The importance of correct fire door installation
Fire doors save lives. They are designed and manufactured to delay the spread of fire and smoke through a building. When you’re involved in the construction or renovation of multi-occupancy buildings, fire doors play an essential role. Although today’s fire doors are tested to some of the most stringent industry standards, if they’re not correctly installed, they won’t provide the necessary protection.
Meeting fire door legislation
At Newview, we employ a team of fully accredited fire door installers. Our fire door installers are accredited by BM Trada’s Q-Mark scheme and have undergone rigorous training to ensure they fully understand the theories behind preventing the spread of smoke and fire. Both the training they receive, and their on-site experience enables them to provide a professional fire door installation service every time.
All our fire door installers know exactly what is required of a fire door. They will check every component of the door to ensure that it meets the required standard, paying particular attention to:
- Smoke seals
- Intumescent strips
- Door hardware including hinges, locks and latches
- Emergency signage
- Overhead door closers
When correctly installed and maintained, all these components work together to create a door which will resist fire and smoke proliferation for a specified time (30 or 60 minutes depending on specifications).
Common fire door installation errors
It’s important to bear in mind that fire doors are part of a delicate ecosystem – the door leaf, frame, ironmongery, intumescent seals and the gaps (between the door, frame and floor; and between the frame and the structural opening). All the elements in this system need to work together to be fully functional along with a chain between main contractors, architects and specifiers, manufacturers and building owners that links the system together.
The problem is, the chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The moment a door is incorrectly specified, incorrectly installed and worst of all, not properly maintained by the Responsible Person, means the chain is broken and the door becomes ineffective at preventing the spread of fire.
If you’re unsure about correct fire door installation, it’s always best to contact the experts. At Newview, we take the stress out of your building project by providing a safe and professional fire door installation service every time.
Some of the most common problems we’ve seen with fire door installations by other companies are:
- Missing or incorrectly fitted fire and smoke seals
- Gaps around the perimeter of the fire door (between the door and its frame)
- Incorrect or insufficient signage
- Unsuitable hinges
- Damage to the door (either occurring over time to wear and tear or during installation)
These faults could be the difference between life and death, so don’t take a chance with fire door installation. If in doubt contact Newview.
Whether you’re a landlord, public building manager or homeowner and you require professional fire door supply, installation and certification, Newview can help. For more information about our fire door installation service or any of our products and services, get in touch today. Call us on 01903 244 449 or send us a message online.