When renovating your property, it’s not always clear if you need fire doors or not when you come to replace internal doors or fit new ones. In some circumstances, home renovators may find fire doors are compulsory but this is not always the case. Read our guide for all the information you need.
What are fire doors?
Let’s start with an explanation of what a fire door actually is. A fire door is a door which has been specially constructed and fitted correctly to slow down the rate a fire would pass through the door. Typically, fire doors fitted in domestic premises are known as fire door 30 minutes (FD30), which means they have been tested to resist smoke and flames for 30 minutes.
Does my renovation project need fire doors?
If you have an architect for your project, they can usually advise you what the requirements are and deal with the regulations for you. For smaller renovations, the following building regulations will apply:
- A two-storey house which has a door leading from an integral garage into the house requires a fire door.
- New build or renovated homes with three or more storeys including loft conversions must have fire doors to every habitable room off the stairwell.
What if I’m just replacing my doors?
If you’re getting new interior doors and do not currently have fire doors fitted, standard doors are fine. You might want to consider fire doors anyway as a safety measure, but it’s important to note that fire doors are thicker than standard doors and may not fit your existing door frames.
We always advise that you speak to an experienced joiner if you have any questions about fitting fire doors. Further information can also be found at BWF-CERTIFIRE.
XL Joinery has more than 25 years of experience helping to transform homes and is a leading supplier of interior doors and accessories. Many of our inspiring door designs are available as fire doors so you don’t need to worry about them looking out of place in your home. For more advice and to find out how we can help you, give us a call on 01924 350 500.