• Fire doors And Why They Are Essential For Loft Conversions

    By SWD Team

    Loft Conversions And Fire Doors

    Whilst loft conversions can be one of the most cost-effective ways to increase space without having to build out, it does however throw up a wealth of considerations. Here SWD answers some common FAQs:

    1. Do Fire Doors need to be fitted in loft conversions?

    Yes, fire doors are essential in loft conversions. Building Regulations provide that when converting an existing roof space into a room, or rooms, the provisions for escape need to be considered. This often means that additional fire protection will be necessary in the existing parts of the house. For example, a typical loft conversion to a two-storey house will result in the need to provide new fire-resisting doors and sometimes partitions to protect the stairway. Because it is too dangerous to rely on an escape route via windows from floors above first floor level, there is a  need to create a safe corridor from the loft to the outside of the building. Any doors to an escape route will also need to be changed to fire doors to help prevent fire spreading.

    Ultimately, if a fire was to break out anywhere in the home, those in the loft conversion need to have access to a safe and protected exit. To help with this we can supply fire doors, in bespoke and standard sizes, which offer protection from the spread of fire and smoke for 30 minutes (FD30) and 60 minutes (FD60). You can view our range here.

    2. Do fire doors in a loft require door closers?

    Building Regulations now allow fire doors to be fitted without self-closers as some homeowners didn’t like their aesthetics. However, to afford maximum protection to the escape route, it is  important to use fire doors correctly by ensuring they are kept closed,  particularly at night.

    3. Do fire doors have to be unattractive?

    Historically fire doors tended to be functional yet unattractive, but times have moved on with function, style and elegance all part of the design of modern fire doors with no compromise in safety. Take a look at some of our recent projects where you will be able to see some of SWD fire doors installed. An example of such shown below would be a new build in Cobham by the Hyatt Group in which the house won several UK property awards. The doors that were used are the Model R109 which were finished in walnut and stood a full 2.2 metres high. Most of the doors fitted were fire doors, including the glazed double doors off the main hallway, which are our model R109-4V. All the doors supplied were traditionally hung into solid walnut linings with complimenting solid walnut architraves. You can view more of this project here.

    Loft conversion fire doors

    4. Are Fire Doors Heavy?

    Yes. Our fire doors weigh approx 45kg. However, when fitted correctly they can open and close with minimal effort and give a reassuring feel of substance.

    More people are choosing to improve and upgrade their current home, rather than moving into a new house. Fire safety requirements can cause anguish for many homeowners. But it is vital to get them right to satisfy building regulations. Taking a moment to understand the fire safety involved in loft conversions means avoiding the hassle and expense of moving while gaining more living space, and increasing the value of your home.

    If you would like to discuss your project or thinking of doing a loft conversion and need any advice please contact us to speak with one of our knowledgeable fire door experts.



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