Do your fire doors need replacing?

FSE Special Purpose Doors, manufacture fire doors that are built to last. Despite their high quality, there are some reasons why they might eventually need replacing. 

If you are considering replacing your fire doors, check out some major signals that you should do just that!

Compromised core

All commercial and industrial fire doors have a solid core, including fire doors. These 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 electrochemical reactions between it and its environment. All metals used in fire doors can corrode, some quicker than others, and there are many types of corrosion.

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.

External force

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.

Contact us today

FSE Special Purpose Doors are experts in all aspects of door manufacture and installation and have particular expertise in fire doorscustom fire doorssolid core doorsheritage door upgrades, acoustic doors, and radiation shielded doors. We supply and deliver fire doors to Sydney and throughout Australia. If you want like to learn more about timber veneered doors – or about Special Purpose Fire Doors in general, you can find our products here. To book a quote, phone 1300 4 DOORS, or contact us.

Are you interested in learning more about special-purpose doors? Check out some of our other great blog posts: 

Fire doors: common questions and answers 

Smoke door regulations all building owners should know

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