October 7, 2016

Fire resistant doors are an important safety device. They represent a building’s passive fire protection system that is an essential requirement for the public facilities, factories and offices.

What exactly does that mean? It means that doors in this case serve the purpose of helping to slow down the spread of fire and smoke throughout the building by keeping it contained within a certain area for a longer period of time. If fire occurs in the space with fire doors installed, people will have extra time to escape from the building where the damage will also be limited. This measure makes sure that people are safe, and the facility damage is reduced to the lowest level.

Recently, we talked about the fire rated acoustic doors that Burke Joinery has added to their portfolio of products, and also how have we supported Fire Door Safety Week to raise safety awareness. Now, we wanted to introduce you to how exactly are fire doors being tested and how is it certified that the doors are performing to the predicted level. Besides that, we often receive questions concerning fire doors. Therefore, we decided to compile a list of FAQs to help you out in finding your answers.

  1. Do I need the fire doors?

Fire doors are necessary in office buildings and business facilities. They are used as a security measure against the occurrence of fire. Fire doors are also used in residential areas by individuals who are safety aware. Fire doors are a part of passive fire protection system, and as such, are recommended for use.

  1. What is the difference between standard doors and fire doors?

Standard doors are not used as a fire protection instrument as opposed to fire doors which are used as a tool against fire occurrence. In other words, standard door won’t help in case a fire occurs in your facility, while fire doors will slow down the spread of fire throughout the building and therefore give people extra time to escape.

  1. Is there any difference between installation of fire doors and standard doors?

Yes. The difference is significant as fire doors need to serve as a fire protection tool. As a life- saving product, the door must be fitted correctly as it is crucial for the door’s performance in the event of a fire. Fitting instructions are normally supplied with the door, but it is extremely important to follow the instructions so the door could perform as predicted.

  1. Can I paint my fire door?

Yes. The doors can be painted with any good quality product.

  1. What is the difference between FD30 and FD60 fire door?

FD30 offers 30 minute fire protection and is suitable for all domestic situations. FD30’s are available in 44mm thickness.  FD60’s offer 60 minute fire protection, these are available in 54mm thickness and are suitable for higher risk premises and some high risk rooms such as boiler rooms.

  1. How are fire doors being tested?

The process of testing starts by setting the door into a suitable construction followed by conducting a fire test (doors are set on fire) to determine a period of resistance. The testing is done with the independent third party testing company. Check out the video of real fire testing of Burke Joinery’s door with Exova below.

  1. What are the main specifications of the doors that Burke Joinery produces and where were the doors tested?

Fire rated doors we tested are 30 and 60 minutes fire resistant (FD60 and FD30). They also feature an acoustic performance which means that the mentioned doors serve as a sound insulator. Fire rated doors we produce were tested with Exova, a global leader in the provision of technically demanding laboratory-based testing, calibration and advisory services.

After the testing, we can just share our joy for achieving great results and providing our customers with the single market solution for FD30 + FD60 ratio with the highest possible dB sound reduction.

Fire doors after testing

Proud of results achieved, however keeping up with the further innovations and trends. We have already set aside an active programme of research and development over the next 5 years to achieve the optimal performance in fire performance and high level acoustics combined.

Enhance your safety today and embrace our philosophy: think safe, act safe, be safe. It takes just one door.