Fire safety is critical in any building. And as fire regulations tighten up it is vital that certain products keep up to date. Introducing W20 steel doors fire rated.
We can all agree that traditional style steel doors are a great addition to modern and old buildings alike. And as their popularity grows, they are increasingly being used to separate interior living spaces rather than for their intended use of external windows and doors.
Up until fairly recently, the W20 profile used in steel windows and doors has only been certified for fixed partitions. Although this would still allow for great looking interiors. It consequently means door openings would have to be closed off.
Glass and steel creates internal walls that allow natural light to flow throughout the property.
For this reason doors leading from hallways to bedrooms / kitchens require to be traditional 44mm timber fire doors. Therefore, limiting the use of the steel doors in residential and commercial settings. In general these wooden doors are also often bulky and unsightly. Hence another more decorative solution is desired.
Upgraded to 30 minute fire integrity
Now, W20 Original Steel doors can be made to a fire integrity of 30 minutes. This includes fixed screens and single, double doors up to a maximum height of 2400 mm. Openings that are taller can be filled with fire rated fixed lights. Resulting in huge glazed partitions that create internal walls dividing up living spaces whilst keeping natural light at a maximum.
The difference between Non Fire Rated and W20 Steel door Fire Rated
Do not be confused with companies offering "steel doors with fire rated glass'. These are merely standard uncertified steel doors. Frequently they are fitted with a 30 minute fire rated glass. And nothing else.
The w20 steel doors fire rated have been completely overhauled. They are reinforced and subjected to fire integrity tests. This ensures the doors and fixed lights will withstand fire, heat and smoke for a minimum of 30 minutes.
FD30 tested steel doors undergo a huge amount of alterations to ensure their integrity:
- Every opening section has additional steel interlocking and strengthening bars. Welded on that work to keep the door shut in the event of a fire,
- Handle and lock housings are reinforced with a solid steel plate,
- 7.2mm fire rated glazing is held in place with intumescent fire tape that expands when heated,
- Even the glazing beads have been upgraded. Steel studs are used. These are fire resistant to higher temperatures,
- The perimeter of each frame and door is fitted with fire retardant foam tape that expands and secures the frame in place,
- Doors are fitted with smoke seals to the underside.
and the list goes on.
In summary, a lot of work has gone into ensuring these doors will withstand rigorous tests. As a result these great traditional steel doors can be used in more applications throughout your home and commercial/ office spaces.
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