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Top 5 Signs Your Building Needs a Fire Door Upgrade

Insights from Drywall Systems Construction

Fire safety should be at the top of your list when considering building maintenance and improvements. Fire doors are a crucial component of a building’s fire safety infrastructure. They offer passive fire protection, preventing the spread of fire and smoke, and providing vital escape routes. Bournemouth-based company Drywall Systems Construction, specialists in firestopping construction and drywall remodelling, sheds light on the top five signs your building may require a fire door upgrade.

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Existing Doors Lack Fire Resistance

Regular doors are not designed to withstand the high temperatures of a fire. Fire resistant drywall and fire doors, on the other hand, are made from materials that can withstand heat for a specified period, typically between 30 to 120 minutes. If your current doors aren’t constructed with these materials, it’s a clear sign you need an upgrade.

No Intumescent Seals

Intumescent seals are a key feature of fire doors. They are passive fire protection materials designed to expand when exposed to heat, sealing the gaps between the door and the frame, thus preventing the spread of fire and smoke. If your current doors lack these seals, consider this as an immediate sign that your fire safety needs enhancing.

Noticeable Damage

Fire doors, like any other part of a building, can suffer from wear and tear over time. Damages like warped panels, misaligned frames, or broken door closers can severely impact the functionality of fire doors. If you notice any of these signs during a routine check or drywall remodelling, it might be time for a fire door upgrade.

Lack of Compliance

Fire door specifications and standards are continually updated to enhance safety measures. If your building’s fire doors haven’t been upgraded in several years, they may no longer meet the current fire safety regulations. Drywall Systems Construction, experts in firestopping construction, can help ensure your fire doors are compliant with the latest standards.

Absence of Certification

All fire doors should come with a certification demonstrating they have been tested to withstand a specific amount of time in a fire scenario. If your doors lack this certification or if it’s expired, you should consider upgrading to certified fire doors.

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The Importance of Professional Fire Door Installation

Installing fire doors is not a DIY job. It requires specialist knowledge and skills to ensure they function correctly in the event of a fire. Drywall Systems Construction in Bournemouth provides professional services, utilising fire resistant drywall and other passive fire protection materials, to ensure the utmost safety in your building.

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    Upgrade Your Fire Doors for Enhanced Safety

    Fire safety is paramount in any building, and fire doors are a critical element of this safety protocol. If you’ve noticed any of the signs above, consider reaching out to Drywall Systems Construction for an upgrade.

    With our expertise in firestopping construction and drywall remodelling, they can ensure your building is equipped with high-quality, compliant fire doors. Don’t compromise on safety – ensure your fire doors meet the required standards and offer the best protection possible.

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