Fire Rated Door | Singapore 

"Do I need a fire rated door for my HDB main door?", this is the most common question asked by HDB home-owner.

Being a HDB licensed contractor, we are in the right position to advice you on this issue. Beware of the wrong information given my other wooden door supplier in Singapore. 

(H.D.B Licence: HB-02-0677-D, Ho Ho Engineering and Renovation Works, Establish Since 1976)

In the the following page, we will address the following issues:

1. What is the HDB main door regulation? Do I need a fire rated door for my HDB in Singapore?

2. What is the penalty if I do not get a fire rated door when I need to?

3. What documents must I prepare when I order a fire rated door in Singapore and what will I receive after I order a fire rated door?  

4. What types of fire rated door are there in Singapore?

5. Pros and Cons of varnish fire rated door, veneer fire rated door, laminate fire rated door

6. Why are there very cheap fire rated door out in the Singapore? 

7. What is the lead time for my fire rated door?

1. What is the HDB main door regulation? Do I need a fire rated door for my HDB in Singapore?

You need a fire rated door for your HDB flat in two situations:

 

Situation 1: If your HDB flat has a main door entrance along the fire escape route, you need a 1/2 hour fire rated door. 

Your main door is along the fire rate escape route when door open to passageways such as lift lobby and staircase in your HDB lift. A simple rule of thumb is when your HDB main door is within 3 metre from the nearest lift or staircase, you will need a 1/2 hour fire rated door. 

 

You also need to make sure you engage a HDB licence contractor like us to install your fire rated door as we will need to apply a HDB permit on your behalf before we can change your fire rated door. 

 

If your main door is not within 3 metre from the nearest lift or staircase, getting a solid wooden door for your main door is sufficient and you do not need to apply for a HDB permit.

Situation 2: If your HDB flat already comes with a fire rated door provided by HDB originally, you will have to replace your main door with a fire rated door.

This is usually the case when your main door is double leaf meaning there is one small and one big panel and this main door is provided by HDB. When your main door is double leaf, it means that your HDB flat belongs to a newer batch of HDB flat that are equipped with a fire rated door. If that is the case, you need to replace your main door with a fire rated door. 

You also need to make sure you engage a HDB licence contractor like us to install your fire rated door as we will need to apply a HDB permit on your behalf before we can change your fire rated door. 

For more information, you can click here to view the HDB website for all the rules and regulation.

2. What is the penalty if I do not get a fire rated door when I need to?

Under Housing & Development (Renovation Control) Rules 2006, you are required to engage HDB registered renovation contractor to carry out renovation works in your flat. As explain previously, HDB require you to apply for a HDB permit when you change your fire rated door. Hence you are require to engage a HDB registered contractor like us to replace your fire rated door. 

If you as a flat owner do not engage a HDB register contractor, to carry out the work and/ or breach HDB's renovation rules/ guidelines, you will be fined. 

Upon conviction of not getting a proper fire rated door from a HDB registered contractor, you can lead to a fine of up to $5,000 and other penalties. Hence please do not buy your fire rated door from other supplier in Singapore. Buy your fire rated door from wooden door supplier with HDB licence to protect yourself from any penalty in the future. 

For more information, you can click here to view HDB website for the penalty and requirement.

To be safe that you do not breach any HDB regulation, please ensure that you purchase your fire rated door from HDB registered contractor like us. As a HDB registered contractor, we are properly trained and know all the required HDB rules and regulation.

 

If by any chance, we do not sell you the proper door, we will have to bear the fines. Hence we will not sell you any door beside for the main door that is suitable for your HDB flat. 

3. What documents must I prepare when I order a fire rated door in Singapore and what will I receive after I order a fire rated door?  

When you prepare to order the fire rated door 

When you purchase your fire rated door from a HDB register contractor like Ho Ho, we will apply a HDB permit on your behalf for free. 

However, you will need you to provide us with two documents. We will need a copy of a HDB floorplan (not the floorplan drawn by your designer but the floorplan provided by HDB) and a copy of a HDB acknowledgment form filled by the owner of the unit.

