A Fire Door Separating Your Home From the Garage is Essential
Most elements of house architecture sometimes go overlooked. Perhaps the most critical information which is lacking is health. For starters, consider the following question: “Does my garage door to my house have to be fireproof or different from the other doors in my home?” The response is a resounding “YES.” Excluding the kitchen, the garage is the house’s most possible space for starting a burn. If you think about all the fuel ingredients that it includes, diesel, paint thinner, noxious substances, there is so much risk of fire not guarding against spreading. A door classified for fire is built to prevent a fire from blowing it open. The period it purchases could represent the difference between secure evacuation and catastrophe. Read more on Firewall Barrier.
When your garage is isolated from your home, the normal protection is yours. The gap between the buildings will serve as a barrier to flames. Many residences also have a garage attached to the living room. The adherence to a few guidelines is relevant in such situations. The International Residential Building Code, which has been adopted in many locales, requires a 20-minute fire rated door, a solid wood, or solid or honeycomb core steel door of not less than 1 3/8″ thickness. I recommend choosing a door which the 20-minute fire rated door. This designation means that the door has been tested to withstand penetration by a fire for at least 20 minutes. The door should have a label which states that it has been tested by the Underwriters Laboratory for safety and state its rating. If you want more security, you can always exceed the minimum rating and install a door with an even higher rating. Household fires are far too common. Protection codes and sensible storage should not be taken lightly. Fire-rated doors, along with smoke alarms, will let you sleep at night knowing your family is safe. Bill has practiced architecture for over thirty years. During that time he has designed hundreds of custom homes in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Connecticut and Hawaii. Although Bill has extensive experience in commercial and residential architecture, he has specialized in his passion, custom residential design, for the past twelve years.