People who live, occupy, or work in a building should have protection from a fire. However, this is not always the case. A structural component of the building may fail to perform its function, a fire safety device may malfunction, or an exit door may warp, locking in the people inside with a blazing fire.
Because fire break outs endanger the lives of building occupants, it is a must that you invest in materials designed to protect people against these tragic and life-threatening incidents. One way to achieve this goal is through the installation of fire rated wood doors.
What are fire rated doors?
At is core, these are doors that have fire-resistance rating. They play a major role in passive fire protection systems, as they can considerably minimize the spread of fire. They can also block smoke between compartments, reducing the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning. All in all, they allow for the safe exit of people from a building or a structure consumed by flames.
What are the options available?
Manufacturing companies offer a multitude of options to consumers in need of fire-rated doors. These include 20-minute, 45-minute, 60-minute, and 90-minute wood doors. The number represents the length of time the doors can safely protect the building’s inhabitants, giving them the time they need to safely exit the premises. The higher the number, the longer the time people can make it to safety.
Will these doors clash with the other doors in a house?
This depends, but most of the highly reputable manufacturers of fire rated doors make their products aesthetics as close to their clients’ non-fire rated doors as possible. In other words, you will find these doors in styles, colors, and designs that will easily blend with the rest of your home’s doors.
Are there laws surrounding fire rated doors?
Yes, there are certain laws that fire rated doors should meet. Some of the major code requirements for these doors include UL 10(c) (1998), UBC 7-2 (1997), UBC 7-2 (1994), UL 10(b) (1997), ASTM E2074, (2000), NFPA 252 (2003), and CAN/ULC S104 (1980 R1985).
When selecting among the various fire rated door options you have, make sure they are in compliance with the above-mentioned standards.