 

If you need the HDB acknowledgement form, please click here to download it.  (Refer to 2nd picture below)

If you have misplaced your HDB floorplan, you can either buy it on the HDB website yourself for $5 or we can purchase it on your behalf for $5. 

To buy HDB floorplan, click here to access HDB website.

 

You will be able to see a sample of the HDB floorplan below (Refer to 1st picture below)

After installation

After your fire rated door is installed, you will receive 3 items 

a) A HDB permit sent to your home within 1 month of the installation 

b) A sticker by certification company pasted on your fire rated door (within 3 month of the installation)

c) A fire rated certificate (within 3 month of the installation)

After your HDB permit is approved, you will receive a copy of the HDB permit within 1 month of installation in your mail box. (Refer to 3rd picture below)

If you do not receive it, please email us within 1 month and we can send you a soft copy. 

Once the HDB permit is approved, a message will be sent to your mobile number. We can also request us to email you a soft copy of the HDB permit before installation. 

Sample of HDB floorplan needed for HDB permit
Sample of HDB permit for fire rated door in Singapore
Sample of HDB acknowledgment form needed for HDB permit
Sample of Setsco Sticker to certify it is fire rated door 
Sample of Setsco Certificate to certify the door is fire rated door 
Who is Setsco? Who is PSB?

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Setsco is a leading organization offering a comprehensive range of testing, calibration, inspection, certification, consultancy and training services to key markets such as Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Marine, Food, Pharmaceutical, Petrochemical, Electronics, Environmental, Construction, and Building & Facilities.

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4. What types of fire rated door are there in Singapore?

There are 3 types of fire rated door in Singapore

a) Varnish Fire Rated Door

b) Veneer Fire Rated Door 

c) Laminate Fire Rated Door 

a) Varnish Fire Rated Door

Varnish fire rated door is the most traditional and basic fire rated door in the Singapore market.

FR 1 is the plain basic model whereas FR 2 to FR 7 come with wooden trimming. 

The current trend in the Singapore Home Deco is flush door hence FR 1 is more popular.

Advantages of Varnish Fire Rated Door

a) The price is cheapest for fire rated door 

b) comes in natural looking wooden colour hence varnish fire rated door is perfect if you are looking for a country home look

c) versatile as you can varnish it in any colour in the future to give your door a new look. 

We will not recommend painting your door as painting the door will destroy the wooden grain.

Disadvantages of Varnish Fire Rated Door

a) Under exposure to sun and rain, the colour will fade hence you need to re-varnish in 5 to 6 year time

b) Give a traditional instead of modern look 

Varnish fire rated door comes in 5 different colours from darkest to lighest 

a) Mahogany Colour 

b) Dark Walnut Colour 

c) Walnut Colour

d) Cherry Colour

e) Teak Colour 

  Mahogany     Dark Walnut       Walnut             Cherry            Teak 

b) Veneer Fire Rated Door 

From 2005 to 2015, HDB furnish new HDB BTO flat with veneer door. During 2005 to 2015, the most modern trend is veneer fire rated door with 2 shades like SD 309 Recon Dark Walnut /Cherry.

For Veneer Fire Rated Door, the popular design will be SD 306 Recon Euro Walnut and SD 305 Recon Dark Walnut. 

However, Veneer Fire Rated Door is no longer the most latest trend. Since 2016, all new HDB BTO flats are equipped with Laminated Fire Rated Door. 

This is because after using Veneer Fire Rated Door for 10 years, customer feedback is that under sun and water exposure, the colour of veneer will fade when the protective layer of lacquer wear off. During daily usage, Veneer Fire Rated Door is also prone to scratches. Hence I will not recommend Veneer Fire Rated Door for homeowner with pets or young children. 

Hence, I will strongly recommend you the opt for the Laminate Fire Rated Door if you have a higher budget or buy the Varnish Fire Rated Door.

