I remember the doors between classrooms and corridors in my High School, they were very plain in appearance, though painted in various colours to signify sections of the school and if glazed they had panels of wired glass. At the time I just thought they were utilitarian, boring and probably cheap, what I didn’t realise until later was that these uninteresting doors performed a very important function. They were Fire Doors, that very importantly prevent fire from spreading between areas within a building.
Nowadays, fire doors are used in many situations, not just in public buildings but in many domestic properties. If a house is built over 2 floors, is used as a multiple occupancy or has a loft conversion, then building inspectors require these rooms to have FD30 doors that must resist fire for at least 30 minutes. If a house has an integral garage leading into the property then a fire door is required and depending on the situation sometimes an FD60 (60minutes protection) door is required. These doors should also have an appropriate frame, smoke seals (or intumescent seals) and hardware to provide the same fire protection as the door.
Now this all sounds like it may compromise the appearance and style of the property. This is not the case anymore as a very large amount of timber door designs also have corresponding, certified fire doors.
Kershaws Doors Ltd sell a vast amount of timber Fire Doors with the legal requirement for FD certified doors. In addition they also supply suitable frames, seals and hardware to resist fire. These doors have been tested by demonstrating fire resistance performance to the required time period (e.g. 30 or 60 minutes). There are 5 pages of fire doors on the site including Custom Made fire doors which offer flexibility for non-standard sizes. The drop down menu on each page helps you to choose the size and denotes whether it is a standard or Fire Door.
At present Kershaws Doors have a special promotion on FD30 Fire Certified white doors. They are the Canterbury 4 Panel fire door and the Colonist 6 Panel both classic door designs with pressed, raised and fielded style panels. The very low price of £64.08 each for either style makes these doors an ideal choice for refurbishments, where cost efficiency is paramount. These doors are factory primed, ready for a top coat finish (see our finishing guidelines on the website).