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Does a 1 hour fire resistant door really only last 20 minutes before it burns up in fire?


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Answered 2007-03-20 01:44:53

No. A fire resistance rating is determined by the amount of time a partition will prevent the spread of fire, so a one-hour door (and its wall and supports) would have to hold back a typical fire growing for at least one hour. For example, a 20-minute fire rating requires a fire door to withstand an intense fire on one side, rising to over 1,400 degrees F during twenty minutes, and then being hit by a pressurized fire stream, without causing any openings.

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