The Fire Door Fitting Specialists
At Adaston, we have extensive experience in fire door fitting across a range of sectors. From high-rise apartment blocks to education settings and healthcare sites, our bespoke fire door installation plans are tailored to your needs.
Each plan includes consultations, inspections and the supply and installation of compliant and certified fire doors, all of which are covered by our IFC third party accreditation.
We supply and install fire doors to meet your bespoke requirements and all elements of a building’s fire strategy are considered. Any fire doors we supply are installed to the highest standards by expert joiners and adhere to the latest legislation.
To understand more about the different requirements of fire doors, we’ve written The Conclusive Handbook on Fire Door Regulations.Contact Us
Scope of works and deliverables agreed • Full fire strategy of the building provided by the client • Deadlines and timetable agreed, including any out of hours work required
Work as agreed in the scope is coordinated and performed • This will be delivered by our in house firestopping team accredited by FIRAS and cleared and insured
Finalise and issue our tailored report detailing findings from the scope of works • Adaston advise on next steps if required and provide continued support
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Have to Install a Fire Door?
Yes, fire doors must be installed in all properties that are used for commercial purposes, public use, and residential buildings of multiple occupancy. Fire doors are essential to meet building regulations, protect your property, and to allow for the safe evacuation of its occupants in the event of a fire.
Can Anyone Install a Fire Door?
Fire doors must be installed correctly to ensure performance in the event of a fire. Ultimately, improper installation can be the difference between life and death. Installation methods and materials vary depending on a number of factors, including product type and the individual building, so an in-depth knowledge of the industry is vital.
For this reason, building safety legislation states that fire door installation should be undertaken by a ‘competent person’. This means that you should not attempt to install a fire door yourself, but rather you should get a professional fire door fitter to install and test the door for you.
Who is a Competent Person to Install Fire Doors?
It is vital that fire door fitting should only be conducted by competent fire door installers with the necessary training and experience. This is because incorrectly installed fire doors will not provide adequate protection for occupants or the building. A competent person is someone who has professional experience in this field, understands the relevant fire door regulations, and is specifically trained to install fire doors.
Carpenters, joiners and builders are not necessarily trained in fire door safety, which is why you should only consider qualified fire door installers for this important task. If you require fire door installation for your building, we also recommend that you look for someone who is accredited by a third party for complete peace of mind, and proof that they demonstrate the capability, traceability and quality of work required. As fire safety experts, we’re fully accredited and qualified to help with all your fire door needs. Get in touch today.
What are the Most Common Fire Door Failures
The main reason that fire doors must be installed by a competent person is because a fire door is much more complex than a regular door. Fire door installation includes the door leaf, doorstop, frame, smoke seals, hinges, latches, closers, locks, and more. All of these components must be certified and correctly installed for the door to be fully effective. Any one of these parts, when poorly fitted, could render the door ineffective. Common fire door failures or faults include:
- Doors incorrectly installed or damaged
- Excessive gaps around the door
- Fire seals incorrect, damaged or missing
- Incorrect or unclear fire door signage
- Incorrect, faulty or poorly fitted hinges
- Faulty door closers
As well as proper fire door installation being crucial, maintaining a fire door is just as important. Properly functioning fire doors can be guaranteed with regular fire door surveys.
How Often Should Fire Doors be Replaced?
While there is no defined law on how long a fire door lasts before it needs replacing, the condition of every fire door should be checked at least every 6 months.This is to ensure they remain in good working order and preserve the fire compartmentation of your building. If your door is in a high-traffic area and therefore used more frequently, then the rule of thumb is that it should be checked more regularly.
How Long Should Fire Doors Keep Fire Out?
At a minimum, a fire door must be able to resist fire for 30 minutes. However, some specialist fire doors can last even longer. Each door is given an “FD rating” which tells you how long it can keep the fire out. The different ratings you generally find are:
- FD30: Withstands fire for at least 30 minutes
- FD60: Withstands fire for at least 60 minutes
- FD90: Withstands fire for at least 90 minutes
- FD120: Withstands fire for at least 120 minutes
The specific type of fire door used depends on the type of building, location, and the individual fire strategy. Your passive fire protection specialists will advise accordingly.