What Makes Fire Doors Different From Other Internal Doors?
If you’ve spent any time browsing our range, you may have spotted several fire doors amongst our stock. At a glance, they don’t look too different from the other internal doors amongst our range – so what makes these better at protecting you if the worst should happen? This week on the blog here at Savoy Timber, we thought it was worth taking a bit of time to respond to that very question, so you can find some of the answers below!
The Crucial Role Of Fire-Rated Internal Doors
All fire safety products are, obviously, primarily designed to fight the spread of flames – some directly, some indirectly. Mostly they’re all divided into two categories: active and passive. Active fire systems include fire alarms, fire extinguishers and sprinklers; that sort of thing. Passive systems, on the other hand, include our fire doors. Rather than extinguish the flames, fire doors have a dual role – to slow the spread of the flames by acting as a barrier to other rooms, and also to provide a means of escape if necessary for any people still in the building.
These dual roles are reflected in its design, which has to be sturdy enough to stop the fire but otherwise easy to use under everyday circumstances. Many of our internal fire doors here at Savoy Timber fit into the most common category, FD30, which indicates that they can reliably resist fire for at least thirty minutes. So then, how do they work?
The Hidden Workings Behind Internal Fire Doors
We know there’s one question in particular that might be flitting around your head right now – how can a door be fire rated if it’s wooden? Wood burns, right? Well, yes, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Most fire doors have a solid-core construction which can include particleboard, flaxboard chipboard, and solid timber. On top of that, they’re also fitted with what’s called intumescent strips. When these strips get hot, they expand to seal the gap between the door and the frame, blocking as much of the fire and smoke as possible. It’s all quite clever.
These strips are what enables us to make the 30-minute guarantee for all of our FD30 fire doors, and trust us when we say that we take your safety very seriously here at Savoy Timber, and as you’d expect, all of our fire doors have been constructed and tested to all the required specifications. What’s more, we’re able to offer these in a variety of styles and finishes to suit your home; in other words, you don’t have to choose between safety and style!
You can browse our full selection of fire doors on our website, or pop into any one of our stores in Preston, Blackpool or Wigan to see them in the flesh, where one of our friendly members of staff will be only too happy to answer any questions or queries you might have.