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Product Code: 39124889
Description: 1/2 (15/32) PYRO-GUARD CDX SYP 4X8 INTERIOR FIRE TREAT 



Pyro-Guard® Interior Fire Retardant Treated Wood

Pyro-Guard is pressure-impregnated, interior fire-retardant treated lumber and plywood for enclosed structural applications.


Pyro-Guard is recommended for enclosed structural applications such as:

  • Plywood roof sheathing
  • Roof trusses
  • Rafters
  • Floor joists
  • Mezzanines
  • Shelving
  • Load-bearing walls
  • Floor sheathing
  • Partition walls
  • Studs
  • Interior beams
  • Blocking
  • Steps
  • Stairways
  • Platforms
  • Stages
  • Plywood subfloors
  • Wall sheathing
  • Telecomm/electrical panels

Pyro-Guard has been strength-tested after prolonged exposure to elevated temperatures and moisture to verify its strength characteristics when used in roof systems and other recommended applications.

Pyro-Guard is the only major fire-retardant formulation produced by an American-owned company.

Pyro-Guard plywood span ratings and lumber design value adjustments are based on strength testing after prolonged exposure to high temperatures experienced in roof applications.

Pyro-Guard is used for interior structural applications such as ceiling and floor joists.

Pyro-Guard fire-retardant treated wood is produced in 5 strategically located company-owned facilities and is distributed by an extensive nationwide network of stocking distributors.

Exterior Fire-X® retardant treated wood is recommended for exterior exposures and other applications exposed to dampness, high humidity or wetting.

  • Construction with Pyro-Guard treated wood requires no special tools or skills.
  • Pyro-Guard trusses and roof decks often qualify a masonry wall building as "non-combustible" for insurance purposes.
  • Pyro-Guard can often be substituted for non-combustible materials without affecting building classification.
  • Use of Pyro-Guard wood partitions instead of untreated partitions often allows for an increase in square footage and lower insurance rates.
  • The use of Pyro-Guard wood roof decking is usually accepted in lieu of parapet walls in multi-family dwellings.
  • Even when sprinklers are mandatory, the use of Pyro-Guard can further reduce fire insurance rates.
  • Pyro-Guard is commonly accepted by building codes for partition walls, store fronts, fixtures and roof construction in shopping centers.

Fire Performance

Pyro-Guard is pressure impregnated deep into the wood to provide permanent protection, unlike coatings, which only provide superficial protection.

Pyro-Guard treated wood is exposed to fire, non-combustible gas and water vapor are produced, and a layer of protective char forms, which hinders combustion and insulates the wood against further damage.

Pyro-Guard interior fire-retardant treated wood has a low rate of fuel contribution and heat release, and it maintains structural integrity longer than other building materials such as steel. Consequently, fire damages and repair costs are minimized, resulting in reduced insurance rates.

Smoke Toxicity

Pyro-Guard has successfully passed a stringent combustion toxicity test. Smoke produced by Pyro-Guard treated wood was no more toxic than smoke produced by untreated wood.

Code Compliance

Pyro-Guard was the first FRTW (fire-retardant treated wood) to be issued a Code Compliance Report based on high temperature testing for roof sheathing and framing uses.

ICC Evaluation Service

ICC-ESR-1791 has been issued for Pyro-Guard by the International Code Council, confirming compliance with National, Uniform and Standard building codes.

ICC-ESR-1791 contains conditions of use and strength adjustments for roof sheathing, roof framing and other applications.

Pyro-Guard meets the flame spread requirement of all building codes which is 25 or less, as determined by Underwriters Laboratories in the extended 30 minute duration of ASTM E-84, "Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials." Each piece of treated wood bears the Underwriters Laboratories Classification mark identifying it as being produced under its Classification and Follow Up Services.

Pyro-Guard is often approved as a substitute for non-combustible materials in applications such as wall studs and roof systems.

Pyro-Guard should not be confused with fire-retardant surface coatings, because test requirements and code definitions are entirely different for each. Pyro-Guard is pressure impregnated and carries a flamespread rating derived by Underwriters Laboratories in the 30 minute ASTM E-84 flamespread test, while coatings are sprayed, brushed or rolled on the surface and flame tested for only 10 minutes. Fire retardant coated wood is superficially protected at best, and it does not meet code requirements for structural uses.


Hoover Treated Wood Products warrants Pyro-Guard fire-retardant treated wood against defects in manufacture where the product is properly installed up to a maximum of 20 years. This warranty entitles the holder to repair or replacement of defective material, including the reasonable cost of labor and materials.

Hoover Treated Wood Products warrants that its Pyro-Guard interior fire-retardant treated wood is manufactured under Underwriters Laboratories Inc. independent third-party Follow Up Inspection Service and that it meets or exceeds the following code requirements for interior fire retardant treated wood:
  • Military Specification MIL-L-19140
  • Standard Building Code
  • New York City MEA Division
  • National Building Code
  • International Building Code
  • Uniform Building Code
  • International Residential Code
  • Insurance Services Office

Further, Pyro-Guard treated wood products will meet or exceed the relevant ASTM Standards (E-84, D 3201) for interior fire retardant lumber and plywood.

Pyro-Guard treated wood is warranted for interior applications involving dry conditions of use, where it is protected during construction and applied and used in accordance with Hoover Treated Wood Products' specifications. Use of Pyro-Guard treated wood where it is exposed to weather, dampness or wetting; or where it is in direct contact with concrete or masonry that is in contact with the ground or directly exposed to the weather; or as roof sheathing without proper ventilation for moisture control; are conditions constituting improper design, installation and/or maintenance and invalidates the terms of this warranty.

No other warranty, express or implied, including warranties of merchantability or fitness, shall apply.


The natural wood color and texture remains intact with Pyro-Guard. Raised grain may occur, especially on sanded plywood, and this is easily removed by sanding. Marks may be left by drying sticks on both sides of lumber and plywood. If these are undesirable, Pyro-Guard can be ordered with stick marks on one side only.

Engineering Calculations with Pyro-Guard

Pyro-Guard was the first FRTW with plywood roof span ratings and lumber strength adjustments based on strength testing after prolonged exposure to elevated temperatures and moisture.

Furthermore, Pyro-Guard was the first FRTW to be issued a Code Compliance Report which includes evaluation of elevated temperature strength testing.


Pyro-Guard was the first interior fire-retardant treatment with plywood roof span ratings and lumber strength adjustments based on high temperature testing. Plywood was strength-tested after exposure to 170 degrees F, and lumber was strength-tested after exposure to 150 degrees F according to ASTM 5516 and ASTM 5664. As a result, Pyro-Guard can be used with confidence in all recommended structural applications, including plywood roof sheathing and roof trusses.

Finishing Pyro-Guard Fire Retardant Treated Wood

Pyro-Guard interior fire-retardant treated wood can be finished or painted. As with untreated wood, the wood must be dry and clean before finishing.

Pyro-Guard fire retardant treated wood, like any other type of wood, should only be finished after the structure is enclosed and mechanical equipment is placed in service. This allows the moisture content in the wood to stabilize at an acceptable level.
Coating systems should first be tested on sample material and exposed to actual use conditions to determine if the desired effect can be obtained.

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