Fire doors are an essential part of any building’s design, but many people are unaware of the different types of fire doors available on the market. In this blog, we will explore whether fire doors have to be solid wood or if there are alternative materials that can be used. We will also look at the benefits of composite fire doors and how they compare to solid wood fire doors.


How Do Fire Doors Work?

Fire doors work by forming a barrier that prevents the spread of fire and smoke through a building. You won’t be surprised to hear that they are required by law in the UK, and are rated according to their ability to withstand fire for a specified period, typically 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or 90 minutes.

To be effective, a fire door must be able to withstand fire and smoke for the required period. It must also be properly installed and maintained to ensure that it functions correctly in the event of a fire.


Composite Fire Doors in East London

Fire doors are typically made of a combination of materials, including timber, glass, steel, and composite materials. The most common material used for fire doors is timber, which can be either solid or engineered.

Composite fire doors are an excellent option for those looking for a fire-resistant door that is also stylish and versatile. They are made from a combination of materials, including timber, glass, and metal, and can be customised to suit the specific needs of a building a lot easier than timber doors can.

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Advantages of Composite Fire Doors

Composite fire doors have several advantages over other types of fire doors. They are highly resistant to fire and smoke, making them ideal for use in both commercial and residential buildings. They are also available in a wide range of styles and finishes, making them an attractive option for any architects and designers.


How to Choose a Fire Door

When choosing a fire door, it is essential to consider several factors, including the required fire rating, the location of the door, and the materials used in its construction. It is also important to ensure that the door is installed correctly and maintained regularly to ensure that it functions correctly in the event of a fire.

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Q: Are composite fire doors more expensive than solid wood fire doors?

A: Composite fire doors can be more expensive than solid wood fire doors, but they offer several advantages to homeowners, including higher levels of fire resistance and greater customisation options.


Q: Do all fire doors have to be solid wood?

A: No, fire doors can be made with a variety of materials and colours, including composite door materials and metal.


Q: Are fire doors required by law?

A: Yes, fire doors are required by law, in both commercial and residential buildings, and their specification and fitting must meet with current building regulations, to achieve both fire safety and peace of mind.


To find out more about how our composite fire doors at Aim Windows could work for you, contact us by calling 0207 537 0852 or via our online form. Our showroom is temporarily closed, as we are currently in the process of refurbishing and extending our Poplar HQ, but our team are still able to deliver their usual high standard of customer service over the phone or over email.