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Smoke Seals and Fire Doors

Essential Safety Element in Firestopping Construction

At Drywall Construction, our commitment to the safety of UK homes and businesses is as strong as the walls we build. This commitment particularly shines in the unsung heroes of fire safety: smoke seals and fire doors. These elements might be less visible in everyday life, but their role in firestopping construction is crucial. Today, we’ll delve deeper into their function, importance, and how they seamlessly integrate into the design and structure of our projects.

Fire Door Installation

Understanding Fire Doors and Smoke Seals

Fire doors are specially designed doors with a core of fire-resistant material like gypsum (the primary ingredient in fire drywall). They are an essential part of any building’s passive fire protection system, designed to resist the spread of fire and smoke between separate compartments of a structure. However, a fire door is only as good as its seals.

Smoke seals, often an overlooked aspect, are vital for comprehensive fire protection. They are fitted into or onto the fire door or frame, expanding in response to heat, sealing off the gaps to prevent the spread of deadly smoke and gases during a fire. Without effective smoke seals, the life-saving design of a fire door is significantly compromised.

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The Value of Firestopping Construction

Firestopping construction — the process of implementing protective measures to prevent the spread of fire within a building — is vital for ensuring safety. Fire doors and smoke seals play a central role in this, offering a line of defence that can contain a fire, save lives, and reduce property damage.

Drywall in construction, specifically fire drywall, is a popular choice for firestopping. Made from a layer of gypsum sandwiched between two layers of paper, fire drywall is designed to resist fire for up to four hours, depending on the thickness used. When used in combination with fire doors and smoke seals, it creates a robust fire safety system that can significantly enhance the safety of a building’s occupants.

Drywall Construction's Expertise

Here at Drywall Construction, our team of experts prioritises fire safety in every project. Whether we’re working on a residential property, a commercial building, or a public institution, we bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the task of installing fire doors, smoke seals, and fire drywall.

Our experts understand the rigorous standards and regulations in place for fire doors and smoke seals in the UK. We ensure each installation meets or exceeds these requirements, providing an extra layer of reassurance for the occupants.

Unseen but Never Unimportant

While the elements of firestopping construction may not be as visible as other aspects of a building’s design, their importance can never be overstated. Fire doors and smoke seals may stay unseen in day-to-day life, but in the event of a fire, they become a vital line of defence.

At Drywall Construction, we understand that every component we install – from the most prominent drywall feature to the smallest smoke seal – plays a significant role in creating safe, secure buildings. We are committed to ensuring that our work not only meets aesthetic and functional expectations but, crucially, exceeds safety standards.

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    Build a Safer Future With us

    In the world of construction, what is unseen is often as important as what catches the eye. Smoke seals and fire doors exemplify this principle, playing a crucial role in the fire safety of buildings. Whether you’re embarking on a new build or upgrading an existing structure, prioritising these components within your firestopping construction plans is not just a regulatory requirement; it’s a commitment to safety that could save lives.

    With Drywall Construction, you can be confident that every element of your project, from fire drywall to smoke seals, is in the hands of experts who care about the safety of your building as much as you do. Together, let’s build a safer future.

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