Advantages of Veneer Fire Rated Door 

a) Cheaper than Laminate Fire Rated Door

b) Give your home a modern look

c) Wide range of colours for you to choose from

Disadvantages of Veneer Fire Rated Door

a) The thin layer of veneer is prone to scratches

b) The colour of veneer will fade under sun and rain exposure 

Veneer Door Scratches 
LD 1. Rustic Vanilla   Laminated Door 
LD 4. Metallic Black Laminate Door 
LD 7.  Walnut Oak Laminate Door 
LD 10. Ivory Sen    Laminate Door 
LD 2. Copper Teak  Laminated Door 
LD 5. Bronze Zebrano  Laminate Door 
LD 8.  Almond Pine   Laminate Door 
LD 11. Grey Rock   Laminated Door 
LD 3.  Rustic Chestnut
Laminated Door 
LD 6. Charcoal Zebrano Laminate Door 
LD 9. Charcoal Black     Laminate Door 
LD 12. Maple White Laminate Door 
LD 13.  Rustic Khaki  Laminate Door 
LD 16. Ash Black Laminate Door 
LD 19. White Oak Laminate Door 
LD 14. Marble White Laminate Door 
LD 17. Silver Pine Laminate Door
LD 20. Black Tiger Laminate Door
LD 15. Pearl White Laminate Door 
LD 18. Coffee Zebrano Laminate Door

C) Laminate Fire Rated Door 

Since 2016, all HDB BTO flats are equipped with Laminate Fire Rated Door 

This is because after using Veneer Fire Rated Door for 10 years, customer feedback is that under sun and water exposure, the colour of veneer will fade when the protective layer of lacquer wear off. During daily usage, Veneer Fire Rated Door is also prone to scratches. Hence HDB has since used the come durable Laminate Fire Rated Door for the future development.

Before 2016, Laminate Doors are usually in high end commercial building and shopping malls like Ion Orchard and Waterway Point. 

But with the adoptation of Laminate Fire Rated Door and Laminate Room Door by HDB, Laminate Door has become the main stream door used in Singapore.

Hence, I will strongly recommend you the opt for the Laminate Fire Rated Door if you have the budget as it will be money well spent.

Popular Laminate Fire Rated Door Designs in Singapore

The popular laminated fire rated door is LD 16 Ash Black.The black colour together with the textured surface give it a very modern and high end look.

If you prefer a lighter colour LD 17 Silver Pine is an ideal choice. The grey colour make a neutral colour scheme that comes with well with different furniture and home decor elements.

LD 15 White Pearl is another popular choice if you are looking for a clean white look. 

Advantages of Laminate Fire Rated Door

a) Scratch resistance hence ideal for pet owners and parents with young children

b) Latest trend in the market adopted by BTO flats and cono units now

c) Colour will not change under sun as laminate is a artificial engineered product made to last in harsh weather environment

d) The triming of Laminate Door is made of thick ABS trimming instead of a thin PVC used for Veneer Door

Disadvantage of Laminate Fire Rated Door

a) Most costly door in the market now.

There are over 1000 different types of laminate in the market and we are able to customize the door based on the laminate you like in our factory.

However, customizing will make the laminate fire rated door very costly. 

Hence to bring down the cost of such a good product so that the mass market can enjoy it. We have bulk order 40 of the most popular laminate so that you can enjoy the same quality at a very attractive price. 

To view the full selection, please visit our showroom

Call us now at 67479019 or 96319288 to inquiry about our products.

6. Why are there very cheap fire rated door out in the Singapore? 

We are aware that there are wooden door companies selling very cheap fire rated door in the market but they are not HDB registered contractors. Hence getting your fire rated door from them is against the HDB regulation as they are unable to apply the necessary HDB permit for you. 

Fire rated door comes from many different country of origin hence different quality and price point.

Hence, to regulate the fire rated door in the Singapore Market. HDB require homeowner to purchase fire rated door from HDB register contractor to ensure the quality of the fire rated door you purchase. 

Our fire rated door comes with the self closing device, accreditor label and the installation of smoke detector 

For more information, you can click here to view the HDB website for all the rules and regulation.

7. What is the lead time for my fire rated door?

Due to the need to apply for HDB permit and the fact that all our door are customised to your design and size, the lead time of fire rated door will be 2 to 3 weeks depend on how long HDB takes to approve the permit. 

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