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 Guidance, Advice and Training

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. Metal fire-resisting doors are also available and specific guidance for these follows. All fireresisting 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.

RES are FIRAS certified for Fire Door Maintenance and Timber Door Installations  

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 or frames
  • – 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 per which are usually costed per door. Fire door reports are visually inspected and a written report with photos is provided. We recommend you call us with details of your specific needs so we can provide the best service to meet your needs.

Case Studies

Fire Door Maintenance Inspection for School

In this case study see how we worked with the head of estates at Leighton Park School  to provide training materials on Fire Doors.

Fire door installations for apartment blocks

RES installed a number of fire doors for apartment blocks in London

Fire door and fire stopping inspections

RES carried out a six monthly fire door inspection and maintenance visit to our customer site.


Fire Door Maintenance Checklist

Our free Fire Door Maintenance Check List can be used by staff to regularly inspect and record all the fire doors at your premises.

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.

Related News

Fire Door Safety Week 2021

Each year, the British Woodworking Federation run a campaign to raise awareness of the critical role that fire doors play in saving lives and protecting property…

RES team attend Fire Doors Explained Course

Our Engineers recently visited the Warrington Fire Test Laboratory, read the article about their experience.


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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