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Loading bay doors protected against fire

Loading bay specialist sara LBS is offering maximum safety and thermal efficiency in all sectional overhead doors by specifying Kingspan certified Firesafe door panel material as standard to ensure its doors offer the higest levels of protection.

In the event of a fire, a door’s resistance levels can mean the ­difference between containing the fire to one area or it spreading throughout the building and putting lives at risk.

Kingspan has over 40 years experience in producing fire resistant ­materials for the construction industry; it manufactures a urethane foam core which is sandwiched between galvanised steel stucco ­exterior panels to create a sara sectional door. In the event of a fire, the foam infill swells and expands to form a strong, ­carbonaceous char which will not add to the fire.

Ed Wilks, operations manager for sara LBS, comments: “During the design of a new building it is important that the worst case scenario is considered. No-one ever plans to have a fire but accidents can and do happen. We specify Firesafe panels as standard so that if the worst does happen there is a higher chance of containment in the early stages.”

On top of fire safety there is an added benefit to sara’s door panels. Sectional overhead doors are often used as the entry point for loading bays as their design allows them to lift clear of approaching vehicles while maintaining a small footprint that doesn’t diminish internal storage space. Because of this, sara’s doors often play a key role in maintaining  insulation.

Wilks continues: “When positioned at an entry point, a door’s thermal efficiency can play a significant role in a ­building’s overall heating – or refrigeration – costs. A door with a high degree of thermal insulation can save hundreds of pounds each year; when there are multiple loading bays this can soon add up. The Firesafe panels from Kingspan have U-values up to 0.2W/m2K making our sectional overhead doors some of the most thermally efficient on the market.”

Sara LBS

T: 01442 245577

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