When it comes to protecting your home or commercial building from the spread of fire, fire doors play a crucial role. FD60 fire doors, in particular, are designed to resist fire for up to 60 minutes, providing a high level of protection for people and property.
In this article, we will provide an overview of what FD60 fire doors are, their differences from FD30 fire doors, their thickness, where they are required by law, and if they need smoke seals and intumescent strips.
Additionally, we will explain how to identify an FD60 fire door and whether you need 30-minute or 60-minute fire doors. Lastly, we will discuss whether it’s a good idea to install a fire door yourself or to hire a professional. This information will help you make an informed decision about the fire doors in your building and ensure the safety of your home or commercial property.
What is an FD60 fire door?
An FD60 fire door is a type of door that has been designed and tested to resist the spread of fire for up to 60 minutes. These doors are typically made from a combination of materials, such as steel or timber, and are designed to provide a barrier to fire in order to protect people and property.
What is the difference between FD30 and FD60 fire doors?
The main difference between an FD30 and an FD60 fire door is the amount of time they can resist the spread of fire. An FD30 fire door has been tested to resist fire for up to 30 minutes, while an FD60 fire door has been tested to resist fire for up to 60 minutes. This means that an FD60 fire door provides a higher level of protection than an FD30 fire door.
What thickness is an FD60 fire door?
The thickness of an FD60 fire door can vary depending on the manufacturer and the specific materials used. However, as a general rule, FD60 fire doors are thicker than standard interior doors. They are typically between 44mm and 54mm thick.
Where are FD60 fire doors required?
According to UK regulations, buildings with three or more floors are legally required to have fire doors installed. At RSS Interiors, we believe that fire doors are crucial for the safety of all properties, not just those that are legally required to have them. Even though 60-minute fire doors may not be mandatory by law for other buildings, they still provide a valuable safeguard for your home and loved ones.
A 1-hour fire-rated wall is required to have a 1-hour fire-rated door. The door rating needs to match the wall rating in order for the system to provide the intended level of protection in case of a fire.
Do FD60 fire doors need smoke seals?
Yes, FD60 fire doors are typically required to have smoke seals. These seals are designed to prevent smoke from passing through the door in the event of a fire. They are typically located around the perimeter of the door and along the bottom edge.
Do FD60 fire doors need intumescent strips?
Yes, FD60 fire doors are typically required to have intumescent strips. These strips are designed to expand when exposed to heat, creating a seal around the door to prevent smoke and flames from passing through.
How can you identify an FD60 fire door?
An FD60 fire door can be identified by looking for a label or stamp on the door. This label will typically indicate the fire rating of the door, as well as any other relevant information such as the manufacturer’s name and the date of manufacture.
Do I need 30-minute or 60-minute fire doors?
The type of fire door you need will depend on the specific requirements of your building and the level of protection you need. It’s important to consult with a fire safety professional to determine the appropriate fire rating for your doors.
Do all fire doors need signage?
In the UK, all fire doors must be clearly identifiable as such. This includes the use of appropriate signage, such as the internationally recognized “Fire Door Keep Shut” sign. This sign is typically located on or near the door and serves as a reminder to keep the door closed to maintain the integrity of the fire barrier.
Additionally, self-closing fire doors must have a sign indicating the door is self-closing and closing devices must be maintained in good working order.
Can I fit a fire door myself?
While it is technically possible to install a fire door yourself, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional to do the job. Fire doors are an important safety feature and must be installed correctly in order to function as intended.
At RSS Interiors, we specialise in the supply and installation of fire doors. We have a wide range of options available, including FD30 and FD60 fire doors. Our team of experts will work with you to determine the best solution for your building, and our fully trained and qualified installers will ensure that your fire doors are installed to the highest standards.
Contact us today for more information or to request a quote.