Fire Doors – Luxury or Necessity?

We speak up for fire doors

Nothing is more important than yours and your family’s safety.  Fires destroy homes, lives and possessions and a fire in your house may be one of the worst tragedies that could happen to you.  Smoke detectors/alarms are now compulsory in homes for insurance purposes but there are other protective measures you can take that may actually save a life.

Fire doors are one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and your home from fire. They help to slow the spread of fire and smoke throughout a building  giving you valuable time to allow the emergency services to get you out safely and/or give you time to find an alternative way out, as well as limiting the damage to your house.

To put it simply, fire doors save lives and give you peace of mind when it comes to the safety of your loved ones.

Can I choose any style of door as a fire door?

For many years fire doors had rather negative implications on the aesthetics of interiors, especially from a designer’s point of view. With Todd Doors you don’t have to choose between the beautiful design you want or a fire door for safety. At Todd Doors you can have both!  Almost all of the 450 original designs at Todd Doors are available with matching fire doors including glazed doors, which means that you don’t have to compromise on style over safety.

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What is the difference between fire doors and standard doors?

The real difference is not in their appearance but in their functionality. Fire doors are rigorously manufactured with a solid core and are made of materials that are slow to burn. Intumescent strips run around the rim of the door ensuring a tight fit.  All Todd Doors’ fire doors are FD30 rated which means that they can withstand flames and prevent the spread of smoke for 30 minutes longer than a standard door.

Where are fire doors needed?

According to Building Regulations fire doors are legally required in commercial buildings such as: offices, schools and hospitals. They are also a requirement in domestic dwellings when it is a block of flats above two levels; where a door leads into an integral garage and in houses with loft conversions (speak to your local council if you are unsure). However, for your safety and peace of mind it’s recommended to use a fire door especially for rooms where a fire is most likely to start, such as a kitchen or a room with a fireplace and also bedrooms in case a fire breaks out while you are asleep.

What do I need to know about installing fire doors?

Fire doors can be crucial in saving your life, but only when they are fitted correctly.   Incorrectly installed fire doors may only provide 5-10 minutes of fire resistance. Therefore, it is absolutely essential to follow all the fitting instructions as well as keeping them closed at all times.

It’s no surprise then that fire doors are becoming more and more popular home investments among all property owners.  They may be a little more expensive but the additional benefits certainly make the investment worthwhile even though we all hope that a fire will never happen.

If you want to find out more about fire doors please call one of our Door Experts: 0800 633 50 50