Fire Doors Information & Building Regulations

A fire door is a door with a fire resistance rating and is used in a building as part of a passive fire protection system. Its role is to prevent fire and smoke from spreading between rooms.

The door is given a rating based on the number of minutes it will withstand fire and smoke and are typically rated FD30 (30 minutes fire resistance) or FD60 (60 minutes fire resistance).

The Building Regulations 2007 brought into force laws that specify situations where fire doors must be fitted.

In an extension built after this date on a three story dwelling, the doors of rooms leading to the staircase are required to be fire doors.

In a garage built after this date which connects to the house, the connecting door is required to be a fire door.

These regulations show that there is a growing trend towards government enforcement of fire safety in the home.

Certain woods do of course provide better protection than others, and fire doors are designed using materials which are best suited to their purpose. Some common types of fire doors are oak, ash, beech, cherry, maple and plywood. Their strength and durability has meant that they are often used as fire doors as they provide a high resistance to fire and smoke.

Although fire doors are a little more expensive than standard doors due to the specificity of their design and the rigorous testing process they undergo, the difference in price is not as great as one might imagine. In actual fact, there are some highly economical opinions such as interior white fire doors which provide the same levels of protection at a much lower cost.

 

View some of the Fire Doors we offer below or head across to the Fire Doors section of the site for the full range: -

 

 

 

 

 

 

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