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Do you have to have a door between conservatory and house?

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A conservatory is a popular home extension that provides a great way to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of your home. One question that often comes up is whether you are required to have a door between the conservatory and the main house. The short answer is yes, in most cases, you are required to have a separating door.

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Building Regulations and Separating Doors

Building regulations are put in place to ensure the safety and energy efficiency of a home. When it comes to conservatories, one of the requirements is the installation of a separating door between the conservatory and the main house. This is important for the following reasons.

A separating door is necessary to prevent the spread of fire. In the event of a fire, the door acts as a barrier, preventing the fire from spreading from the conservatory to the rest of the house. This can help to save lives and reduce damage to the property.

Secondly, the door helps to maintain energy efficiency. Without a separating door, the temperature in the conservatory can have a significant impact on the temperature of the rest of the house. This can result in higher energy bills, as the heating or cooling system will have to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature.

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Fire-Rated Door Requirements

The door installed between your conservatory and home must be a fire-rated door. This means that the door has been tested to resist fire for a specified period of time and be able to withstand heat and flames, preventing the spread of fire for a minimum of 30 minutes.

The door should be installed in a way that ensures it closes automatically, and that there are no gaps between the door and the frame that could allow smoke or flames to escape. It’s also important that the door is easy to operate, so that it can be opened quickly in the event of a fire. If you have any questions about this, reach out to your local Conservatory Outlet premium retailer.

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Exceptions to the Rule

There is a chance you won’t need to install a door separating your home and conservatory. For example, if the conservatory is completely open to the rest of the house, such as in the case of a sunroom, a separating door may not be necessary.

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Ultimately, if you are planning to build a conservatory, it’s important to ensure that you comply with building regulations regarding separating doors. This will help to ensure the safety of your home and family, as well as maintain energy efficiency. Our premium retailers are reputable installers that will help you navigate the requirements, ensuring your conservatory meets every standard and keeps you and your family safe.

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