Sliding Fire Doors vs Traditional Swinging Doors

Choosing the right fire doors for your building projects plays a critical role in ensuring optimum safety. Both sliding and swinging fire doors can be viable options, depending on their purpose and functionality in a given space.

There are many different variations of fire doors on the market. However, despite their differences, all certified, tested and regulation-compliant fire doors are designed with one common goal in mind – offering protection in the event of a fire emergency by preventing the spread of flames and smoke, for a stipulated period of time, depending on the door’s Fire Resistance Level (FRL).

Choosing the right doors for your building projects is dependent on a number of factors, including the size and purpose of the internal space, architectural regulations, and design requirements. Here at Fire Safe Doors, we specialise in all things fire door related, including the manufacture, supply and installation of both sliding and swinging fire doors. Today, we’ll be going over both types, and giving you the lowdown on their structural components and respective practicalities, so that you can make an informed decision about which door to opt for.

1. Sliding Fire Doors

The material components that make up sliding fire doorsets include door leaves, track brackets, counterweights and steel facings. Sliding door systems are available in both manual and automatic formats, making them more versatile depending on the application. Sliding fire doors can be highly useful in cramped or crowded spaces, where creating as much room as possible is a priority.

Because sliding doors don’t swing open, they can be easier to open in emergency situations. That’s part of the reason why sliding fire doors are often installed in hospitals, parking areas, restaurants, schools and warehouses. Additionally, if the fire doors installed in your building will be experiencing a lot of usage throughout the day from staff, patrons, vehicles, etc., a sliding door may be the more appropriate choice, due to the high cycle operators obtainable for them, and their sturdy construction. 

2. Swinging Fire Doors

Swinging fire doors are available in single (one door) and double (two-door) varieties. They comprise door leaves, frames, heads, jambs, hinges, locksets, hardware, louvers and protection plates. As far as the swinging direction of the door is concerned, door leaves should swing in the egress direction of travel, especially if they are installed in environments containing high-level hazards and fire safety risks. 

One benefit of swinging fire doors is their ability to be modified to accommodate a building’s, and its resident’s, security needs, due to existing door latching and door locking systems. However, in the event of a fire emergency, this can also have a negative impact, by potentially obstructing the safe exit of individuals dealing with a fire emergency. Thus, important that a  solution to this factor is strategised during the design and installation process.

Have a fire door related enquiry? We’re happy to help. Contact Fire Safe Doors at [email protected] or call (02) 9070 0732, and we’ll work through a plan for your needs. 

Custom Designed Fire Doors

Every building has its own set of requirements, including the shape and design of its door. That’s why Custom Designed Fire Doors are an integral part of our services.

Many unique components form the basis of a legal, functioning fire door. Some of these components are set-in-stone, but others can be manufactured to fulfil specific needs.

Today, we’ll be covering your material options for Fire Doors as well as further customisation options.

Material Options for Fire Doors

There are three main types of Fire Door construction materials: Steel, Glass, and Timber.

Steel is the most versatile option, very easily constructed to withhold fire for 30 minutes (FD30) or 60 minutes (FD 60), depending on your building’s requirements.

Glass Fire Doors rely on fire-rated glazing to ensure safety. Glass Fire Doors are commonly chosen for their aesthetic quality, particularly for modern buildings.

Timber Fire Doors are beautifully and carefully crafted. However, they usually offer the least amount of fire protection.

Customisable Fire Door Options

Fire Door Frames:

In 2012, Fire Safe Doors invested in a facility that efficiently manufactured quality Fire Door Frames to various specifications.

Our metal frames, standard or non-standard, in both fire-rated and non-fire-rated forms, are all made from quality materials.

We’ve been able to alter measurements and turn around customized fire door frames within 2-3 days (depending on the size of the order) ever since.

Fire Door Panels:

Fire door panels are an important piece of fire equipment and are designed and installed in most building types. Fire door panels and their installation must be completed following specifications set by Australian Standards and the BCA. Applicable certification is also an important factor in this process.

A wide variety of door panels are available, and our staff will assist in selecting the most cost-efficient panel type to meet our client’s requirements.

All door panels supplied by Fire Safe Doors can be provided to suit requirements for rebated door sets and seals, vision panels, return air grilles, electric locks, and selected architectural hardware.

Why Customize?

Customisation offers a myriad of advantages:

Safety: The size and thickness of your fire door directly correlate to its ability to withstand fire and smoke for longer time periods. Simply put, a customized fire door with thicker measurements will limit fire spread for a longer period of time. It’s definitely worth considering a thicker fire door if a room in your building regularly contains people or products that burn quickly.

Acoustics: Fire Doors don’t just have to protect you from fire. They can protect you from excessive noise too. In addition, we can customize our fire doors’ materials and thickness to assist in soundproofing a particular room.

Aesthetics: If you’d like your fire door to match the aesthetic components of your building, a customized order might be right for you. We can work with you to ensure that our fire door’s materials, measurements, and design fits comfortably with your buildings’ heritage and established protocol.

Have a fire door related enquiry? We’re happy to help. Contact Fire Safe Doors at [email protected] or call (02) 9070 0732, and we’ll work through a plan for your needs.