Automation is available for all types of doors and shutters shown here. Every DHF member supplier will recommend the type of door or shutter to meet the end user’s needs. The types of products available, include:
This type of door features ease of operation, weather resistance and versatility. Requirements for thermal insulation, maximum vision, ventilation with security and elegance can all be met. These doors can be manually operated by pull down rope or geared hoist, or automatically by a range of electric motors and control systems. They are made in industrial and domestic sizes.
These are the horizontally operating equivalent to sectional overhead doors. They are usually thermally insulated and weather resistant for external use. Main features include ease of use due to their availability in powered and manual versions, durability and low maintenance requirements.
These stack neatly to the side of the opening, take up very little headroom, and are purpose made in a range of sizes and fixing applications. This makes them particularly suitable for wide openings and for applications where there are strong prevailing winds. They are easy to operate in emergency or manual mode.
Fire resisting shutters and curtains are installed in fire rated walls where there is a need to restrict the spread of fire from one area to another as equired under UK Building Regulations. Fire shutters have the advantage of providing security and can be used on a daily basis, whereas fire curtains are generally only deployed in a fire situation but have the advantage of being lighter and more compact. Both fire shutters and fire curtains can be partially deployed to act as a smoke curtain enabling occupants to escape a fire whilst reducing the spread of smoke in the building.
These are suitable for a variety of applications from small security shutters to large warehouse doors. Strong and efficient roller shutters withstand the toughest conditions providing reliability whilst retaining ease of operation. They are normally operated by a geared hand chain hoist or an electric motor.
Smoke curtains are an integral part of a smoke ventilation system and should not be confused with fire curtains. They must comply with BS EN 12101 and be CE marked (from July 1 this year). Smoke curtains have two uses in a building:
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