Fire Doors and Fire Exit Doors - What is the difference?

By Rodney Kilpatrick

Its very common for people to talk about 'Fire Doors' and 'Fire Exit Doors'. Are they the same or do they have significant differences?

Fire Doors  Looking at Fire Doors first these are doors that are manufactured to withstand the efforts of a fire to break through them within a period of time. For example doors are rated FD 30 or FD 60. In lay terms this means that the door will provide protection from a fire within for a period of 30 minutes (FD30) or 60 minutes (FD60). These doors are usually internal doors within a building, designed to provide a layer of barriers to restrict the spread of a fire and protect those escaping. Steeldoors4u provide steel fire doors, also known as Fire Rated Doors, and Fireproof Doors, with a fire rating of 240 minutes. This is reduced to 30 minutes if standard glazing such as Georgian Wired Glass is inserted as a vision panel.

Fire Exit Doors Fire Exit or Fire Escape doors are normal steel or wooden doors that have panic hardware fitted to enable speedy escape in the event of a fire or other emergency. These doors are usually the final exit from a building and so do not need to be 'fire rated'. Steeldoors4u provide fire exit doors with a variety of different panic hardware to suit the particular location. In most cases, where 'stranger to the building', or large numbers of people may have to use the door, then full-width panic hardware is fitted. This is combined with single or 2 point locking (3 point in the case of double doors) dependant on the level of security required.

If you have any questions regarding a particular fire door, or fire rated door application, then please call Steeldoors4u on 07711824597

Security Doors and Fire Rated Security Doors – Design and composition

By Rodney Kilpatrick

Security Doors are usually made of steel or wrought iron material and are set in a frame of the same material. Steeldoors4u supply Security Doors that are made of a double pan construction,  from a minimum of 1.2mm zinc coated steel mounted in a frame made from 1.5mm zinc coated steel. For High Security Doors 1.5mm steel is used in the door leaf. Using materials such as these it is highly unlikely that intruders will be able to smash through them without removing the whole door and frame. Security doors are often installed in industrial units or offices but can also be used in your home. Adding security could also bring your home insurance down and increase the value of your home.

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Fire Door Hardware – An overview of common type

By Rodney Kilpatrick

We are all familiar with the need for doors on escape routes to be quick and easy to open without the need for a key. In most situations this is the case, for instance you simply operate the door handle of the door leading from an office and pass through. In a hotel room you require a key to get in the room but only need to operate the door handle to get out. However the final exit door, usually referred to as a fire escape door of a building usually presents problems because this door requires a higher degree of security and needs to open easily. As the variety of hardware options to suite differing requirements can cause confusion we have tried to explain more fully some of them below.

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