Is unbranded metal exposing you to risk?

Author Siniat Date 10/06/2016

We are getting increasingly concerned about the risk that contractors are taking when using untested, non-branded metal frames on their projects. 

Unbranded metal frames are usually untested for fire performance. The interaction between the frames and the boards is unique for every product and manufacturer; it simply cannot be said that one stud, channel or board is the same as another. With a wealth of fire test evidence gained over 25 years of certification and innovation we have learnt what can make a substantial difference to performance, and have designed our systems to avoid or exploit these effects. Can the same be said of unbranded metal suppliers? 

Building Control and clients expect to see the evidence that what has been installed will perform. The only reliable way to achieve this is by using the right components that have been tested together.

If you use our full system, you will receive:
• A Lifetime System Warranty
• Fire test data and certificates
• A bespoke Project Pack providing installation detailing
• Specific advice and reassurances on shaftwalls
• Site visits from our Drywall Site Technicians
• A dedicated helpline from our Technical Services team 

Please think twice about the benefit of a short-term financial gain from using an unbranded metal and carefully weigh up whether it's a risk worth taking.   

Contact our Technical Services team for more information on fire protection.