Fire Doors: Just What Do They Do?

Fire doors act as resistance barriers in the event of a fire. Fire doors can be made up of glass, gypsum, steel, timber, vermiculite, and or aluminium. They are often placed in large buildings with several floors that see a lot of traffic on a daily basis. However, fire doors can be fitted in residential houses, and are quite popular in larger, suburban-type homes. When properly installed, fire doors can help keep a fire burning in a certain room, isolating it and preventing it from spreading into other rooms etc. Fire doors can also help absorb blasts and explosions.

How do I know If I need a Fire Door in my home?
There are many factors to consider before installing a fire door in a home. One of the most common fire doors available is called an FD30 (the 30 stands for 30 minutes and the FD stands for fire door). These doors are typically 44mm in thickness, while normal residential doors come in at about 35mm. This means that, if one would want to install a fire door in an existing house, he or she would have to advise with a carpenter & joiner or architect to properly dismantle the doorway/threshold to create the right amount of space for the new fire door layout. So, if you have a lot of precious flammable items in your home, and no fire door(s), then seeking a carpenter & joiner and or architect to help you install new doors would be a good decision. This is especially the case if you live in an older house and cannot trust, or feel worried about, the pre-existing door(s).

In the event that you are undergoing renovations, you may be required to install fire door(s) if:

• Your house has two floors that has a door, or set of doors, leading from the attached garage to the house.
• Your house is three or more floors and has bedrooms immediately off of the stairwell.

Fire Doors are a Good Idea
If you are replacing internal doors, then there are currently no standards in Europe that insist on fire door conversion. Of course, installing fire doors on all doors, internal or external, could end up saving lives, valuables, and time. Of course, there are situations that call for fire doors, and if you are undergoing renovations, you should be looking into what kind of renovation it is, what kind of house you have, and where rooms will be positioned based on stairwells, exits, and garages, so as to avoid having to do extra work or re-do a door.