do wood doors comply with regs

5 Nov 2009
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seen a few wooden doors we like,, and a wooden frame,,, so can these satisfie building control one has a small double glazed widow 300mmx 100mm,,, is the frame just weather sealed ?
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With regs? Have you just had a full refurb/lost extension/kitchen extension?

A mate down the road had a loft converted into a bedroom, and he was told in simples terms... "Fire doors in the attic area, and leading to..."
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Well somebody is certainly buying all the wooden doors, and fitting them somewhere.
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I couldn't make out what you were asking really but, having read a couple of your other posts, it seems you are talking about a front door.

I'm not aware of any reason why BC would say you can't have a wooden front door (unless you are not mentioning something in your queries), but you will need to bear in mind what your insurance company requires. Again, there isn't any reason why you can't have a wooden door but most insurance policies will require you to have a 5 lever mortice lock as a bare minimum for security purposes.

One of your other threads is regarding door and frame sizes for a 2100mm x 900mm rough opening (R/O). That size opening would only really be suitable for a 1981mm x 762mm (78"x30") door, if you are buying 'off the shelf'. The reason being that a standard exterior door frame would be approx. 57-60mm thick each side, giving you a total of between 114-120mm. Subtracting this measurement from the R/O of 900mm leaves you with approx. 780-786mm, meaning that you are unlikely to be able to use an 'off the shelf' door any bigger than mentioned above. This option also allows you to pack out the frame up to 12mm (½") each side to allow for any unevenness in the R/O.
The height of the door would need to be 1981mm because the header of the frame will again be 57-60mm thick and the bottom sill approx. 45mm. The frame sides would need to be trimmed by a few mm to meet the door size, but this would again allow 10-12mm top and bottom for packing.

Basically, you assemble the door frame to fit a 1981mm x 762mm door so that the door doesn't need to be trimmed and you will then have 10-12mm all the way around the R/O for packing and levelling the frame.

A hardwood door and frame would be a far better option for longevity than softwood.

As for your question, 'Is the frame just weather sealed?', do you mean perimeter pointing the frame with sealant/caulk or are you asking about protecting the frame with paint/preservative?
thanks mr helpfull you are correct ,, and raise some good points,, i had to make a frame in the end and purchased i oak door from b q i had dificulty with the door size but managed to get a 32x 80 reduced to 31 5/8 x 79 i contacted B C who say wood is ok and only if it had glass in it,,, they may be problems
Assuming this is a replacement door (ie not being fitted in a newbuild, extension or replacing a fire door) then no building regs are needed as long as the door is less than 50% glazed.
Misterhelpful does bring up some good points about insurance though.
It's good that you got it sorted, and a wider door is always a bonus for getting bulky furniture through. :)
I'm assuming you've made your frame out of timber around 1½" thick?

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