Bespoke Fire Doors: What Are Your Options?
Bespoke fire doors are different from your standard fire doors. From acoustic treatment to radiation shielding to decorative veneers, here are your options.
Fire doors are an integral part of every building’s fire protection model. They are a standard safety feature in every building, yet while each door will have its own characteristics (size, thickness, configuration), many of our customers require something of a specialised door.
When it comes to bespoke fire doors, there are a range of options to choose from. From custom finishes to radiation shielding to unique accessories, your fire doors can be customised in just about any way you can think of. Let’s take a look at the bespoke options you have to choose from, and if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
For spaces that are crying out for the warmth of wood, decorative veneers may be the perfect option. A veneer is a flat, thin piece of wood – usually no thicker than 6mm – that is used to cover a door. It gives it a unique look and is often added to fire doors to conceal the material underneath, which may not fit the look of a particular space.
Wood colours – These can add an air of warmth or elegance to a space. You can choose veneers that resemble lighter woods like oak, maple or birch, or veneers made from darker woods, like walnut or mahogany.
Grain patterns – It’s also possible to choose the wood ‘type’ or grain pattern of the veneer to help you achieve a specific look. Different grains are produced by cutting and splicing the wood in different ways. Common grains/cuts include plain, crown, quarter sliced, rotary, rift, birds-eye and quilted.
Veneer Finishes – Wood veneers can also be sanded, lacquered, stained, glazed or even painted to help you achieve your desired door appearance.
Glass Fire Doors
Glass is very popular in modern architecture and is ubiquitous in modern commercial buildings in Australia. It is favoured for its illuminating qualities in open spaces, allowing architects and builders to incorporate natural light and a sense of transparency in a room. But what about when glass needs to be fireproof?
Glass fire doors are those that have had fire-rated glazing applied. Glass is a special glazing system that is usually applied to doors and walls during the manufacturing process. As the name implies, it makes the glass resistant to fire in varying degrees. Glass that isn’t fire rated can pose a risk in the event of a fire as it is susceptible to exploding in very high heat.
Acoustic Fire Doors
All fire doors act as an acoustic barrier in some respect. But what about speciality spaces, such as recording studios, theatres, or auditoriums, that require more stringent soundproofing from their doors.
The greater the mass of the insulation material per unit area of a door, the more soundproof it will be. A double-leaf partition – two sections separated by an air gap filled with a sound absorber – is an efficient and practical sound absorber.
There are many options for soundproofing fire doors, see them here.
Radiation Shielded Fire Doors
In today’s modern industries, radiation is used in many different ways. From doctors surgeries to industrial spaces, many buildings may require fire doors with radiation shielding.
Radiation shielding can be added to a variety of doors during the design and manufacture stage to prevent unsafe radiation from penetrating the doors. There are a wide variety of materials and systems that can be used.
Metal Sheeting For Fire Doors
Veneers may not be suitable for some spaces. In fact, those looking for a sleeker, more modern or industrial look may want to opt for metal sheeting instead. Aside from its aesthetic appeal, metal sheeting has a range of benefits, including hygiene, strength, durability, and acoustic benefits.
• Aluminium metal sheeting is ideal for doors that need to be more lightweight or that have hygiene requirements; it is also great for external doors that need to provide weather protection.
• Steel is generally stronger than aluminium and is more sturdy and durable. It’s also ideal for fire protection.
Other options include zincanneal, galvanised, and Colorbond.
Other Fire Door Accessories
- 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
- Fully and Semi-Mortised Doorsill Seals
- Concealed Closer Preparation
- Bollection Moulding
- Inlay Panelling
See here for our full price list for fire door accessories.
At FSE Special Purpose Doors, all of our fire doors are fully tested and certified to meet Australian fire resistance requirements. To ask about bespoke fire door options, please contact us at [email protected] or 1300 4 DOORS.