Special Purpose Doors For Residential: 4 Types You Should Consider
Some homes and residential complexes like apartments and units may require special purpose doors to suit certain needs. Let’s take a look at your options.
There are many types of special purpose doors to consider. And while these are usually most suitable for commercial, industrial and public buildings, there may be some residential dwellings where special purpose doors are required.
Here at FSE Special Purpose Doors, we supply a range of doors to suit all kinds of special needs. Let’s take a look at some of the options that may suit your home or residential complex.
Fire Doors For Residential
Much like hotels and hospitality venues, residential complexes require strict and compliant fire protection systems to ensure the safety of all residents. Fire doors are particularly important for containing flame and smoke, making sure they do not make their way into isolated areas such as stairwells and corridors in the event of a fire.
“Fire door” is a term for a fire-rated door set. Fire doors consist of the door leaf, frame and associated hardware such as handles, locks, viewing panels and air grills. All of these elements will have been rigorously tested in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (i.e. AS1530.4) to achieve their fire rating. You can read more about this process here.
Acoustic Doors For Residential
Some residential spaces present special environments where ambient noise reduction is required. This includes houses with home theatres and other entertainment spaces, audio recording facilities, and specialised workspaces. This is achieved by implementing acoustically treated sound barriers – specifically, acoustic doors.
In Australia, acoustic doors must meet certain ‘Rw’ sound resistant standards set out by the BCA and are tested and certified accordingly (see: ISO 140-3: 1995 – “acoustics – measurement of sound insulation of buildings and of building elements”).
Acoustic doors can be made from a range of materials, such as galvanised steel, laminated steel sheet metals, and feature certain finishes and/or decorative veneers to suit any aesthetic requirements your home may require.
Security Doors For Residential
Some homes present specific requirements when it comes security that standard security doors, shutters or windows do not cover. Aside from these regular safety systems, heavy-duty residential security doors may be necessary for protection against serious threats such as weaponry assaults.
We provide a range of special purpose residential security doors that adhere to Australian building standards outlined by the BCA (AS/NZS2343:1997). Our security range consists of a selection of ballistic doors.
Heritage Door Upgrades
There are some homes in Australia that are heritage-listed buildings and may require special upgrades to meet the current fire resistant ratings set by the BCA (AS1530.4).
This process may involve upgrading hardware (heritage-style hardware can be purchased to ensure the upgrade maintains the existing design and period of the door), dismantling the door so that concealed adjustments and proofing can be carried out, or even replacing the doors altogether.
Read more about fire proofing your existing heritage doors here.