Last week was Fire Door Safety Week – a week of campaigning created by fire safety experts, including BWF Certifire and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS), to raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors.
As a pledged supporter of Fire Door Safety Week, the manufacturers of our GRP and timber doors Masterdor are promoting the campaign and have given some great advice about the difference between FD30, FD30s, FD60 and FD60s fire doors and the right applications for each. We thought we’d share this great advice with you:
So when is a fire door not a fire door?
It’s a serious question that many should be asking when choosing the right fire doors says the team at Masterdor, the door subsidiary owned by Synseal Group. More than three million fire doors are sold annually, but many of these are not fit for purpose due to untested hardware, non fire-rated frames or simply because they haven’t been installed properly.
“A fire door is only a fire door if it is installed correctly, with fully tested, fire-rated hardware and frames which meet British Standards,” says Group Sales and Marketing Director, Andy Jones.
“We have seen an increase in enquiries about fire door specification following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in June, as fire safety has come under wider scrutiny. We get a lot of questions from customers about how to combine the right door with appropriate hardware and frames to ensure that new and replacement fire doors are meeting or exceeding the project’s specification.
“Doors which haven’t been specified or installed correctly run the risk of not performing as they should when it matters the most. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you fully understand the products you are buying and how each of the components have been tested. Our Masterdor experts are always more than happy to answer these kinds of questions and guide customers through our products, hardware and frame options, and offer installation training as required to ensure our fire doors are fitted correctly.”
FD or FDs?
Another question the Masterdor team get asked a lot by customers is, what is the difference between an FD30/60 or FD30s/60s door, and when to sell one over the other.
“Ultimately it’s up to the specifier to make that call,” Andy continued, “but actually a lot of our customers don’t know whether they should be selling an FD30 or FD60 door, or whether they should be upgrading to FD30s/FD60s. The difference is that the latter also have fully tested seals for smoke resistance. These doors have been designed with intumescent seals around the door which have been tested to British Standards to demonstrate they prevent smoke as well as fire from passing through the gaps.
“Some specifiers will require this, while others may feel it’s not a necessity for their project. Either way, we advise that our customers offer both of these doors in their 30 minute range and have a 60 minute fire door available, preferably with smoke protection to cover all requirements. Not many door manufacturers have an FD60s door readily available but we offer this option across both our Benchmark GRP and Craftsman engineered timber door ranges.
“We also offer a wide range of colours and styles across these products so our customers can sell the very best fire doors while still giving the end consumer a bespoke style choice.”
The Benchmark Fire Door range
The Benchmark fire door range, which we at DRS supply includes six FD30s 44mm GRP fire doors available in five colours, and one of the only FD60s GRP doors available on the market. The Craftsman range includes many of Masterdor’s most popular traditional and contemporary engineered timber styles, available in 44mm thickness for a FD30/FD30s fire door or 54mm thickness for a FD60/FD60s fire door. All doors meet BS 476: part 22 standards and are available with fire-rated hardware which meets Secured by Design requirements, and a Sheerframe 8000 PVC-U frame with steel reinforcement which meets BS EN 1643 criteria for FD30s smoke testing.
When installed, the Benchmark fire door will resist fire for a period of 30 or 60 minutes – depending on selection, in accordance with British Standards. Ideal for flats and apartments, many of the Benchmark door styles can be ordered from Masterdor as a fire door option, whilst The Erewash is available in both 30 and 60 minute options.
Benchmark fire doors are available in six of our bestselling Classic colours, proving that choosing fire safety doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style.
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