Material Properties Testing for Building Products
Proﬁciency to test to over 1,700 test methods on thousands of Building Products Materials
Our state-of-the-art, environmentally controlled materials laboratories can provide you with data speciﬁc to material properties, such as strength and stiffness, appearance, color and reﬂectance, physical performance, and durability.
Even a small change can make a big impact. By obtaining test data and understanding the material composition and performance criteria of your building products, you can feel conﬁdent you have made the most suitable material and design choices. From testing new product technology and veriﬁcation of supplier formulation changes to conﬁrming product compatibility and determining life-cycle durability, we have the industry experience and expertise to get you what you need to know.
Our laboratory houses tens of thousands square feet of environmentally controlled testing space staffed by engineers, chemists, and biologists. Our lab is supported by an in-house machine shop that can provide quick and accurate specimen preparations for testing. We know that fast turnaround times are often critical to your success, so we offer expedited services to meet your demands. Whether you're looking for quality control or standard lab test reports, technical reports for examination, inspection and evaluation, statistical analysis of lab or ﬁeld data, or consultation on problems, obstacles, and risks, we've got you covered.
With over 125 years of experience in the testing, inspection and certiﬁcation industry, Intertek is the solution to all your needs. Our materials lab employees have experience providing unmatched industry expertise and we are dedicated to helping you reach your goals and getting your product to market quickly and cost effectively.
Diagnose problems encountered during construction or service life due to lack of compatibility, durability, or failures.
Research and Development
Evaluate the effects that a change in supplier, formulation, or manufacturing process may have on your ﬁnished product.
Color, Gloss, Light Transmission, Reﬂectance, Surface Defects
Accelerated Weathering under UV, temperature and humidity variables, Corrosion Resistance (Salt Fog and High Humidity), Mechanical Service Life
- Environmental Effects
Freeze/Thaw, Low/High Temperatures, UV Resistance, Exposure to Chemical Reagents (De-icing salts, Acid Rain)
Stiffness, Strength, Toughness, Hardness, Wear Resistance, Expansion/Contraction, Impact, Scratch/Wear Resistance, Compression, Shear, Tension, Bending, Deformation, Creep
- Flammability Properties
Ignition Temperature, Rate of Burn, Combustibility
Air permeance, Water Vapor Permeance
Intertek’s staff of engineers and technicians conduct components and materials test methods as established by AAMA, ASTM, UL, CAN/ULC, CSA, CAN/CGSB, ANSI, ICBO, SBCCI, BOCA, ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria, Metro -Dade County, SGCC, IGCC, DIN, ISO, SAI, People's Republic of China, Japanese Standards and other appropriate administrators . The following are some of the typically tested products.
- Doors and Windows
Base Materials, Weather Resistance Components, core materials, and Coatings, and Operational Hardware
- Concrete and Stone
Structural and Non-Structural Blocks, Cement, Ceramic and Terra Cotta Pavers and Panels/Tiles, Veneer Cladding Panels, and Anchors/Anchoring Systems
Siding/Cladding Panels, Window Door and Trim Extrusions, Skylight Domes, composite decking and Laminated Glass Safety Interlayers
Insulated Glazing Units, safety glazing, guard rail components, special applications (ﬁre rating, ballistic resistance, forced entry rated)
- Metals – Alloys
Corrosion Protection Coatings, Fasteners, Building Expansion Joints, Guard rails, and Structural/Non-Structural Framing Members
Structural/non-structural members, decking, guard rails, sheathing, composites
Finishes, Adhesives, and Sealants – EIFS components, weatherbarriers.
Mineral wool, EPS, XPS, GPS, Spray foam, ﬁberglass
Medical, Maritime Vessels, Automotive Components and Military Devices
Codes or Speciﬁcations
Prove your products or materials meet the minimum building code requirements, material performance or project speciﬁcations.
Intertek’s Code Evaluation Program is a streamlined process. Our Code Compliance Research Report (CCRR), a technical report prepared by Intertek to address code compliance to USA & Canada markets, identiﬁes the critical elements of the construction needed to meet the requirements of the code, helping the code officials to make a decision on approving products and systems when the product or system is an alternative under the code.
Intertek’s CCRR Program is fully accredited under ISO/IEC Standard 17065 and summarizes our review of a manufacturer’s data demonstrating code compliance of their product or system.
Qualify your product for an Intertek certiﬁcation and other industry-recognized certiﬁcation programs Our approach to obtaining certiﬁcation is centered on you and your time-to-market goals. For fast turnaround, ﬂexible services, global approvals, and innovative testing solutions that keep up with the speed of your business, partner with Intertek. With a wide range of engineers and subject matter experts across the world, we can help you with your Product Certiﬁcation and Code Evaluation needs.
Certiﬁcation proves your credibility in the market. To deliver that credibility, Intertek maintains extensive global accreditations and recognitions for our testing, inspection, and certiﬁcation services. Our Warnock Hersey and ETL Marks are leading product safety and performance marks for building and construction products. As global markets continue to grow and expand, more consumers are seeking safe, reliable, and, increasingly, eco-conscious products. With both international and local proﬁciency, Intertek possesses the qualiﬁcations you need to get your products to market We offer certiﬁcation programs that achieve market entry into a variety of global destinations, programs for an eco-friendlier environment, and programs to verify social accountability compliance for both you and your suppliers.
The ETL Mark is one of North America’s most accepted and fastest growing certiﬁcation marks. Utilized as a mark of conformance for both electrical and ﬁre products, the ETL Mark is readily recognizable by authorities having jurisdictions across the U.S. and Canada.
The Warnock Hersey Mark has long been one of the building product industry’s most recognizable certiﬁcation marks and can be found on a variety of products including hearth, plumbing, ﬁre doors, and windows.
- Instron Universal Testers
- Impact Testers (Drop Dart & Pendulum)
- Corrosion Chamber (Salt Fog & Cyclic Corrosion)
- Thermal Conditioning Ovens and Freezers
- Freeze-Thaw Cyclers
- Forney Concrete Compression Machine
- Small Scale Fire Test Burners & Smoke Chambers
- ESPEC Environmental Chambers
- Gloss Meters & Coating Thickness Gauges
- Slip Resistance Devices (British Pendulum, VIT, Sled, Dynamometer)
- Service Abrasion Testers
- Xenon Arc Weatherometers
- Fluorescent UV Lamps
- Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectrometer
- Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) System