Picture this: You are a discerning automobile buyer. You want an Audi A4, but your dealer tells you it only comes in blue, red or green. But orange is your favourite colour. Yes, the car still fulfils its purpose. It’s nice looking and gets you from A to B.
However, it’s not the colour that you want. You’re paying a premium price, and if the dealer wants your business, they will move heaven and earth to find an A4 to meet your specifications—even order one made to your specs.
The same applies to a bespoke fire door. If you’re designing or upgrading a space used by the public, you have to consider fire safety. Safety standards are not optional. Any fire door that meets the fire safety standards will get you through the building inspection. However, your fire door, like your business, should be bespoke.
You could get ‘off-the-shelf’ fire doors, and many fire door manufacturers have them stored in warehouses ready to ship. The problem is, your building requires specific sizes, shapes and fitted door frames. Of course, there are design aesthetics to consider.
…But Fire Doors Need That ‘Wow’ Factor
We live in a world where image is everything. This is certainly the case for architects and designers, who want their end-product to have the ‘wow factor’. This even comes down to the look and feel of the doors that populate your building. Now, more than ever, bespoke fire doors are the way forward for those seeking to create a strong visual impact.
Fire Doorsets are the Safety and Aesthetic Solution
Your key considerations go beyond the door leaf. You want to combine safety with aesthetics for that perfect synergy that includes:
- -Safety measures to protect escape routes as your people leave the area
- -Protection for your structure’s contents by limiting the spread of the fire and meeting insurance requirements
- -Design and access that helps firefighters save your property
So, you’re looking for a doorset package that includes bespoke—i.e., made to order—components:
- -The door frame and leaf manufactured from fire-resisting timber tested to the 20-, 30-, 60-, and 90-minute standards
- -The doorset hardware—hinges, latches, door closers, pivots for double-acting doorsets, etc.
- -Intumescent seals and smoke seals that expand and hold back the fire and smoke—i.e., seals that are installed as strips, papers, mastics (resins used as filling material), etc.
Speaking of fire door frame seals
The vital seal components are fitted to the sides and top edge of the door leaf, or in grooves throughout the frame. Seals for glazed openings can be rigid or flexible, and the glazing must meet the same fire resistance standards as the rest of the doorset.
Smoke seals are an extra safety layer since smoke is the major cause of death in fires. Even when not specifically required by Building Regulations, add smoke seals to block the intrusion of smoke to adjacent areas through:
- -Built-in brushes into the seal casing
- -Flexible fins added to the intumescent seal
- -Compressed and fitted seals fitted into the door frame
- -Seals that automatically drop down into the bottom of the door
You Can Get Your Bespoke Fire Doors
Whatever your unique safety, security or fire door needs are, RW Joinery has the product solutions. We don’t list prices, because every need is different. Contact us and we’ll help you cost out your fire door project.
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