Yehudit Laine. door. August 06th , 2017.
A fire rated door is a very heavy door made of materials like metal or gypsum. Its main purpose is to hold back smoke and to contain fire. The term fire rated means that the door, when installed properly, is not supposed to combust during a certain time period in the average fire. Time ratings vary and some standard ratings include 20-90 minute doors. Depending upon area small companies or government agencies may determine fire ratings.
Let's run through the many advantages of composite doors. These doors are made from glass and aluminum in combination with other materials. Composite doors are more durable than their wooden counterparts. Even doors made from the best possible wood are not termite resistant and tend to wear off with every passing year. Their polish and gloss seems to loose any shine. Over exposure to water tends to rot wooden doors. Once they wear off the only option is to replace them, which is again a costly affair. On the other hand the composite doors are not only durable and strong buy also retain their beauty and strength.
Many of these doors are solid, but some have a window, which can be covered with fine mesh. In order for the door to still be considered fire rated, any glass or other transparent materials used have to be rated too. Often, the doors are installed in what are called rated walls, which have also been tested for their ability to contain fire and not combust within a certain time period.
There is no better time to correct any stylistic imperfections with your garage door than when you are already investing in getting a new garage door installed or taking care of a needed garage door repair. However, a color and design change may well be worthwhile for your garage door even as a stand-alone, special project; and certainly should be a part of a general renovation to give your home's exterior fresh curb appeal.
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