A guide to buying custom fire doors

Fire doors are an integral part of every building’s ability to be fire safe. While they are a standard safety feature required in every building, many customers require custom doors to suit their distinct needs. 

If you are in the process of buying fire doors, you will need to consider configuration, fire resistance level, material use and accessories. Read on to learn more about custom fire doors.


Configuration refers to the way a fire door is built in order to suit a particular building or space. Custom fire doors can be configured in a number of different ways: 

Hinged fire doorOur standard hinged fire doors are perfect for general use. As the name suggests, this door is fixed to the door jamb via two or more hinges and can usually only swing open one way at 90-degrees. Hinged doors are almost always fitted with a handle or knob. Our product has been designed and engineered specifically for heavy-duty use that also offers higher performance levels of security, longevity and sound attenuation.

Sliding fire doorsSliding fire doors are quite common in larger spaces where, in the event of a fire, larger entry/exit points are needed to accommodate more people and large machinery, but where the use of conventional side hung doors is impractical. They slide into a cavity in the wall when opened.

Swinging double action fire doorsSwinging double action fire doors are doors that are capable of swinging both inwards and outwards, over a 180-degree angle. They are most often fitted to the top and vertical stiles. These are useful in spaces where corridors have heavy traffic flow in both directions. They perform like any other fire door. However, the key difference is that they allow traffic to move quickly and easily back and forth through them. Double action fire doors can usually be kept open manually using a lock system, giving occupants much flexibility in door use.

Fire resistance level

Fire Resistance Level (FRL), as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA), is the grading period in minutes for three criteria: structural adequacy, integrity and insulation. Combined, these dictate how resistant a door is to flame and smoke.


Fire doors can be made from any range of materials, such as wood, timber, steel, gypsum, MDF, glass or a combination these. What material you choose will depend on a number of factors. You may choose a certain material based on a number of factors, including: 

  • the fire resistance level your doors must fulfil
  • your specific industry requirements
  • the size of thickness required
  • the purpose of your fire door
  • aesthetic or design preferences
  • the strength and durability you require


There are a number of accessories that you may want to include in your custom fire door build. These include:

  • Full Metal Enveloping
  • PVC Sheeting (e.g. Acovyn, Acculine)
  • FSC Certification
  • Decorative Veneers including matching internal edge strips
  • Metal Sheeting including Zincanneal, Galvanised, Aluminium, Stainless Steel, Colorbond
  • Fire Rated Vision Panels
  • Security Glass Vision Panels
  • Glazing Film
  • Fire Rated Intumescent Air Grilles
  • Power Transfer Tube
  • Additional Hinge Plates
  • Panic Bar Reinforcements
  • Magnamatic
  • Fully and Semi-Mortised Doorsill Seals
  • Concealed Closer Preparation
  • Bollection Moulding
  • Inlay Panelling

FSE Special Purpose Doors is a wholly Australian owned company specialising in the manufacture and design of door systems solutions for commercial, industrial and special-purpose applications. Furthermore, FSE Special Purpose Doors is an expert in manufacturing and installing fire safety doors. If you have any questions about fire safety doors or about Special Purpose Doors in general, you can find our products here. To book a quote, phone 1300 4 DOORS, or contact us.