Fire Rated Doors: Importance and Benefits for Your Commercial Property
By Khashayar Toodehfallah Posted June 8, 2021 In Property Management
Fire rated doors are an essential idea for any commercial building. This is because of their special properties that can be helpful in case of a fire. Since fires are surprise events, considering fire safety can ensure the protection of your inhabitants. In this article, we will discuss the different types of fire doors. Next, we will discuss the different material choices. And lastly, we will discuss the benefits of using this kind of door in commercial properties.
Why are fire rated doors important
Fire rated doors are designed to buy time for the occupants of the building. This is because they act as a barrier between the fire and other rooms. On top of this, a good fire door is also a protection against smoke and fumes. By doing this, the door stops the fire from spreading to other rooms. Depending on the rating, these doors can hold back the fire from 20 to 90 minutes. These ratings take into account the stability of the materials and the hardware under fire exposure. When shopping for doors, pay attention to the UL rating. For instance, a “UL 20” door indicates that the testing facility has approved the product for 20 minutes of exposure.
Your material choices
These doors come both in wood and steel. Many people assume that wooden doors can not withstand fire. Fire rated doors come in galvanized, cold rolled, and hot rolled steel materials. However, if made well with the proper treatment applied, wooden doors can also be fire rated. In addition, a filling such as compact plywood or composite core can improve the fire rating of a door. The most important note here is that you will not be forced to sacrifice design. No matter the architectural style and your building’s brand, there a capable design team can help you find the right door. At Canuck Doors Systems we have more than 40 years of experience in this regard. Get in touch for a consultation regarding your needs.
Another important aspect is the door style and shape. Double doors, steel frames, bolted, and more can all be fire rated. However, it is important to note that the door style can affect its fire rating. For instance, double doors cannot have the same rating as steel frame single doors. It is important to first consider the risk and the potential benefits. Having a clear set of expectations can help you better choose a rating without compromising on style.
Benefits of fire rated doors
Beyond the obvious benefits mentioned above, fire rated doors have some nuanced benefits as well. For one, using these doors well, can create a safe-zone along your exit route. If you fire rate the entry to your stairways, hallway, or lobby then your residents can exit without panic. In addition to this, by containing the fire to one specific area, you can save on renovation. Renovating a smaller area can prove to be much more cost-effective than remodeling the whole interior. Using fire rated doors can also increase the life-time of your building. Fires can have devastating effects on the structural integrity of your building. If the fire rages for too long and in too many areas, the fire can damage the structural lumber. This will prevent you from safely returning to your building and have put many out of business.
Commercial buildings such as offices, stores, and hotels cannot go without fire rated doors. Creating a safe exit route for your residents and employees is essential to building trust and protection. On top of that, you can reduce the financial impact of a fire by protecting equipment and documents.
In conclusion, having a fire safety plan for your building can benefit your inhabitants and property. A fire door is an essential part of that plan. When choosing a rating for your door, remember that numbers are not the full story. Fire ratings are a result of lab testing in a controlled environment and using brand-new doors. For one, wear and tear can reduce the rating of any door. In addition, some chemical fires may burn hotter than the test fire. And lastly, a bad installation job can compromise the fire rating of a door. It is important to consider the risks you are protecting against and to always choose skilled technicians.
At Canuck Door Systems, we have extensive experience helping commercial clients install the right fire rated door. Our clients range from offices to hotels all around the Greater Toronto Area. Call us now to get a quote and realize your safety plan sooner than later. Our experienced technicians offer an unparalleled level of care that is essential to the long term resilience of your door.
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