02 Oct How to Choose a Fire Door: From the Right Door Closer to FD30 Fire Doors
As a homeowner, it’s important you do all you can to make sure your home is as safe and secure as possible. From high-quality locks and automatic outdoor lighting to smoke and fire alarms, there are lots of different factors and technologies to consider to keep your property as safe as possible.
Protecting your home against a fire is imperative to keep you and your family safe. Without the correct safety measures in place, fires can quickly spread from room to room, not only costing thousands of pounds in damage, but leading to injuries and even deaths too.
Whether you’re undergoing a home renovation or you simply want to improve fire safety in your property, you may have found yourself wondering whether or not to invest in a fire door. A fire door is a door that has been specially designed, constructed and fitted to delay the spread of fire from one area to another. Fire doors are specialist doors that are tested against the elements and purpose-built to withstand roaring fires for as long as possible, reducing the rate at which fire spreads through a building.
If you’re new to the world of fire doors or you’re not quite sure where to start when it comes to choosing the right one for your building, we’ve got you covered. At AK Fire Ltd, we specialise in fire door installation and maintenance – so you could say we know a thing or two about them.
Follow our guide on how to choose a fire door below.
What are the benefits of a fire door?
Firstly, let’s take a quick look at the benefits of installing a fire door in your property:
- Help minimise damage to a property and stop the spread of a fire
- Help facilitate the safe and quick evacuation of people from a building
- Can be used to protect various exit points from a building (such as stair enclosures, horizontal exits and exit corridors)
- Provide you with more time to safely escape a fire
- Fire doors look and feel high-quality (if you’re worried about the aesthetic of your home!)
- Some fire doors offer sound-proofing qualities
Tips for choosing the right fire doors for your home
If you’re ready to future-proof your home and increase your fire safety, follow our top tips below for choosing the right fire doors for your home.
Find a reliable fire door installation company
When purchasing fire doors for your property, it’s essential you find a reputable and reliable fire door installation company to work with. It’s important the supplier you choose sells products that are properly tested and have been proved to work in a fire.
The very best way to do this is to speak with the company directly beforehand. In addition to asking whether the product has been officially fire tested, you should also ask to see the fire certificate, label or any other documentation that proves the product is proved to work in a fire.
It’s also crucial to check if the fire doors are rated by an accredited fire safety scheme, such as the British Woodworking Federation’s Certifire scheme. This ensures the manufacturing models and door specifications have been assessed rigorously and audited regularly to guarantee the highest safety standards.
Consider what you want from your fire door
There are lots of different styles of fire door available, each boasting their own different levels of resistance and features. Different fire door models can be designed for different applications. Choosing the right model isn’t the easiest of tasks, but once you know what you need your door to do, it gets easier. Before you choose fire doors for your building, have a good think about what you need them to do. Fire doors come in different sizes and have standard thicknesses of 44mm and 55mm.
- If you want to increase fire safety in your building and don’t have any other special requirements, a standard internal fire door is the best option to go for. An FD30 fire door is designed to control a fire and smoke long enough to allow everyone in the building to escape safely in an emergency.
- Get familiar with the specifications. When choosing the right door, it’s important to know what the different specifications mean. The FD code shows how many minutes of fire a fire door can withstand. For example, an FD30 has been tested to withstand fire for 30 minutes.
- If you’re in need of a fire door with sound-proofing qualities, it’s best to opt for a door with an acoustic rating. This can be beneficial in a number of different settings – for example, if you have a music studio in your home or a meditation area that needs to be silent.
- You may be on the market for a fire door that not only reduces the spread of fire, but also increases the security of your home too. There are plenty of high-security doors that will help protect your property from opportunist attacks, vandalism or break-ins.
It’s always best to speak to your chosen fire door supplier to discuss your individual requirements. A reputable and reliable company will be able to guide and advise you on the best fire door for your needs.
Choose the right size
Fire doors are typically thicker than standard internal doors and therefore you’ll need to consider this when selecting a door for your property. Within reason, fire doors can be made to suit any size specifications; for example, if you have an awkward space, a smaller door can be manufactured to fit this.
As fire doors are thicker than standard internal doors, there’s a high chance you’ll need to replace the door frames in your property to accommodate the fire doors. Again, it’s always best to discuss your requirements with a reputable fire door supplier who can guide you on the correct size and style of door for your needs.
Make sure it’s self-closing
All fire doors should be fitted with a self-closing device. This helps reduce the risk of them being used improperly and ensures they are closed whenever they’re not in use, allowing them to reduce the spread of a fire. Fire doors should stay closed when they’re not being used, however, they should also be easy to open when required – if a fire door is too heavy, some people may struggle to open it at all.
When the door is opened, a fire door closer is designed to automatically close and latch the door, allowing the fire and smoke seals to remain effective. If the door doesn’t close, it won’t prevent the spread of a fire. There are plenty of things to consider when choosing a fire-door closer, from the power size of the closer to the fitting position.
AK Fire Ltd: internal fire door maintenance and installation in Bedford, Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas
At AK Fire Ltd, we specialise in internal fire door maintenance and installation, helping to keep your building safe. It’s vital that fire doors are installed correctly and regularly maintained; in fact, fire doors should be professionally checked every six months.
We’re proud to offer comprehensive testing services to ensure your fire doors are ready to use. Our experienced, skilled and friendly team can also offer advice on fire door fitting, FD30 fire doors and more.
To learn more about us and our fire safety services, visit our website.