Hospitals have unique access needs that require industrial construction, design, safety and security. Hospitals, healthcare facilities and other areas where airborne infections are a risk must have privacy, light control and hygiene. This applies to the patient rooms as well as the corridors for handling equipment.
Smoke rated doors provide privacy while having an open view into the room which makes it easier for medical professionals to monitor patients. Soft finish sight lines are available on our doors so you can have privacy without restricting vision.
Hospitals and medical facilities have specialized access needs that drive the toughest building codes. We continue to address these needs by developing self-closing smoke-rated ICU/CCU door systems and the airborne infection isolation room door that requires no power.
A private zone for your patients, smoke rated doors provide the perfect mix of privacy without compromising on vision. Also, soft finish sight lines help to open up the doors to give an unobstructed view into the room without showing too much into the private zone.
Our smoke rated doors provide visual privacy while still allowing nurses and other medical professionals to check in on their patients. Healthcare smoke rated manual swing doors offer privacy while still permitting family members to view the patient, so they are more calm about their loved one's condition. Our soft finish sight lines are gently curved so privacy is not compromised.
Our smoke-rated doors allow you to keep germs and airborne contaminants at bay within medical facilities. Facility privacy is important to medical professionals. Soft finish sight lines make it easy for caregivers to observe those in need of attention, but still gives privacy.
Choose a door that only allows the required amount of light to pass through while still offering a clear view into the room. We can also offer you invisible vision lines so you can have privacy from occupants.
When it comes to buildings and fire doors and smoke doors, NFPA 80 and NFPA 105, and NFPA 101 all mention that there must be a smoke seal located on the face of the door between the room and the corridor.
The smoke seal, which can be often referred to as a clear 9 mil gasket or a type II check, is required to prevent air leakage through the door assembly such as voids caused by thermal or physical movement (NFPA 101 disagrees on this point; see above).
For fire doors and smoke doors in certain locations, UL 1784 allows the typical “gasket” to be replaced with a “swinging device”. This is typically a magnet. When the magnet meets resistance there is no leakage.
However, when the magnet passes by there is likely some leakage. NFPA provides an option of testing these assemblies with water spray, similar to typical gasketing material, but IMHO it's not typical practice to use water or any other typical fluid based test agent on door lips or seals of any kind.
The purpose of smoke seals is to prevent smoke from entering through gaps and joints in the door components, thereby preventing smoke-induced panic, but it does not stop air infiltration; therefore, installing smoke seals on doors that must be tightly air-sealed by code (i.e. within an air barrier) provides zero benefit. Furthermore, unless you can see light coming through the seams of the door, you do not need to seal them up tighter!
The normal air infiltration for this type of door is tested in accordance with ANSI/UL1784 and labeled with a label provided by UL. Smoke and draft restricting devices must be tested in accordance with ASTM E84 and labeled with a label provided by UL.
Unfortunately, this is probably one of the most common misconceptions about smoke seals. This is mainly due to the fact that there is no requirement in code to be equipped with a gasket. While smoke seals do help prevent smoke from entering through gaps and joints in the door components, the purpose of smoke seals is not to prevent smoke-induced panic, but rather to seal doors within an air barrier (since it doesn’t stop air infiltration).