Posted Saturday, March 12th, 2016
Fire-rated doors and frames play a vital role in minimizing property damage during a fire as well as keeping people safe. There are multiple components of a door that can be rated to withstand fire for a specified amount of time. Some of these include: doors, doorframes, window frames, hardware, transoms, sidelights and glazing.
To help you understand which door is best suited to protect your property and people from fire damage, it is important to note three main fire door identifiers. These are rated, listed or approved and labeled.
Products that have been approved to withstand fire for a specified period of time are rated.
Products that have been fire tested and approved through proper listing agencies like the NFPA, National Fire Protection Association.
Products that physically bear a fire-rating label from an approved agency.
To further your understanding, we have identified a list of requirements for fire-rated doors.
Finally, it is prudent to familiarize yourself with Fire Door Assembly Ratings. This is the amount of time a door and its frame and/or hardware has been tested and proved to withstand a fire.
There are 5 ratings total: 20 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour, 1.5 hours and 3 hours.
Cressy Door and Fireplace has a team of certified sales managers and technicians who can assist you with the specifications and installation of your fire-rated doors. Give us a call or send us an email, and one of our team members will be delighted to answer your questions.