Fire-resistant doors are completely vital in protecting yourself and other residents in the event of a fire. And, depending on the kind of home you own, it could be a legal requirement. Although fire door installation may seem like a relatively simple task, a faulty installation can lead to disastrous consequences. All in all, DIY is not a risk worth taking. But how much does fire door installation cost when done by a professional?
Read on for an overview of prices to help you budget for the job and use our free search tool to hire a contractor in your local area.
Fire door requirements
According to UK building codes, fire doors are essential for homeowners with either:
- A two-storey home with a garage and door leading into the house
- A new build property which has three or more storeys
If not fitted correctly, a fire-resistant door is nothing more than a standard timber door, and the need for compliance with stringent building regulation rules out DIY as an option. When hiring a professional to install your fire-resistant doors, always ensure the contractor is certified, experienced and familiar with the relevant code of practice.
Fire door installation cost
|Description||Cost - Range Low||Cost - Range High||Average cost|
|Supply of fire door||£75||£300||£187.50|
|Total cost of supply and installation||£200||£400||£300|
The average fire door installation price ranges between £200-£400. Naturally, costs will range depending on the location your home is situated, with prices in London skewing higher on average.
With regard to material cost, prices will range depending on the type of door. For example, a nice looking veneer finished door can be purchased for £75. However, an FD alternative could be upwards of £300 supply alone. Labour costs involved with installation will tend to fall around £75, and waste removal will sit at around £10.
All things considered, £400 is a sensible budget to set aside for the total project.
Key considerations when installing a fire-resistant door
- Fire doors aren’t always available in all styles and finishes, but it may be possible to get a door that doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Safety should be your priority, but we still recommend checking out the range of doors available before settling on a certain type.
- Ensure you understand when fire doors are required. If in doubt, ask a professional.
- Always have a specialist measure your doors and advise on sizes. Some fire doors can’t be planed down much in size – let the joiner take the risk in ensuring they purchase the correct size, or at least advise you accurately what you need to purchase for them to install.
Find a certified fire door installer near you
On average, it takes around 2-2.5 hours for a professional to install a fire door.
Is a fire door a legal requirement?
All new buildings should come ready with fire doors installed that protect escape routes. If your home has more than two storeys, a fire-resistant door is critical in improving the safety of your building and complying with building regulations. Any door that leads to a stairwell should be a fire door, and there should also be a fire door between your home and garage. If in doubt, consult with a specialist to understand where fire doors should be fitted in your home.
Can anyone install a fire door?
Theoretically, yes. However, incorrect installation can render a fire door virtually useless in its purpose. While there is a cost to install a fire door, it’s a small investment that can save lives. Always hire a professional to carry out this work for you.
Can you fit a fire door to an existing frame?
Frames usually require modification as fire doors are generally thicker than standard plain doors. Some fire doors often have ‘fire seals’ which have a groove inset in the frame/lining. A professional carpenter will be able to help adjust the frame to fit the fire door.
Fire door installation checklist
- The average fire door installation cost is £300, but costs will vary depending on the specification.
- Always use a professional to install a fire door to ensure correct installation in line with building regulations.
- Ensure your chosen fire door has the correct rating – the most common being FD30 and FD60.
- Keep frame size in mind when purchasing the door, as they may need to be adjusted.
- For full fire-proofing, ensure any fillers used are also fire-resistant.
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