An alternative to traditional aluminum hollow metal frames for fire-rated applications, the Fireframes Aluminum Series from Technical Glass Products features custom extrusions and frames can be factory finished to match almost any color scheme. The system combines aluminum frames and doors with Pilkington Pyrostop glass to form a barrier against radiant and conductive heat transfer, allowing wide areas of glazing in fire separations. The system carries a 60-minute fire rating as a wall assembly and may offer 20-, 45-, or 60-minute ratings for doors. It also helps maintain clear lines of sight throughout interior spaces, permitting natural light to reach far into a building. fireglass.com
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