What components should be fitted to a fire door?
A fire door is not just the door leaf. It is a complete assembly comprising the frame, any glazing, intumescent fire and smoke seals and all the ironmongery that is used on the door, such as hinges, overhead door closers, latches and locks.
‘Essential Ironmongery’ are those items that are indispensible to the correct performance of the door assembly. (Such as hinges, closers, locks and latches)
Every fire door can only be tested and certificated with all its components in place. They should be third-party certificated to ensure correct performance.
‘Non- essential’ ironmongery (such as viewers, letterplates) may also be fitted – but they must be correctly installed, in accordance with the door manufacturer’s instructions.
In the event of a fire, a fire door will not work unless all the correct components have been fitted correctly and maintained.
The components must be compatible with the particular fire door assembly with which it has been tested – shown on the fire door manufacturer’s installation instructions.
What happens if I get it wrong?
Small differences in detail such as glazing apertures, intumescent seals, door frames and ironmongery may significantly affect the performance of the door.
The results of changing the specification or not fitting the correct components could be catastrophic. We should focus on any details for components when you installed the fire door.