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Use a fire door as a front door?

Discussion in 'Building' started by pb2012, 6 Aug 2019.

  1. pb2012

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    I'm struggling to find an external front door in the material and style that I want, but there are a few options for it when looking at internal fire doors. They are also a bit cheaper.

    As fire doors are the same thickness as a typical front door, would there be any issues in using them in place of one that is rated for exterior use specifically?

    The door is raised up via a few steps, sheltered from the rain in a mini porch of sorts. It is also north facing so won't get battered by the sun. It will have a pretty easy life generally.
     
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    Lol, you like the look of fire doors over all the other front doors available? Go for it.
     
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    fire doors very often have a chipboard core and will not withstand damp or rain.

    Especially when the top and bottom are not adequately painted, as is usual for front doors.
     
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    Find me an OAK 4 panel exterior door with raised mouldings and I'll buy you an e-beer... It will be oiled oak on the inside to match existing internal doors and painted satin black on the outside (it's for a Victorian terrace).

    I can easily find these as fire doors:
    https://www.distinctivedoors.co.uk/...-ArzZki5G4LMBZEryPTzBT0rkrqPg7gxoCg7AQAvD_BwE

    It would be 78" x 33".

    There may be an external equivalent out there somewhere, but it'll probably be thrice the price if it does exist.

    This would be pretty good if it wasn't glazed (and was a couple hundred cheaper):
    https://www.oakwooddoors.co.uk/external-door-oak-malton-diamond-with-black-caming
     
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    I suppose that's the risk, but I could lacquer the inside and paint with oil based on the outside. A couple of coats.
     
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