Marbella, February 2023. International thatch and carpentry expert, Cape Reed, has launched a unique fire-retardant coating which is specifically formulated to help prevent fires from catching on structures built with natural sustainable materials. Approved by insurers and industry standards alike, the treatment provides an additional layer of protection against the possibility of wild fires for the many businesses on the Costa del Sol that have thatch roofing, reeds and natural wood structures.
Laguna Village fire… could it have been prevented?
In 2020, Laguna Village, famed for its Polynesian style Tiki thatched roof buildings, was razed to the ground. If Cape Reed Fireshield’s flame retardant coating had been applied to the structures, it could have prevented the spark from turning into a devastating fire, slowing the progress, thereby making it more manageable.
An extra layer of fire protection
Andre van Heerden, Managing Director of Cape Reed explained, “In Spain alone, in 2021 more than 283,000 hectares were badly damaged by wild fires. This poses a very real threat to business owners on the Costa del Sol who would face financial ruin if the chiringuitos, beach clubs and many other natural structures dotted along the coastline were to catch fire.
“Cape Reed has created many beautiful highly durable structures that need to be protected against the possibility of fire, that could be caused by extreme temperatures, by accident or even intentionally. This is why we launched Cape Reed ‘Fireshield’. Now we can offer all business owners access to our unique patented flame-retardant coating which is suitable for all types of structures, including pergolas, gazebos and of course thatched roofs”.
International flame resistance standards
Cape Reed Fireshield fire-retardant treatment is a specially formulated chemical that can be applied to thatch, timber and various other natural materials to significantly increase resistance to fire. The fire-retardant water based tumescent coating doesn’t contain any toxic elements, making it both environmentally and user friendly. The treatment conforms to all relevant international standards, including the EU, Dubai and UK standards, and offers an overall B-Roof (t1) fire rating.
Approved by Insurers
Most insurance companies require professionally administered fire-retardant treatments on any natural structures within the terms and conditions prior to providing full insurance cover. Cape Reed’s Fireshield fulfils this requirement.