A beginners guide to the world of fire doors

Doors are not created equal. Size, material, purpose, acoustic requirements, the list goes on. Today, we explore the type of door capable of saving lives. Fire Doors. 

In the unfortunate event of a fire, a fire door could be the difference between life and death. Today, we look over the basics of fire doors and how they function. 

What makes up a fire door?

The materials that go into a fire door are extremely important, to ensure that it can keep a potential fire at bay and occupants of the building safe. A fire door is normally assembled with a solid frame of timber or fire-resistant glass. If the fire door is built of glass, it should be able to stand its ground against fire for at least 60 minutes before softening and melting. Enough time to be rescued. The genius engineering doesn’t end there though.

An intumescent seal should surround the edge of any quality fire door (certainly all of ours), designed to expand when temperatures exceed 200 degrees. This creates a seal between the door and the frame, blocking fire and smoke from getting through. A cold smoke seal will also assist in combating the heat. There are multiple iterations of fire doors, including double-action fire doors and sliding fire doors, but we’ve covered their basic mechanism.

What is the purpose of a fire door?

Obviously, a fire door is intended to save lives. But how? Well simply put, they function on two levels that other doors can’t cover. Firstly, when opened they allow people to escape. Other doors do this of course, but when a fire door closes, it creates an essential barrier that minimises the spread of the fire, keeping humans on one side and a brutal force of nature on the other. FSE Fire Doors come in multiple heights and widths, perfect for residential properties as well as commercial.

Where might a fire door need to be installed?

Fire doors are rightfully a legal requirement in commercial buildings, though installing one in a large residential property is also perfectly sensible. You’ve most likely spotted fire doors at

  • Hotels
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Commercial kitchens
  • Mines
  • Industrial places
  • Schools, TAFES, and universities

Wherever there is an increased risk of a fire or a large cluster of individuals, a fire door is a must.

Contact us today

Here at Special Purpose Doors, all of our fire doors and fire door hardware have checked off the requirements of the Australian Building Code Standards (i.e. AS1530.4).

Our wide range of fire doors ensures we can install into any building, fitting specific requirements. Our experienced team also holds the resources to match your buildings’ aesthetic and functional needs, such as room acoustics.

FSE Special Purpose Doors manufactures Automatic Doors for numerous industries throughout Australia.

If you have more questions about Special Purpose Fire Doors in general, you can find our products here. To book a quote, phone 1300 4 DOORS, or contact us.

Did this article leave you with even more questions? Check out some of our other great blog posts: 

Fire doors: common questions and answers 

Smoke door regulations all building owners should know

A handy guide to special purpose doors