal alternative to multiple layered systems such as metal deck, plywood metal deck and thermal barrier or metal deck and concrete.
When used in a roofing system, USG Structural Panel Concrete Roof Deck is a suitable structural panel for all weather conditions as its design will not buckle, warp or develop moisture issues. The structural panel can also be combined with other noncombustible materials to create one- and two-hour fire-rated roof-ceiling assemblies. It is also manufactured in the USA.
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