Do I need to consider fire doors when during my eaves loft conversion?
Yes. Your home has to comply with the latest building regulations as it pertains to fire safety. All the doors around the staircase will require an upgrade to FD30 doors. This ensures that should a fire break out in your eaves conversion or any other room, your hallway, stairs and landing will withstand 30 minutes worth of heat and fire as a protected corridor, enabling you to evacuate from any of the rooms within the property.
If there are no gaps, cracks or the doors are over 37mm thick, some building control inspectors may consider your existing doors to be adequate. Also, if your doors can withstand 20 minutes worth of fire then installing additional smoke detectors in every habitable room and a heat detector in the kitchen will comply with building regulations. These detectors have to be wired to the mains, battery backup and interlinked so that if one is triggered, they will alert you on all floors.