Does your home have an attached garage? If so, do you currently have a fire door?
If your doors haven’t been updated in a while, the answer is probably no. While the door attaching your home to your garage might be different than your exterior or interior doors, it probably does not meet fire standards.
New York State has some of the strictest fire door laws in the nation—requiring attached garages to have a 90-minute fire door separating the garage from the house. Why? Because garages are one of the most common places in the home to initiate a fire. And with items like gasoline, paint, oil, and much more often found in the garage, fire can quickly and easily spread. Fire doors delay the spread of fire and smoke, allowing for more time for your family to be alerted of the problem, and evacuate.
Fire doors are steel, with a steel jamb and typically no glass (if glass is included it has to be specially treated, and can get very expensive). They also include self-closing hinges. That being said, there are a variety of colors and styles that you can choose from. Additionally, fire doors can be painted or stained, allowing you the opportunity to ensure a door that matches your décor. Fire doors from Allstate Roofing & More, LLC also come with a 25-year warranty—meaning you won’t have to worry about replacing them for a long time.
If your current door is not 90-minute fire rated, you are not required to make a change. The installation of a new, code compliant door is only required if you are replacing your current door. If you do make a replacement, and do not update to code, your insurance can reject your fire damage claims.
And even if you haven’t considered it before, now might be a good time to invest in a fire door simply to provide you and your family with peace of mind.
If you are considering a fire door, or any exterior door, contact us today. Estimates are always free to residential customers—585-400-7663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.