Fire Rated Vs. Fire Resistant Doors! What is the difference?

Is there a difference between a fire rated and a fire resistant door?

The answer is yes! It is important for architects and builders to understand those differences, as selecting the wrong door can result in serious health and safety risks to buildings and the tenants.

However, what exactly are the technical differences?

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Like fire rated doors, fire resistant doors can be made out of any type of fire resistant material, including glass, timber and steel. Fire resistant doors hold fire for some time, but they are quickly consumed by flames, allowing the fire to spread through the property.

However, fire rated doors are built and tested to withstand fires for a specific duration of time when heated to a certain temperature. Fire rated doors can be rated 30, 60 or 120 minutes; specifying the time they will hold back the fire from spreading to other parts of the building.

Fire rated doors are rarely required in residential properties but can be an essential requirement in various commercial and public spaces.

Are you looking to specify fire rated doors glass doors and screens? Our team can advise you on the best glazing option and system for your project. Please email us at or call 01322 310222.