Advice To Leaseholders
On Providing Fire Rated Doors To Flat Entrances
Where fire rated doors are not provided to individual flats these need to
be replaced or upgraded to address the situation.
Fire rated doors are heavier than normal doors and designed to withstand
the passage of fire and smoke for a defined period. Hollow doors or
those with thin panels or plain glass would be not regarded as fire doors.
Those containing substantial areas of Georgian wired glass would also not
The principle is that if a fire breaks out in one unit the door will self close
and reduce the passage of fire into the common areas and adjoining
properties. This allows persons to escape to a place of safety. The extra
time provided can mean the difference between life or death or serious
The following alternatives can be employed to achieve “FD30S” – that is a
fire rated door with 30 minutes fire resistance, provided with intumescent
strips and smoke seals. (‘intumescence’ means the material will expand
when hot to seal the door gaps and thereby increasing the time it will
take for fire and smoke to pass through)
mhs homes do not recommend the fitting of UPVC doors to flats as they
are not regarded as fire rated. mhs homes would be pleased to receive
certification to the contrary in respect of specific doors if this is available.
The options listed are roughly in cost order the more expensive being at
the top. There may be little to choose between 3 and 4 in terms of cost
as the modification cost and associated labour could outweigh the cost of
a straight replacement. A competent carpenter will be able to advise more
1. Factory produced doorset
Provide a made to measure factory produced exterior quality doorset
(door & frame) to meet ‘FD30S’. Manse Masterdor are the present
supplier and installer. Door to include a self closer such as Barrymatic
integral device and a fire resistant letter box.
2. Doorset from a reputable supplier
Obtain a ‘FD30S’ doorset from a reputable supplier
(Jewsons, Travis Perkins, B&Q and Homebase will
normally stock a range of such doorsets). Door to
include a self closer such a slow shut ‘Perko’ integral
device and a fire resistant letter box reputable supplier
and have joinery and door furniture fitted by a
3. Replace the door only with a ‘FD30S’
Replace the door only with an ‘FD30S’ in the existing
frame. Door to include a self closer such as slow shut
‘Perko’ integral device and a fire resistant letter box from
a reputable supplier and have joinery and door furniture
fitted by a competent carpenter.
4. Upgrade existing door
Upgrade existing door by increasing its fire resistance
by fixing a fire retardant board such as ‘Medite’ and
adding intumescent strips and seals. Door to include a
self closer such a slow shut ‘Perko’ integral device and
a fire resistant letter box from a reputable supplier and
have all modification/alteration works carried out by a
by a competent carpenter. This options may not be
less cost than 3 above because of sourcing materials
and the labour element.
Leaseholders in mhs properties can contact ‘Property Services’ on
Medway 354211 for clarification.
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Registered Office: Broadside, Leviathan Way, Chatham, Kent ME4 4LL
Registered under: Industrial & Provident Societies Act 1965 (No.26688R)
Place of Registration: England