Fire Doors

Effective fire-resisting doors are vital to ensure occupants are able to evacuate to a safe place. Correctly specified and installed doors will hold back fire and smoke, preventing escape routes becoming unusable as well as preventing the spread of fire.


Our Fire Door Services:

  • Fire Door Installation
  • Fire Door Inspections and Maintenance
  • Fire Door Repairs

Fire Door Construction

Most internal doors are constructed of timber. These will give some limited protection against fire spread, but only a purpose-built fire-resisting door that has been tested to an approved standard will provide the necessary protection of a designated fire door. Metal fire-resisting doors are also available and specific guidance for these doors can be provided on request. All fire resisting doors are rated by their performance when tested to an appropriate standard.

The level of protection provided by the door is measured, primarily by determining the time taken for a fire to breach the integrity of the door assembly, together with its resistance to the passage of hot gases and flame. It may be possible to upgrade the fire resistance of existing doors. Additional notes and guidance is available on Glazing, Hinges and Self Closing doors and devices from RES.

Please see our interactive fire door page

Fire Safety Regulations

We have all seen or done it before! A fire door wedged open on a hot sunny day or the fire door propped open so that people can easily pass, however premises can be fined and it is dangerous to do this, in fact it is a direct contravention of Fire Safety Regulations in the UK.

In the event of a fire, this hazardous practice will result in the fire spreading quicker, causing more damage and putting people’s lives at risk.

Fire door inspections

Good practice is to inspect timber fire-resisting door sets on a six monthly basis as part of a programme of planned preventive maintenance. These inspections are aimed at identifying defects such as:

  • – Missing or ineffective self-closing devices
  • – Damaged doors/frames and seals etc if fitted
  • – Removal of locks without suitable repairs to the integrity of the doors
  • – Poorly fitting doors caused by distortion or shrinkage, or as a result of wear and tear
  • – Newly fitted, but inappropriate, door furniture
  • – Doors which have been replaced using non-fire-resisting types
  • – Missing mandatory fire door signage (does not apply to flat entrance doors)

We provide fire door reports and surveys, which are usually costed per door. Fire doors are visually inspected and a written report with photographs are provided. We recommend you call us with details of your specific needs, so we can provide the best service to meet your needs.

British Standards

To comply with British Standards, for non residential buildings, fire door inspection and maintenance checks should be carried out six monthly by a ‘Competent Person”. Minor maintenance issues can then be dealt with during these regular checks and future costly repair, or replacement door works can be avoided.

The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 will make it a legal requirement from 23 January 2023 for
responsible persons for all multi-occupied residential buildings in England with storeys over 11 metres in height to:

– undertake quarterly checks of all fire door (including self-closing devices) in the common parts
– undertake – on a best endeavour basis – annual checks of all flat entrance doors (including self-closing devices) that lead onto a building’s common parts.

For full details, refer to Fact sheet: Fire doors (regulation 10) at the HM Gov Website.

Case Studies

Fire door and fire stopping inspections

Fire door and fire stopping inspections.British Standards To comply with British Standards, fire door inspection and maintenance checks should be carried out six monthly by a ‘Competent Person’. Minor maintenance issues can then be dealt with during these regular checks and future costly repair, or replacement door works can be avoided. When carrying out fire [...]

Fire door installations for apartment blocks

Fire door installations for apartment blocksInitial inspection When carrying out an initial inspection, servicing and maintenance visit covering all fire safety systems and measures for 24 apartment blocks in London, we made the client aware of an issue with a corridor in one of the blocks. All six floors above had a cross corridor fire [...]

Fire door maintenance and inspections for school

Fire Door Maintenance and Inspections for Local SchoolCustomer Requirement The head of estates at Leighton Park School asked RES to provide training in the form of a Powerpoint Presentation and an accompanying Fire Door Maintenance checklist that could be presented to caretakers and maintenance staff so that regular fire door inspections and minor maintenance issues [...]


Inspection & maintenance guide to Fire Doors Presentation

Our comprehensive PowerPoint Presentation titled “Inspection & maintenance guide to Fire Doors” covers the following subjects such as the “Importance of having compliant fire doors”, “common fire door faults” and “checking fire doors”.

10 top tips for fire doors in blocks of flats

Provided by Fire Door Safety week from the British Woodworking Federation, this guide provides information on what fire doors do and how fire doors work in a visual format.

FIA - A Guide for Selecting Flat Entrance Door sets

The FIA (Fire Industry Association) has published this guidance that will explain what to look for in a flat entrance doorset.

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Our fire door services cover the South of England including the counties of Middlesex, Essex, Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire including London, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester, Bristol, and the surrounding towns of Aldershot, Basingstoke, Beaconsfield, Bracknell, Cirencester, Egham, Farnham, Guildford, Henley on Thames, High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Marlow, Newbury, Oxford, Poole, Reading, Slough, St Albans, Staines, Swindon, Watford, Windsor, Woking, Wokingham and Worthing.


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