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Surface damage to fire doors

Guest Charles

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I would be grateful for some help.

My student  son and his flat mates have been charged the cost of replacing a fire door in the accommodation, total about £800.

The damage is two or three tiny chips on the surface coating (attached)

Is the University correct that these chip represent a significant compromise of effectiveness?

Is it possible to simply repair/patch the coating?

Or is the surface veneer merely a decorative facing not part of the fire resistance ?

Having worked in the NHS for 39 years I suspect the decision may have  been made by a non expert erring on the side of over caution, rather than a fully trained professional.

Any views very welcome








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Hi Charles,

I would ask for documentary evidence in support of their claim that the fire door would now fail to provide the required level of fire and smoke separation protection because of the damage caused by your son and his mates. 

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