Hybrid Material performs all expansion joint functions.

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Comprised of hybrid silicone and impregnated precompressed foam sealant system, UL/ULC-Certified EMSHIELD DFR2 is suited for use in new/retrofit construction and infrastructure applications for containment of fire at structural expansion joints. It can withstand vehicular and other traffic; handle thermal-, traffic-, wind-, and seismic-induced movements; and provide waterproofing protection of adjacent building materials, all while providing life-safety protection of 2 hr fire rating.

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Emseal Introduces Breakthrough "Emshield DFR2" Fire-Rated, Watertight, Trafficable Structural Expansion Joint

First-of-Its-Kind Watertight, High-Movement, Traffic-Grade and UL/ULC-Certified Fire-Rated Structural Expansion Joint System is First of Series of Paradigm-Breaking Products from Market Leader.

WESTBOROUGH, MA - EMSEAL, the leading manufacturer of premium sealants, expansion joints and gasket products, announces the first ever trafficable, watertight, fire-rated, high-movement, UL-certified expansion joint -- EMSHIELD DFR2.

The hybrid silicone and impregnated precompressed foam sealant system is ideal for new or retrofit use in construction and infrastructure applications. Structures that will benefit from this life-safety enhancing technology include parking decks, stadiums, arenas, hospitals, schools, universities, airports, and any structure where containment of fire at structural expansion joints is required.

"Before DFR2, expansion joints required separate products to seal, bridge, and fire-rate joints," comments EMSEAL President and CEO, Lester Hensley. "That meant separate material and installation costs as well as aesthetic and substrate configuration compromises to accommodate the mineral wool, fire-caulk, fire blankets or cover plates needed to perform the multiple functions required. EMSHIELD DFR2 accomplishes all these essential functions in a simple, single installation of just one material."

EMSHIELD DFR2 is comprised of fire-retardant-impregnated foam pre-coated on the underside with an intumescent fire-proofing material and pre-coated on the traffic surface with highway-grade, fuel resistant silicone. It is installed into field-applied epoxy adhesive primer and finished with field-injected silicone sealant bands against the substrates.

The result is a single product that can withstand vehicular and other traffic, handle thermal, traffic, wind, and seismic induced movements, provide waterproofing protection of adjacent building materials and occupied spaces below, while providing the life-safety protection of a 2-hour fire rating.

"This is truly a game changer," says EMSEAL Vice President, Dan O'Hayer. "Market-driven R&D has been at the heart of EMSEAL's goal to address, through innovation not imitation, the shortcomings of previous technologies and the challenges of ever-changing building requirements."

For more information about EMSEAL's EMSHIELD DFR2 SYSTEM , please visit www.emseal.com or contact EMSEAL at: techinfo@emseal.com.

EMSEAL is the leading manufacturer of premium sealants and expansion joint systems for the commercial construction industry as well as for numerous gasketing applications in specialty market applications. The company has operated out of locations in the Greater Toronto Area in Canada and the Northeast United States for thirty years. For more information call 508-836-0280 or Toll Free in North America 800-526-8365 or visit the EMSEAL corporate website: www.emseal.com.

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