Does your fire door need replacing?
At FSE Special Purpose Doors, our fire doors are incredibly sturdy and made to last as long as possible. However, there will come a time when your fire doors need to be replaced.
If you are unsure about the quality of your existing fire doors, here are five reasons why they may need replacing.
A damaged core
All commercial and industrial fire doors have a solid core, including fire doors. Because of their solid interior, they work to provide better sound and heat insulation, durability and privacy, as well as fire safety. However, these cores can become compromised over time, which will have an impact on the integrity of the door. In some cases, repair is possible, however, a full replacement may be needed.
This is when the layers of composite material that comprise a fire door begin to separate, compromising its integrity. This is usually due to exposure to the elements, and cyclic stress over time. Repair is possible if the damage is purely cosmetic. However, this there’s a chance this has affected the core, or if the damage is too extensive to repair, replacement will be necessary.
Corrosion is the deterioration of metal due to reactions between it and its environment such as moisture. All metals used in fire doors can eventually corrode. If a fire door has rusted, it will usually need to be replaced. If rust appears on the outside, there’s a good chance it is present on the inside, and this can have a significant impact on its integrity.
Damage due to an external force like vandalism, forced entry or an accident is a common reason for replacing fire doors. Depending on the extent of the damage, partial repair may be sufficient, however, in most cases, it’s a good opportunity to upgrade. If your door was damaged because of forced entry, it is usually a good indicator that your door has a weak point
Fire doors must meet national standards and requirements set out by the Building Code of Australia and the relevant Australian Standards (AS 1905.1 and AS1530.4). If your fire doors are quite old, they may no longer be compliant with current standards and they will need to be replaced. In some cases (for example, if the door is in a heritage listed building), certain components can be updated to meet current standards. However, a complete overhaul, or replacement, may be required.