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A fire-rated door is one that has been tested and certified to resist fire for a certain period of time. The rating is based on how long the door can withstand exposure to fire and maintain its integrity, such as keeping flames and smoke from passing through. In essence, fire doors are designed to slow the spread of fire, smoke, and toxic fumes, giving occupants time to escape and firefighters time to contain the blaze. Properly rated, installed, and maintained fire doors can save lives and limit damage, making them an essential feature in any building. We stock fire doors specially crafted to ensure your peace of mind and security. 

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What Are Fire Doors? 

Fire-rated doors are a crucial component of building safety. When a fire breaks out, these doors provide a barrier to slow the spread of fire, smoke, and toxic fumes, allowing occupants to escape safely and giving firefighters more time to contain the blaze. 

There are several different ratings for fire-rated doors, with the most common being 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and 90 minutes. This means that the door can withstand fire for the specified time period before it begins to fail and allow fire and smoke to pass through.

But fire-rated doors are more than just a simple barrier against flames. They also need to be designed to prevent the spread of smoke and toxic fumes. Smoke inhalation is a leading cause of death in fires, so preventing the spread of smoke is just as important as preventing the spread of fire.

In addition to their fire resistance, fire-rated doors also need to be properly installed and maintained to ensure their effectiveness. This includes making sure that the door and frame are fitted correctly, that the door is self-closing and latching, and that there are no gaps or openings around the perimeter of the door.

Here at Materials Market, we stock a large range of fire doors that are engineered with the highest quality materials to offer excellent fire protection without compromising aesthetics. 

The Importance of Internal Fire Doors

Without fire-rated doors in place, fire and smoke tend to take advantage of the flow of space which internal doors offer, navigating from room to room and threatening to engulf a structure in a short period of time. 

So, why are fire-rated doors so important? The simple answer is that they save lives. In the event of a fire, a properly rated and installed internal fire door (along with fire door frames) can give occupants precious time to escape safely. They can also help firefighters contain the fire, limiting the damage to the building and reducing the risk of injury or death to first responders.

In addition to their life-saving benefits, fire-rated doors are also required by building codes and insurance regulations. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines and other penalties, as well as potential legal liability in the event of a fire.

Fireproof doors provide a sense of security and peace of mind, no matter if you're at home, in the office or in public spaces like commercial buildings.

Fire Door Applications

To ensure your safety and peace of mind, it is recommended to install fire doors in any room where a blaze could potentially start - such as the kitchen or an area with a fireplace. 

Bedrooms should also be outfitted with fire doors so that you can remain secure while asleep, in case of an unexpected fire outbreak.

Frequently Asked Fire Rated Doors Questions

Can Fire-Rated Doors Be Made of Glass?

Yes, fire-rated doors can be made of glass in various styles, but the glass must be tempered or wired for safety and to maintain the door's fire rating. Alongside internal glazed fire doors, the frame and hardware must also be rated for fire resistance.

How Are Fire-Rated Doors Tested?

Fire-rated doors are tested in a laboratory setting, where they are exposed to flames, heat, and smoke for a specified period of time. 

The doors must meet specific criteria, such as maintaining their structural integrity and preventing the spread of smoke and flames, to achieve a fire rating.

Can Fire Rated Doors Be Used As An Alternative To Smoke Curtains or Partitions?

Fire-rated doors can provide some level of smoke control, but they are not a substitute for smoke curtains or partitions. These systems are designed to contain smoke and prevent it from spreading throughout a building, while fire-rated doors are designed to resist the spread of fire and smoke between compartments.

Can Fire Rated Doors Be Customised To Match The Building's Decor?

While fire-rated doors can be customised to match the building's decor, it is strongly recommended to avoid any and all modifications to preserve the fire-rated door's integrity. 

All changes should meet the manufacturer's requirements, and only a qualified individual should perform them. If not done correctly or accurately following regulations, these revisions can jeopardise the security of your property.

Are Fire Doors A Legal Requirement? 

Any residence with multiple levels that contains a stairwell must have fire doors for each door connecting to the stairwell, including those leading into habitable rooms. 

In addition, if you are converting your loft space or have an integrated garage in your home or own a mixed-use building containing both residential and business components, these areas must also be outfitted with appropriate fire doors.

What Is Door Furniture? 

Door furniture refers to the hardware and accessories that are attached to a door, including door knobs, handles, locks, hinges, closers, and other decorative or functional components. These door accessories not only enhance the appearance of a door but also provide crucial functionality, such as facilitating opening and closing, securing the door, and providing a means of privacy control.

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