The primary reason for fire doors being installed in buildings is of course to save lives and property in the event of a fire. In 2018 there were 334 deaths (including 71 at Grenfell) in the UK resulting from fire. It is essential a fire door performs by slowing the progress of a fire, so care must be taken both when purchasing, and installing fire doors.
Fire doors can vary greatly in design from functional door blanks through to attractive solid and glazed designs. The most common type of fire door is an FD30, a fire door that will last a minimum of 30 minutes in a fire. FD60 (60 minutes) fire doors are most commonly used in commercial settings.