Can I install a fire rated frame and door myself or do I require a certified installer?

This is dependent on which state or territory you are in. In NSW there are little restrictions on who can install and certify fire doors but if your are in Queensland you are required to be licensed through the BSA.

Taylors Doors and Frames would recommend that you do not install fire rated doors and frames unless you comply with the requirements of the various states and territories.

At the end of the day a fire door is a critical safety feature which if installed incorrectly may not do what it is suppose to do.  Contact us and get the name and number of an installer in or near your area that we know is capable and expieranced in installing these products.

It may cost a little more than DIY but if you put it in wrong consider the consequences.

Can I screw into the face of a fire rated door?

A door closer is screwed into the face of a fire door but behind the face you can see (see an exploded view of a fire door), there is a steel plate which the screws engage into to secure the closer to the door.

All essential door hardware must be secured to the door in accordance with AS1905.1 and any attachment to the door must be tested to AS1530.4 or covered by a formal opinion from a certified testing authority.

Do you provide tags and certification?

We provide compliance tags for the products we manufacture and supply, but we do not install the tags onto the products and do not provide final certification for the products.  A fire door and frame cannot be tagged until the installation is complete and assessed as being in accordance with the requirements of AS1905.1.  If you require certification, we would recommend you consider engaging an expieranced door installation company who can provide these services to you.  If you would like details of companies that can provide these services to you, contact us and we would be more than happy to forward suitable contact details to you.

How do you I backfill a fire rated frame?

Under AS1905.1-2015 all fire rated frames are required to be backfilled unless they are tested and approved without backfil material.

Although the Standard makes comment that if a door frame is tested without backfil it can be installed without backfil material, due to the testing requirements contained in AS1530.4-2014 it is unlikely you will find a fire resistant doorset tested and approved without backfilling of the steel frame.

If you are building the frame into a new wall then progressively fill the frame void as the wall is constructed.  If you are installing the frame into a dry wall (i.e. plaster wall) you can pack the frame void with sheet and plaster before installing.

If you are fitting a frame into an existing opening, you will have to consider how you will access the frame void to fill it or pre back fill the frame void before installing it into the opening. If in doubt contact us and we can provide the details of companies that are experienced in this type of work.

What does FRL stand for?

Fire Resistance Level

What height does the tag have to be installed onto the door and frame?

The minimum height of the tag should be at least 1500mm from the finished floor level. Generally, we find the frame tag installed above the top hinge and the door tag installed below the top hinge. Do not install the door and frame tag at the same level as this may cause binding issues between the door leaf and frame rebate due to the minimal allowable clearances between the door and frame.

What materials can you back fill a fire rated frame with?

Frames can be backed filled with mortar, concrete, TVC-Core, plasterboard and/or plaster.

As a general rule the backfil material of the frame should be the same as the material used in the construction of the wall into which the frame is installed.