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Fire Doors

What type of glazing can I choose?

All glazing provided by us is fire rated and available in the following finishes:

●  Georgian Wired Polished Plate (GWPP) – You can see the wire but it is in clear glass.

●  Clear CGI Pyroguard (Clear) – Completely clear.

●  Obscure/Frosted (Sandblasted finish to one side) – Clear glass made obscure by sandblasting one face.

Can I cut a fire door to size?

There are strict guidelines whereby only 3mm per side of a door and 5mm from the base can be trimmed.

What is the difference between an FD30 & FD60 fire door?

FD30 offers 30 minute fire protection and is suitable for all domestic situations. FD30’s is 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 or plant rooms etc.

Can I have an external fire door with a veneer finish?

No, veneers are only suitable for internal purposes – Solid Timber Core in a paint grade ply only should be used.

Can I paint my fire door?

You are only able to paint or varnish plywood fire doors with any good quality product.

Can I use your doors as ‘pocket’ doors?

Doors can be used for pocket systems however please be aware that the beading on all of our glazed door protrudes from the doors adding approximately 5 - 10 mm onto each side of the door.

What is a veneer book match?

Double fire door sets and fire doors in close proximity to each other may require a veneer match in order for the veneer to be evenly matched. A pair of veneer doors need to be bought together as a ‘book-matched’ pair otherwise they will not be certified as a pair. They will also not look the same in either colour or grain.

Where are fire seals located?

If you purchase a lining/frame, these will be ready grooved for insertion of the seals. If you purchase a door only to fit into a suitable lining, we can router your door to accommodate the seals, though please note that if you then need to shave anything from the sides you router depth may be affected.

Which fire doors are compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)?

A DDA fire door must provide a minimum width of 900mm clearance and have suitably placed vision panels, these doors are identified on our website.

What does standard door size mean?

There are 10 imperial standard sizes and 6 metric standard sizes for FD30 fire doors. FD60 fire doors have 4 imperial standard sizes and 4 metric standard sizes. Please see our size guide.

Why do I have to wait for my fire door?

Although many of our doors are available from stock many of them are bespoke and made to order, please contact us if you would like to discuss an urgent order and we will see if this is possible.

How heavy are fire doors?

FD30’s are approximately 45kg and FD60’s are upwards of 75kg.

What is the largest fire door I can order?

The maximum size available is 2440mm x 1220mm.

What is a paint grade ply finish?

Paint grade ply is a finish that would need to be primed and painted prior to installation.

What about certification?

Certification regarding the conformance with BS476 pt 22 is available on request. Many doors will come with their own unique reference sticker affixed to the top. Please do not remove these.

What regulations affect the use of fire doors?

There are a number of regulations which apply to both new and existing buildings throughout the UK. For new buildings (or those which include alterations, extensions or change of use) the Building Regulations apply.

Existing buildings, other than domestic properties, are governed by the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order 2005, otherwise known as the RRO or FSO.


Do I need seals?

Yes, combined heat and smoke seals are designed to stop the spread of smoke and fire and to form a seal between your fire door and frame in a fire situation. Seals come in different colours and sizes. 10mm, 15mm and 20mm are available. 15mm ones are recommended for FD30 fire doors in 1 channel. FD60 has 2 channels.

Do I need a self-closer?

Yes, it is recommended that all fire doors are normally self-closing, unless they are kept lock shut i.e. store rooms or cupboards, though these are not always needed for domestic settings.

What are hinge pads?

Hinge pads are intumescent material used to prevent the hinge burning into the wood in a fire situation.

Do I need to use fire rated ironmongery?

Yes, we only provide recognised fire rated products.

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