How Do Sliding Fire Doors Work?

Sliding fire doors are very useful in a wide range of spaces where larger openings are required to allow for heavy traffic. Let’s take a look at how they work. 

Sliding fire doors are suitable for a range of residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Sometimes a conventional side-hung door is not feasible, particularly where large openings are required in walls to allow for the efficient movement of plant or equipment, people, vehicles and machinery. And in these cases sliding fire doors are perfect.

How Do Sliding Fire Doors Work?

Sliding fire doors are typically large steel or glass panels, that are hung on a rail or rack. They can either slide horizontally or vertically, depending on their application. Vertical-rolling sliding doors are typically made from heavy-duty metal and function similarly to a rolling garage door. Horizontal sliding fire doors are usually made from a glass, metal, wood or a combination of the three.

These kinds of fire doors are usually kept open and only close in the event of a fire, hence they must be linked to an emergency system that automatically activates if a fire, smoke or warning system/ alarm is triggered.

FSE sliding fire doors are rated up to 4 hours – this can include 1, 2, 3, or 4 hour doors – are available in steel or plywood finish, can be lead-lined for acoustic performance and up to a maximum size of 5500mm in height and 8000mm in width.

E-Core® Doors are popular fire door options that can suit sliding systems well. They are made from non-laminated construction materials and are very lightweight and versatile, making them excellent sliding solutions that can still provide reliable fire protection.

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What Kinds of Sliding Fire Doors Are Avaliable?

The type of sliding door that will be right for you will depend on the desired functionality of the door, the size of your space, and the performance you require in the event of a fire hazard or emergency.

It is quite common for a building project to utilise a combination of different sliding door options depending on the fire protection needs and the size of each individual space. These are the different options avaliable from FSE Special Purpose Doors.

Single leaf sliding doors – These are most ideal for building with limited entryway space or that require fire doors to be installed in tight corridors.

Double or bi-parting sliding doors – These fire doors are ideal for doors and passageways that may be larger, but that still have limited space and cannot incorporate hinged doors.

Parallel or triple sliding doors – Parallel or triple sliding doors are excellent solutions if you are facing a lack of space, since these doors can act as a makeshift wall or divider in the space. Parallel/triple sliding doors are also frequently made of glass/glass fibre in order to enlarge the look of the space and maximise the flow of light throughout.

Horizontal or overhead sliding doors – These types of doors are best for buildings with a wide span egress where side hung doors are not practical; horizontal doors can be operated manually, automatically or via remote control and can also be fitted with wicket doors if required.

Automatic Door-Holding Devices

As per the Australian building code (C3.6), all sliding fire doors must be fitted with electro-magnetic devices that have the ability to automatically close in the event of an emergency, to prevent the spread of fire, smoke or other dangers.

For further information on sliding fire doors in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or any other destination across Australia, contact FSE Special Purpose Doors at [email protected] or +61 2 9905 8222.