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Fire safety tips for internal doors

11/07/2013
  • If you think that internal doors are chosen primarily on the basis of their beauty then you are not alone. Majority of the homeowners who choose their home doors think of the looks first considering that all doors are made to provide security to every room it covers.

    True enough, the choice of doors is indeed important aesthetically as it can change the overall look of the house, but inside and outside. However, most homeowners are no longer just satisfied getting beautiful doors. With the increasing number of accidents and disaster nowadays, homeowners are now more particular about the safety of their doors both in terms of man-made and natural calamities and disasters.

    The type of internal doors installed in your homes can make a difference in the safety of your family in case of a storm or fire. Most shops that sell doors now have a good inventory of doors that do not only provide security but also fire protection and thermal efficiency.

    No one can blame you if you immediately think of these doors as ugly primarily because of their functions. But there are doors that provide protection but still look great. You have to talk to your interior designer and construction material provider to get the best of both worlds when it comes to these fixtures.

    Even when it comes to internal doors, you still have to follow certain building regulations that exist to protect the public in general. There are specific rules for new structures, home renovations or even extension projects so make sure you are aware of these rules before choosing your doors.

    One of the most important considerations when choosing doors is to consider the existing fire regulations in the area. The law provides that if internal doors lead into a loft or a garage, then a door resistant to fire should be installed. These are doors that are thicker than the traditional doors used indoors and can resist fire for half an hour or even a full hour. In this case, you have to consult with an experienced builder to make sure that your door conforms to the building rules.

    Internal doors are very important because the type of material from which they are made can make a difference in the losses and damages that comes as a result of a fire incident. It is a lot better to have doors that divide each room in the house because it can somehow delay the fire from spreading throughout the house. But then again, that will still depend on the type of material used.