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Balco USA Introduces MetaFlex® Pro Series of Fire Barriers for Larger Expansion Joint

Balco USA Introduces MetaFlex® Pro Series of Fire Barriers for Larger Expansion Joint


MetaFlex Pro fire barrier products feature time-saving one-piece installations with easy splicing, and have been tested to standards UL 2079 and ASTM E 1966 with high performance in fire and temperature resistance, cycle movement and air leakage prevention.

Balco Inc, Wichita, KS, a leading manufacturer of high-performance construction products, introduced the MetaFlex Pro family of fire barriers; MetaFlex Pro 2 Hr, Metaflex Pro 3 Hr, Metaflex Pro Shear, and Metaflex Pro Undermount. These four products were designed with the installer in mind featuring simplified installation. Tested to UL 2079 standards these products meet all of the International Building Code (IBC) requirements and test standards for fire resistance and protection. Available for floor expansion joints up to 18″ maximum open conditions, they cover nearly every commercial building application.

The Metaflex Pro 2-Hr and 3-Hr both offer a single package installation with factory installed flanges that featuring easy, drop-in convenience for the contractor. With this design, Balco has eliminated the need for fire caulking along the sides of the joint and simplified splicing. All of this adds up to significant savings in labor costs and time on the job.

Metaflex Pro Shear shares the same features and performance of Metaflex Pro 2-Hr and 3-Hr, while also allowing for up to 100% shear movement. This is a must-have feature in areas prone to higher seismic activity.

Metaflex Pro Undermount offers a 2-Hr rating from the bottom of the slab. This is especially useful in retrofit conditions, applications with penetrations running through the joint, or other situations that would prevent installation from above.

Other features of the MetaFlex Pro product line are:

  • Contains no asbestos, solvents or other hazardous materials;
  • Doubles as smoke barrier, passes air leakage testing as per UL 2079
  • Contributes to Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED®) credits under the categories of 1) recycled content for steel and ceramic blanket, 2) regional material;
  • Additional MetaFlex Pro product solutions currently in development;
  • Standard one-year warranty, five-year warranty when installed by a Balco-certified technician.

For additional information on the MetaFlex Pro, MetaFlex Pro Shear, and MetaFlex Pro Undermount, or MetaFlex 2000 or other Balco USA products, please visit www.balcousa.com; or call 800-767-0082

About Balco Inc.: Balco, Wichita, Kansas, is a leading manufacturer of high performance construction products in the categories of expansion joints, stair nosings, mats/grids, trench/access covers, partition closures and photoluminescent egress systems. These products are specified by architects, engineers and contractors for commercial buildings. Established in 1957, steady growth over the years has been maintained through a commitment to providing high quality products and customer services that include customization, turnkey design and education/certification programs. Balco is an ISO 9001-certified manufacturer with its own in-house UL test and research laboratory. Balco is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Construction Specification Institute (CSI), and International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI). Balco is a portfolio company of CSW Industrials Inc., (NASDAQ GS:CSWI), a publically-traded company specializing in industrial products, coatings/sealants/adhesives, and specialty chemicals. For more information, visit www.balcousa.com, or call (800) 767-0082.

Marty Hughes–Marketing Comm. Specialist
Balco USA
(800) 767-0082

John Parris Frantz
J.P.F. Communications
(773) 871-2600