seam-logoAs the interior protection industry grows and evolves, fire marshals, safety personnel, and insurance companies continue to express concerns about suspended cover impeding fire sprinkler systems.

Traditional methods of protection have the potential to impair the system’s functionality. Installing suspended cover below the sprinklers could delay its response to the fire or prevent the water from reaching the fire. Installing suspended cover above the sprinklers can be more costly and complicated due to the increased amount of penetrations to work around. There is also the risk that the cover could fall onto the sprinkler heads during a fire.

That is why TuffWrap developed, and only uses, SmartSeam® for suspended cover projects.

SmartSeam is:

Effective in protecting against dust and debris during reroofing.

Antimicrobial, antistatic and flame resistant.

UL listed and classified to UL 723s and meets NFPA 13. Learn more about NFPA 13.

Designed, produced and installed only by TuffWrap®

How does SmartSeam work?

What makes SmartSeam special is its heat-reactive seam, an advanced technology engineered by TuffWrap. When the seam is activated by the heat of a fire, the suspended cover panels open, permitting the sprinklers to function as designed.

After three years, close to one thousand tests, and extensive research and development, SmartSeam is now the only UL-classified interior protection solution for installation beneath sprinkler systems.  

Understanding the details. Having a product that is listed and classified to UL 723S and therefore meets NFPA 13 is an important process that we as interior protection providers take very seriously. Here’s what you need to know:

Research and Development: SmartSeam is a proprietary product invented by an in-house team at TuffWrap. Not only is the seam critical to its functionality, the configuration of the poly panels and how it is installed are important as well. Every aspect of the final solution was taken into consideration in order for it to work properly.

Manufacturing process: SmartSeam is made in the USA. It is TuffWrap’s own invention and therefore we also designed and built equipment specifically to become the manufacturer of this product. Our machinery is “one of a kind” and not currently available for use anywhere else. We are inspected by an independent laboratory four times a year.

Meeting the standards: To meet NFPA 13, the suspended cover product has to be listed and classified to UL 723S for drop ceilings. In our industry, that is the only standard and test that qualifies and SmartSeam is the only product that has accomplished that.

Want to learn more about specific applications for SmartSeam? 

Read our case study here