Choosing The Best Fire Door For Your Building
When it comes to the safety of your building and its occupants, no matter what the purpose, size or scale of it, there are few crucial things that need to be on point.
One of these things is your fire doors, and with a whole host of them on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one. Fire doors are a vital component of any structure’s passive fire protection system, playing a key role in preventing the spread of fire, smoke, and toxic gases throughout the building.
In this blog, we will aim to help you understand the different factors relating to fire doors and how these may affect the selection process which will cover;-
- Fire door ratings
- Fire door materials
- Features & specifications
- Selecting an accredited installation company
- Aesthetics (last priority)
So, without further ado, let’s get stuck right into it: Choosing the right fire door for your building, by JST Construction.
Fire Door Ratings
There are a few types of fire doors available and we think it is important to explain the differences between them. Fire doors come with specific ratings that indicate their ability to withstand fire for a given duration. The ratings are indicated using a number that represents the number of minutes it can withstand fire for.
You will most commonly find FD30, FD60, FD90 and FD120 in the UK. When you’re choosing your fire door, it’s important to recognise what the fire risk is in your building and therefore you can pick an appropriate door to suit your needs. For example, a manufacturing facility that uses furnaces is a much bigger risk to fire than an office.
As a result, a higher fire rated door should be selected.
Fire Door Materials
You should also consider the material when choosing what fire door to get. Fire doors are manufactured using various materials, including wood, metal, composite materials and more.
Each of those materials has their own properties which carry pros and cons, this includes in relation to fire resistance.
To go into this a little further, metal fire doors are often referred to as looking a bit ‘industrial’ but they are extremely robust and tough and wooden fire doors have a wonderfully traditional appearance with good insulating properties for instance.
It’s always paramount to prioritise function and fire suitability. JST Construction can help you with that.
Features & Specifications
Be sure to see what features and specifications there are on the fire doors you’re looking at. For example, doors with intumescent seals are amazing at blocking smoke and fumes in the case of a fire whereas other doors don’t have these exact strips.
They expand when exposed to various heat levels automatically which is very clever indeed. Other features are available from fire door to fire door, so make sure you ask your supplier all these sorts of questions.
If they give you a confident answer immediately, it’s likely they know what they’re talking about.
Selecting An Accredited Installation Company
You need to be sure you can trust the company that helps you maintain the doors as well as checks yourselves regularly.
There is no time to become complacent with your fire doors because if a fire were to break out, you need to be confident they’re going to work properly.
With this in mind, you need to make sure you’re buying quality fire doors that are looked after.
Checks on hinges, door closers, seals, and other components should be inspected.
Aesthetics (Last Priority)
You may also wish to pick a fire door that fits with the aesthetic of your building. This isn’t as important as functionality, however understand that it does cross your mind.
You’ll be glad to know that you can get fire doors in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colours and designs. This does make it easier for you to maintain a style throughout your premises.
Lastly, other considerations surround the topics of accessibility because you need to make sure the fire door is appropriate for disabilities and literally anyone trying to use it.
There may also be some hardware options you can look at getting such as panic buttons and more.
Contact JST Construction
Selecting the right fire doors for your building involves a careful consideration of various factors, including fire ratings, materials, regulations, the company you’re buying off, smoke control, an overall aesthetic, accessibility, and hardware features and so much more.
Once you’ve figured out all these things, you will have a much clearer idea of what fire door is suitable for you. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to fire doors, that’s why there are so many different options because they suit many industries and sectors.
If you found this helpful, we would highly recommend speaking to our team who will be delighted to assist you further.
For more valuable information on fire doors, please get in touch with us here at JST Construction. You can give us a call using our direct number which is 0151 355 9232.