It sounds a bit like the comedy sketch by Peter Kay when he uses his infamous “Garlic, Garlic bread!” The big difference is that fire and safety is NO Laughing matter. However, with technology and advances made in polymers and glass enables the development of fire resistant PVCu doors. A few years ago the concept would have been, if not laughable – certainly a leg pull by a crafty salesman.

Today, fire retardant doors that stand up to extreme heat or fire is now a reality. Available nationally from some of the country’s leading double glazing companies, fire doors are an architect’s dream. Many of the more forward thinking builders are fitting fire doors as standard. However as a retro fit, fire doors are readily available. Most reputable companies offer several styles and colours to choose from, so regardless of your style of home there is bound to be something that matches your taste.

Apart from aesthetics, there are obviously some things that you should ensure your fire doors are capable of. The thickness of the doors will increase the time that the door will form a barrier between you and a fire. Insist on at least 44mm.

Fire doors are not all about life threatening situations. Many fires are dealt with swiftly and don’t last long enough to damage your entire home. So while you are still alive and kicking your home will probably be in a right old mess. The heat that is transmitted can buckle and warp doors. This is where modern fire doors shine.

Fire doors come under the category of ‘HIGH RESISTANCE’. This means that they designed not to twist, warp or buckle. This structural integrity of the door is what creates an effective barrier. The better makes of Fire Doors are solid colour all the way through, which means there is no flaking, cracking or fading.

So what about aesthetics?

What do these doors look like? Well they look just like any other double glazed door. They are not overtly thicker than other double glazed doors. And just like any quality double glazed door they are virtually maintenance free.

What about the glass that goes into the doors?

Todays’ glass technology has undergone rigorous testing and several systems are now available. Don’t forget to check guarantees, 10 years guarantees are standard. So who do you buy from, local is good, but more and more people are looking to buy from companies who can deliver and install nationally.

You may ask why!

Well the answer is simple, if a company is big enough to support a national customer care programme; they are likely to have been around a while and as such are more financially secure. It’s not that your insurance is invalid if a double glazing company goes out business – though it can be a real pain – the problem arises when you have to find another company that has the same mechanisms and system as the original installer.