Buying Custom Fire Doors: 4 Things You Will Need To Consider
If you are in the process of buying fire doors, you will need to consider a few things as you make your decision. Let’s take a look at what these are.
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 custom doors.
When it comes to buying custom fire doors, is a range of options to consider. The main things you will need to think about when creating your doors are their configuration, fire resistance level, the material they are made from, and any accessories you may want to include. Let’s take a look at each of these factors.
Custom fire doors can be configured in a number of different ways in order to suit the needs of a space.
• Hinged fire doors – Our 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 (either inwards or outwards), 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 doors – Sliding 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 doors – Swinging 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 (and can also be released manually), 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.
For example, if a door has a required FRL of 60/90/60 is will need to maintain structural adequacy for 60 minutes, integrity for 90 minutes and insulation for 60 minutes, as tested to AS1530.4. You can read more about this process here.
Fire doors can be made from any range of materials, such as wood, timber, steel, gypsum, MDF and even glass (or a combination these). What you choose will depend on a number of factors.
• The type of construction you are working on and the fire resistance level that the door needs to fulfil.
• The size and thickness of your custom fire doors; while there may be some flexibility, you may find that certain doors/materials are only available (or certifiable) in certain sizes or thicknesses
• The purpose of your fire door. For example, if your building contains certain products that are prone to burning quickly (like paper, chemicals etc), you may want to choose a steel door with a high fire rating that will stop the fire from spreading to other areas fast.
• The aesthetic or design choices that are intrinsic to your construction; some builds may be purely functional, but others may involve specific aesthetic design choices, so this may also affect the type of material or finish you choose (for instance, a residential client may want their custom fire doors to be wood or glass, but not steel)
• The strength and long-term durability that will be required and what impact that has on the decision of what type or brand of fire door you choose. The internal construction, weight and overall performance of the fire door need to be taken into account.
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
- Fully and Semi-Mortised Doorsill Seals
- Concealed Closer Preparation
- Bollection Moulding
- Inlay Panelling
At FSE Special Purpose Doors, all of our cfire doors are fully tested and certified to meet Australian fire resistance requirements. To ask about buying custom fire doors, please contact us at [email protected] or 1300 4 DOORS.