Fire Door Installers
At JMPFP, we pride ourselves on our distinct understanding of fire doors, their purpose and what their installation entails, whilst being able to adapt and tailor to your specific needs and requirements.
Our experienced Managing Director leads the way for our trained specialist installers who have carried out fire door installations in an array of different sites and builds.
Alongside our labourers, we have a friendly team working at the office ready to deal with all your fire door questions and queries, on hand every Monday to Friday!
What Is The Fire Door Installation Process?
A common misconception is that a fire door has the same installation process as a normal door; this is quite far from the truth. The installation of a fire door is a complicated and detailed procedure and requires the skill of somebody thoroughly trained in fitting fire resistant doors.
When installing a fire door, you must consider:
- The particularity of manufacturing and installing a fire-rated door frame.
- The sealing of all perimeters that will be subject to gaps.
For any door to work as it should, it must be able to move within a door frame. This makes gaps unavoidable but not unworkable. These gaps are sealed with intumescent strips, which are chemically designed to expand when exposed to severe heat, filling any gap that could allow smoke or fire to protrude.
- Articles such as latches, locks, handles and hinges. Fire doors will not work as they should if the correct ironwork has not been installed and maintained.
What is a Fire Door?
A fire door prevents the spread of fire and smoke from one compartment of a building to the next for a specified amount of time – typically 30 or 60 minutes. A fire-resistant door is usually made up of a combination of materials, including:
Fire doors are heavy and are designed to be kept closed with no gaps. In fact, fire doors should automatically close behind you; and, any gaps between a wall and a fire door must always be secured with a fire-resistant sealant.
On that note, it is also not just the door itself that saves lives, protects property and minimises damage. The correct installation of compliant handles, joints, hinges and sealings is equally important too. When fire meets certain materials, it’s not unheard of for these materials to become disjointed, warped and misshapen, this can also be said for doors. This makes it paramount that all installations are carried out carefully and accurately to current standards in case of any movement that could cause fire or smoke to escape through a gap.
Why Are Fire Doors Important?
Fire doors are vital for two standout reasons:
- When closed, they act as a barrier to prevent smoke and fire from transferring to one room to the next.
- They contain fire in one compartment, giving occupants longer to escape while also giving fire services longer to get to the scene.
- When open, it provides occupants a means of escape from a fire.
Fire doors can be beneficial in all buildings, but they are very important and also mandatory in most commercial buildings and houses of multiple occupancy including blocks of flats, student accommodation, hotels and sheltered accommodation. Larger homes, particularly those of 3 or more storeys, must have fire doors installed between all stairwells and all habitable rooms – not including bathrooms. This is because fire doors restrict the fire from spreading to communal areas and corridors, allowing occupants the chance to escape.