Here at LaForce, we often hear: “I need a price on a fire door.”
Our first question is always: “Do you mean a door that is fire-rated, or a fire exit door that exits to the exterior of the building for use in an emergency?”
The difference between a fire-rated door and a fire exit door can be night-and-day, but since they are both commonly called “fire doors” in our industry, it confuses many well-intentioned customers. Material that is fire-rated is designed to serve as a fire-stop or partition, to block the spread of fire; while fire exit doors are designed to allow quick and safe egress out of an occupied space, usually to the exterior of the building.
Some common examples:
Some fire exit doors can also be fire-rated, like a fire-rated stairwell in a multi-story parking garage.
Rely on your LaForce representative to help guide you through the process of determining what you need, and avoid spending extra money on unneeded materials.