The Importance of Fire Sprinkler Systems for your Extensions
A water sprinkler system is a great choice for all kinds of buildings. Homes, commercial properties and institutions such as schools can all benefit from their life-saving features. A quality sprinkler system activates at the first sign of the heat from a fire, extinguishing the blaze effectively. If you’ve already had a sprinkler system fitted, or you’re considering one, you might be thinking if it’s worth having them expanded to your extensions. A residential sprinkler system can help you keep everyone in your home safe, so installing them into your extensions is the smart move.
Fire sprinkler systems are around 99% effective and can protect both properties and lives. With regular maintenance, your system will work just like a new sprinkler system, and will be a useful component to have for years to come. Sprinklers are a great asset, not just for the main rooms in your home, but your extensions, conservatories and loft conversions too…
Conservatories and Orangeries
Conservatories and orangeries are a great addition to any home. They can be enjoyed both in summer and in winter, and can give you an extra place to escape. In winter, some conservatories and orangeries turn to electric heaters to keep warm, making them just as pleasant as in the summer. Space heaters contribute to around 43% of home-heating related fires, as they can be left on or can be covered by blankets. When this happens, the blaze can spread rapidly. It may be too late to take action yourself, so you should consider a water sprinkler system to aid your efforts.
Once a fire breaks out in your conservatory or orangery, it will need to be dealt with effectively to save your extension and lower the cost of fire damage. Sprinklers activate quickly, and will extinguish the blaze in a more efficient fashion than any other form of fire suppression. They also only release enough water to put out the fire, saving on flooding and excessive water damage. Conservatories and orangeries usually cost a large amount of money, so they need protecting at all costs!
In our previous article, we compiled a list of reasons as to why fire sprinkler systems are perfectly suited to loft conversions. Fires can spread rapidly, and they can destroy your home and endanger lives within minutes. Loft conversions provide more space and can add value to a home, but once a fire breaks out, this can make your conversion unsalvageable. If you already have a water or mist sprinkler system installed, expanding it to your loft conversion will increase safety within your home.
When installing sprinkler systems into properties, there are ways in which you can make the system more discreet. Concealed sprinkler heads blend perfectly with your interior decor, keeping your sprinkler system out of view but still ready to operate when needed. The cover plate breaks away at the time of activations, ensuring that the water stream reaches the fire accurately. With concealed heads, you need to make sure that nothing is blocking the cover plate from activating, so try to be as wary as possible when decorating.
Garages and Annexes
Nowadays, garages are used for a lot more than storing cars during the night. They’re an extra storage facility, and many have converted their garage into a makeshift bar or other extra lounging space. Annexes are almost like converted garages; they’re smaller buildings that form a part of your home or garden. Once you make the decision to convert a garage or install an annexe, you may want to consider sprinklers to keep everything safe. If your garage is a storage space for your memorabilia, you’ll need it protecting as much as possible, and sprinklers can extinguish fires effectively.
Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we have years of experience in installing fire sprinklers into a range of properties, such as homes, commercial properties and even loft conversions and extensions. To find out more about our water sprinkler system services, please give us a call on 01892 680 090. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form here.