What is the difference between an FD30 and an FD30S fire door?
Fire Doors are available in various fire ratings and provide different levels of protection according to the needs that apply to the use of the building and the people that use it.
At Vigor Doors, our standard Fire Doors hold a FD30 or a FD30S rating.
FD30 is the most common specification for Fire Doors leading to escape routes. These doors are built to resist fire for up to 30 minutes.
FD30S Fire Doors not only resist fire but are also able to stop the spread of cold smoke, due to them having smoke brushes in addition to intumescent strips. Smoke inhalation is the cause of death in around 42% of fire-related fatalities, so these strips on doors that FD30S-compliant Fire Doors could be the difference between life and death in some cases.
An FD30 fire door is fire resistant up to a minimum of 30 minutes, whereas an FD30S fire door is fire AND smoke resistant up to a minimum of 30 minutes. The additional S in the rating shows that the door is also smoke resistant.
What Role Do FD30s Play In Fire Safety?
Buildings are compartmentalised to delay the spread of fire from one area to another.
Usually, these compartments are linked by fire doors to allow the flow of traffic around the building.
Fire doors have two important functions in a fire. They:
1. Form a barrier to stop the spread of fire when closed
2. Provide a means of escape when opened
A well-manufactured and properly installed FD30s will delay the spread of fire and smoke without hindering the movement of people and goods around a building or workplace.
As such, all FD30s are subjected to tests to determine how capable it is of acting as a barrier to varying degrees of smoke and/or fire depending upon its location in a building and the fire hazards associated with that building.
Can you repair fire door glass?
Yes, you can repair fire door glass. Ideally, the door must go back to where it was made, to be repaired in proper factory conditions before being sent back out.
What is fire rated glass?
Fire rated glass is a clear pane of glass in normal circumstances. However, in the event of a fire (and therefore under a certain temperature), the glass cracks and falls away leaving an intumescent sheet behind. It forms part of the passive fire protection system in place.
Do fire doors need vision panels?
Fire doors do not need vision panels, it all depends on your unique requirements.
Can fire doors have glass panels or a window?
Yes, fire doors can have glass panels or a window, but it depends on a number of factors including the door core or the fire rating required. This glass must be fire rated glass with a thickness which matches the FD rating you require.
What is an internal fire door?
An internal fire door is any fire door internally within a building.
How often do fire doors need to be inspected?
Generally fire doors need to be inspected annually, unless there’s an issue. Even if there is a minor issue with one, ALWAYS flag this up incase a fire occurs.
Who are ASDMA?
ASDMA are the Architectural and Specialist Door Manufacturers Association. One of the association’s key objectives is ‘to promote and increase best practice in the manufacture and supply of bespoke timber doors and doorsets’. They are a good resource for all members of the bespoke timber industry.
Can I get a custom fire door made?
Yes, you can get a custom fire door made. At Vigor Doors, custom fixtures and fittings can be added to our standard sized fire doors. We can also manufacture custom sized doors, and add these fixtures and fittings too.
At Vigor Doors, we are experienced in creating custom orders. We have a number of contacts within the industry enabling us to deliver your custom requirements with ease. It is best to
contact a fire manufacturer (like ourselves) and explain your individual requirements. They may be able to offer you a better value option.