Glazed Fire doors are a legal requirement in the majority of buildings in the UK.
Schools, hospitals, hotels, B&Bs, offices, dental surgeries, nurseries, doctors’ surgeries, university halls and even private residences like apartment blocks and house extensions must install fire doors to protect occupants in the event of a fire.
Fire Doors Can Look Elegant
The problem for years was that, while incredibly important, fire doors didn’t necessarily look particularly attractive.
Often, fire doors were heavy, solid-wood, lubberly things – and if they did have windows, they often featured wired safety glass. A fire door was all about functionality and installed solely as a requirement. If it didn’t go with the decor or theme of the building, well, tough luck.
This has become an even larger problem since fire safety building regulations were tightened even further, with many private homes or living spaces now also requiring fire doors. Imagine designing a beautifully thought out living room and getting it expertly decorated, only to have to plonk an unsightly solid fire door in the corner!
Thankfully, things are a little different these days.
With modern glazed fire doors, you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re installing all the necessary safety measures to keep staff, customers, guests or residents safe in the event of a fire, without having to compromise on the way that your rooms look.
Modern Glazed Doors Are The Way Forward
If you’re looking to have fire doors installed in your building, glazed fire doors give you the freedom to choose from designs that will look just as great as they function – a stylish, protective and important addition to absolutely any building in 2021.
Here are some of the reasons why glazed fire doors are the perfect choice for you and your building.
A Wide Choice of Styles Available
We know that schools, hospitals, residential buildings, hotels, lecture theatres and offices all serve very different purposes – but one thing that they do have in common is that UK law demands that they must all have fire doors installed.
However, what works well in one setting may not look right in another – which is why glazed fire doors are the right way to go.
With glazed fire doors, there are a much wider array of styles available, including different:
- Shades and types of wood
- Window placement and shapes
- Styles of ironmongery
All designed or customised to suit you and your tastes!
With glazed fire doors, you are far more likely to bring your building up to the correct standards of fire safety without needing to compromise on the interior themes of your building.
Even private homes these days can incorporate stylish, modern fire doors that don’t look as though they have been transported from the 80s – glazed fire doors can be designed and customised with aesthetics at the forefront.
Not only do glazed fire doors offer crucial protection against fire and deadly smoke, but they are heavy-duty enough to provide acoustic protection, too.
Acoustic protection is a huge benefit of heavy-duty doors, allowing everyone in your home or office to enjoy a little more peace and quiet.
Sound levels are measured on the decibel (dB) scale, with conversation at a regular volume coming in at around 35dB. Given that the average standard wooden door will only offer around 20dB of soundproofing, it’s definitely worth upping your fire safety and soundproofing levels by opting for glazed fire doors instead.
The difference that the addition of soundproof glazed fire doors would make to the majority of settings aside from increasing fire safety levels is astronomical, including:
- Contributing towards a better quality of sleep for occupants or guests
- More privacy for meetings
- Fewer distractions within learning settings, such as schools, colleges or universities
Let Natural Light Flow In
The flow of natural light in any setting can make a huge difference to the way a place feels and looks. A lack of natural light can make settings seem a little dark, drab and miserable. And that’s no good for mental health and wellbeing or productivity.
Glazed fire doors are definitely the way to go if you want to keep your building protected while letting in plenty of natural light.
There are a wide range of different window styles available that allow in varying levels of natural light without compromising protection, such as:
- Narrow panes
- Circular panes
- Half-door panes
- and even glazing which takes up the majority of the door
A Great Look That Keeps People And Properties Protected
The most important reason for installing fire doors is, of course, to keep occupants as safe as possible in the event of a fire.
The beauty of glazed fire doors is that they are just a more aesthetically-pleasing, yet no less effective, way of doing that.
At Vigor Doors, our glazed fire doors are offered as standard or can be specifically designed and customised to your taste.
Either way, the Vigor Doors fire door you choose will look great and keep building occupants safe.