Installing a Fire Door

Installing a Fire Door

All you need to know about the installation of a fire door,  materials, labour and time frames.

Introduction to the Costs of Installing a Fire Door

Installing a fire door is a simple act that can save precious lives, belongings and homes – providing it is properly installed. If you are thinking about hanging a fire door, read this useful guide to learn about what you can expect if you decide to fit a fire door.

What is involved in installing a fire door?

With all of the tools that we have at our disposal to reduce the dangerous results of a fire, the installation of any fire door is a serious matter. A legal requirement in most commercial or accommodation premises and some larger homes – hanging a fire door is a job that must be done in order to stop fires spreading and keep multiple people and buildings safe. Not only you and yours, but the people and buildings that surround too.

What should you expect if you are planning to install a fire door? Fire doors are specially created to prevent fires spreading, so they must be fitted carefully and precisely to ensure that they perform at the optimum level in the event of a fire. Make sure that your fire door is certified and any ironmongery is compatible. You should receive documentation along with your fire door that includes fitting instructions.

How are fire doors fitted?

The fitting of your fire door will involve the attachment of the door frame and door, which must be checked to ensure that the levels and clearance meet the exacting requirements for the door and that the fire door fits within the frame properly. Next the door header will be secured and the gaps around the frame tightly packed with insulating material on every side. Finally the trims will be attached. Once hanging, a fire door safety check need to be carried out, to check that the door closes firmly onto the latch from any angle, all hinges are fitted robustly, there are no bits missing from the door etc.

This is more than the replacement of a standard door. This is distinctly a health and safety measure that could mean life or death, where your fire door will need to pass a fire door safety check. Therefore, you must ensure that the door is installed by an experienced tradesman that has done this many times before and has the documentation to prove it. Please see the FAQs below for further information.

What additional costs can arise from a fire door? During the fitting of your fire door, it is useful to be aware where additional costs could arise from; further work to the door frame to ensure that your fire door fits properly, any new door frames that may be required, additional tradespeople if necessary to enable the transportation of heavier, wooden fire doors or to physically lift and hang the fire door or the clean-up costs to remove the mess created during the installation. Clearly any additional work and changes will cause your final cost of fitting a fire door to rise, so it is useful to include these possible extras as considerations in your budgets and plans.

What is an average fire exit door cost?

The average cost of a fire door is typically between is around £90- £300, but may be more for more premium types. The fire door costs typically increase based on additional considerations, such as; their suitability for use as an ordinary use door, heavier doors for greater effect, smoke seals or other useful features. There may also be further material costs, depending on the level of renovation work that could be involved.

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Door Finishes

If your new internal doors are supplied unfinished, you will want to ensure that you choose a quality finishing product to maintain their long term appearance and performance.

There are numerous brands available on the market and we fear that some are formulated to achieve a low market price rather than quality.

If you are purchasing any unfinished doors from JB Kind, it is imperative that they are sealed on all faces and edges to help protect the guarantee.

Good quality solvent or acrylic finishes may be used, but check that they are suitable for use with timber laminates or veneers.  Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and avoid over applying the treatment, particularly the first coat.  If in doubt, consult a specialist Decorating Merchant.

For a perfect oak door finish

We strongly recommend the following finishing products that have been tested on our unfinished oak internal doors with excellent results.

Manns Premier Door Oil

Manns Premier Door Oil

All-in-one natural hard wax oil that dries to a natural clear matt finish.

Suitable for unfinished timber veneered doors.

Easy to apply and does not peel or flake.

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Manns Extra Tough Interior VarnishManns Extra Tough Interior Varnish

Clear, water based varnish that is available in 4 sheen levels.

Manufactured to achieve superior durability on interior wooden surfaces.

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How to oil an interior wooden door


Natural oils such as Danish Oil, tung oil and linseed oil are not suitable for use with any of our products.  These solutions are penetrating oils and are not suitable for use with veneered doors.  Please refer to our Essential Door Care & Maintenance Advice for more information

How To Choose A New Door

external doors

The doors you install at entrances in your house play several roles, not the least of which is keeping you, your family and your property safe. They also add to the aesthetics of your property, but you must choose a door that works best for your property. Getting it right is essential because a wrong choice means your door will not work in harmony with the overall structure and design of your house. Continue reading

The Different Types of Wooden Doors

Wooden doors are among the best doors that you can consider for your house. Wooden doors can be used as both external and interior doors. There is a broad range of such doors, constructed from ideal timber that will compliment any style of décor. The doors provide a great first impression of your house to visitors. Below are the most common types of wooden doors that you can select from.

Derby with Canterbury glass and Fleur de lys fittings

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Door Heights Across The Pond

How UK and US door heights compare amongst each other

Petworth oak double glazed door with natural finish

A wooden door, in a UK standard size.

If you have read our previous post on door sizes throughout the UK, you might like this one. In the previous article, we noted subtle differences in dimension on both sides of the Scottish border. This time, we take a look at how door heights differ on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

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A Creative Use of Recycled Doors

How recycled doors form part of Stefaan De Croock’s portrait work

Recycled doors image by Lauryn Lukin (via Shutterstock).

Recycled doors Image by Lauryn Lukin (via Shutterstock).

Old wooden doors don’t always die. Some end up as bonfire wood or become coffee tables. In the early 1980s, their use was suggested as part of nuclear fallout shelters in the Protect and Survive booklet. Stefaan De Croock has a more unique way of repurposing recycled doors, and the results are awesome.

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Why Choose Oak Wood Doors?

The benefits of having oak wood doors

Bespoke oak wood doors

Stylish: as seen in a modern style, Oak doors can be effective.

As wood goes, there is nothing more elegant and traditional than the mighty Oak. It is a tree that is associated with all things English, olde worlde, and the National Trust logo. Or Sherwood Forest, where the old oak tree is associated with Robin Hood. Nothing reflects solidity better than oak wood doors.

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