Archive for the ‘Fire Doors’ Category

What to Check on Your Fire-Rated Door

April 28, 2016 Leave a comment


As you browse our website, you should have noticed that our doors are broken down into many different categories. However, one important category we want to focus on is fire-rated doors. Fire-rated doors are used for passive fire protection of buildings and help compartmentalize. But it isn’t just enough to install a door and call it quits; it must be maintained. Below are a few areas to check on your fire-rated door.

  • Look for a label, a plug or similar marking to show that it’s certificated
  • Make sure the door leaf isn’t damaged, warped or twisted
  • Ensure it closes correctly around all parts of the frame
  • Check that the hinges are firmly fixed into the door and the frame with no missing screws
  • Ensure that the seals at the top and sides of the door are not damaged or missing
  • Make sure any glass and the beads holding the glass are fitted firmly
  • Check that the door is marked correctly with appropriate signage

These are just a few things to check when inspecting your fire-rated door. If you have any questions about your fire-rated door, our consultants are always available.


Self-Opening Grille

December 3, 2015 Leave a comment

In terms of design and functionality, the McKeon Self-Opening Grille has both. The Self-Opening Grille dismisses the illegal use of security gates and removes unsightly swinging door frames. In the event of an emergency, the Self-Opening Grille provides an egress path and in the event of a non-emergency, security is provided without the use of electricity or battery back up systems. Check it out in action below!

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If you’re looking for a design alternative for safety and security, this may be the perfect fit!  We are here to answer any of your questions to see if this Self-Opening Grille is right for your project.  Check out more products on our website or just give us a call at 1.877.903.9090.

The Problems With Conventional Fire Doors

November 13, 2014 Leave a comment

problem  solutionTypically when dealing with conventional Fire Doors we see several problems that can bring an operation to a grinding halt.

  • Inadequate maintenance – Poor or infrequent door maintenance can lead to rusting of the metal parts and paint build-up on gears and sash chains can prevent links from functioning correctly.
  • Improper / poor installation resulting from inexperienced installers.
  • Testing difficulty and improper resetting -Testing difficulties can happen for many reasons.  Malfunctions with sash chains and fusible links, misapplied spring tension and even improper resetting.
  • Defective parts due to insufficient QC at the manufacturing plant.
  • Damage – Forklifts and poor or hastily stacked heavy load items can be problematic on the long life of your Fire Doors.

We know your operation is your life.  Having equipment that works when you need it to work is just as important to us as it is to you.  The issues mentioned above no longer have to be problematic for you.  Our partner The McKeon Door Company manufactures a product that will solve these issues which will not require you to spend a boatload of cash on new Fire Doors.  Auto-Set Retrofit offers you the option to retrofit most existing rolling steel fire doors, regardless of the original
manufacture.  This product offers you the ability to perform daily drop testing and resetting which typically takes less than a minute to initiate and complete.  In addition, this unique system eliminates the need for external parts are part of the working environment and can experience malfunctions for numerous reasons. For building owners, installing the Auto-set product saves you money by reducing the probability that you will have to replace a non-functioning door.

For more information on this revolutionary product, call our office and speak to one of the members of the Specified Building Products team at (877) 903-9090


Unlocking Open Design With Fire Doors

August 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Dave Dodge, CSI, CDT is the director of business and code development at McKeon Door Co.   Our team at Specified Building Products has worked with Dave many times over the years to provide the required code training for architects.  He has an extensive background in project estimation and project management and holds a bachelor’s degree in business.  Mr. Dodge’s passion is in building code development and architectural design compliance and we are pleased to share this insightful article written by Dave Dodge with you.

Dave Dodge ArticlePerhaps one of the most challenging elements of building design is to conform with fire and smoke separation provisions of the codes.  Typically compliance with these provisions suggests difficulty in designating open communication areas throughout the structure.

This article looks at some historically problematic situations and examines new technology that satisfies code yet renders creative, open, and spacious design.  It explores innovative wide-span opening protectives that offer the benefit of complying with passive redundant provisions of the building code while maintaining open design.

With few exceptions, the International Building Code (IBC) has been universally adopted in the United States.  Notwithstanding, the applications considered in this article are fundamental in any model code where openings are created in fire- and smoke-rated wall assemblies.

To read the full article, CLICK HERE




Visibility + Security= PERFECTION!

November 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Does the thought of an impenetrable fire door keep you up at night?  It shouldn’t.  Like many other choices you make when designing your building, a fire door comes in many shapes & sizes including one that is perforated for areas where security with visibility is desired.  The  McKeon Door Company is #1 when it comes to fire doors.   They offer solutions for a wide range of spaces and specialize in spaces that may have unusal sizes, tight turns and contoured openings.

This is the spec sheet for the PF300 Series which is an overhead coiling perforated door which allows partial visibility when the curtain is deployed.  For more information on this or other McKeon Fire Doors please contact Specified Building Products at (877) 903-9090.