Sliding Fire Doors – What Are Your Options?

Providing the safest environments possible for your building project and its future occupants is of utmost importance for any architect or builder. Let’s take a look at sliding fire door options.

Sliding fire rated doors are excellent solutions when it comes to designing and managing your fire risks and are used widely to meet Australian Building Code regulations as per AS 1905.1-2005.

When to Install Sliding Fire Doors

Sliding fire door systems are best suited to larger buildings with a high level of foot traffic. At FSE Special Purpose Doors, we commonly supply sliding fire doors to:

Sliding Fire Doors & Your Options

There are several options and possibilities when it comes to designing, manufacturing and installing your sliding fire door systems:

  1. Fire Resistance Ratings: Like regular fire doors, sliding fire doors can be manufactured to suit your desired fire resistance requirements. This can include 1, 2, 3, or 4 hour doors.
    The rating you choose will depend on your specific fire wall systems and what ratings you need to remain compliant with the building code regulations of Australia.
  2. Fire Door Materials: Sliding fire doors can be manufactured using a range of materials, such as steel, aluminium, metal glass fibre and timber glass fibre.
    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
  3. Opening & Closing Systems
    The Building Code of Australia (C3.6) states that all sliding fire doors must be fitted with an electro-magnetic device that will:
    (a) Automatically close the sliding doors more than 30 seconds, but no less than 20 seconds, after the door is released
    (b) Link to an emergency system and automatically deactivate if a fire, smoke or warning system / alarm is triggered
    Electro-magnetic devices can also be overridden using a manual button or switch. This allows occupants to keep the door open if necessary, and close it using a manual release.
    • Magnamatic Devices are common and reliable opening/closing electro-magnetic solutions that can be installed in conjunction with your sliding fire doors. Inquire about Magnamatic here
  4. Aesthetic Options
    A variety of finishes can be applied to sliding fire doors in order to match the appearance and design of your space.
    Many sliding fire doors can also made from glass. This is a popular option that introduces extra visibility into the building and also enhances the presence of natural light and maximises the appearance of the space.

Other Regulations When Installing Sliding Fire Doors:

  • Warning Devices: A red, flashing light must be installed on either side of the doorway, along with a suitable audible warning device
  • Signage: The words “WARNING – SLIDING FIRE DOOR” must be displayed on each side of the fire door, directly above the opening; the sign must be in capital letters, at least 50mm high and must be in a colour that easily contrasts with the colour of the background

FSE Special Purpose Doors in Sydney is a leading designer and supplier of fire rated doors and sliders. We can also assist you with the correct hardware and accessories to make sure your door is 100% compliant.

At FSE Special Purpose Doors, all of our fire doors are fully tested and certified to meet Australian fire resistance requirements. To view our fire doors, please contact us at [email protected] or 1300 4 DOORS.