Published On: Tue, Aug 7th, 2012

Understanding the Need for Fire Rated Doors

Need for Fire Rated Doors MAUMEE, OHIO – Despite their split-level home being completely ruined by an evening fire that raged for hours, homeowners Barry and Mimi Katz are very lucky. MAUMEE, OHIO– Despite their split-level home being completely ruined by an evening fire that raged for hours, homeowners Barry and Mimi Katz are very lucky. They weren’t living in the under-renovation house at the time of the fire, they had not yet moved their prized furnishings into the home, and one very resilient fiberglass Therma-Tru® door managed to contain the fire to just the oversized garage.

“That door prevented the fire from spreading into the entire house,” says Mimi Katz. “No one knows how that door withstood the extreme temperatures and flames for so long, but that Therma-Tru door was the true hero of this catastrophe.”

While water damage from four responding fire departments dousing the flames means the entire home will need to be reconstructed, Katz credits the door between the garage and her kitchen with preventing their nightmare from getting even worse. “Every person who has inspected the aftermath of the fire, from the insurance people to contractors to fire officials, have been wildly impressed with what this door did to help save our home,” says Katz. “We were extremely fortunate that the door surpassed all expectations to help contain the fire.”*

An Education in Fire-Rated Doors

For many areas of the country, fire-rated doors are a way to meet local building codes between the garage and living area of the home. The goal is to install a door that will help prevent flame and smoke from spreading to the home and provide more time for family members to escape the home in the event of a fire in the garage. Therma-Tru offers both solid-panel 90-minute fire-rated steel doors and 20-minute fire-rated fiberglass doors.

“The 90-minute steel fire doors are ideal for new construction and remodeling projects and are an excellent door to install for enhanced home safety,” says Steve Jasperson, code compliance manager for Therma-Tru Corp. “These doors have a 90-minute positive pressure fire-rating and a smoke and draft rating and can be installed in a Therma-Tru Adjusta-Fit® 2 Frame with an Intumescent seal that swells when exposed to heat.”

Therma-Tru’s 90-minute steel fire doors feature steel edge construction that provides enhanced security, durability and strength. Pre-coated steel helps prevent rust and allows for easy field finishing and superior paint adhesion. High-definition embossing adds a rich, distinctive look to the door whether used as an access door to a garage or basement.

Therma-Tru’s 20-minute, fire-rated fiberglass doors are designed to allow more time for family members to escape in the event of a fire. Made for entry to a garage, basement or utility room, the fiberglass doors resist splitting, cracking or rotting which can be found in a wood door. The sturdy fiberglass construction resists dents, dings or rust which can be found in a steel door.

“It’s critical that builders, remodelers and homeowners all know and understand the code requirements for their geographic areas,” says Jasperson. “A fire-rated door can help save lives and prized possessions in the case of a home fire. These doors are an investment in the safety and security of the family.”

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012, Therma-Tru is known as the company that engineers its products for high performance as an entire entryway system. During its impressive history, Therma-Tru pioneered the fiberglass entryway system in 1982 with key features such as increased energy efficiency and eye-catching curb appeal elements. In 2007, Therma-Tru launched the Tru-Defense® Door System for entry and patio doors, providing builders and remodelers with advanced engineering to help withstand damaging weather and harsh conditions.

About Therma-Tru

Therma-Tru is the nation’s leading manufacturer and most preferred brand of entryway doors. Founded in 1962, Therma-Tru pioneered the fiberglass entry door industry, and today offers a complete portfolio of entry and patio door system solutions, including decorative glass doorlites, sidelites and transoms, and door components. The company also offers low-maintenance Fypon urethane and PVC products. Headquartered in Maumee, Ohio, Therma-Tru is part of Fortune Brands Home & Security (NYSE: FBHS). For more information, visit, or call(800)537-8827.

For information on building codes related to fire-rated doors, contact your local building code department.

*Results not typical; see for information on available fire-rated doors from Therma-Tru and generally expected performance.

Source: Ziprik Consulting

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