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Any suggestions on a lockable fire-rated door between the basement and garage?

Any suggestions on a lockable fire-rated door between the basement and garage?

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Old 01-06-20, 06:56 PM
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Any suggestions on a lockable fire-rated door between the basement and garage?

We recently purchased a home and during the inspection, we were told that the door between our basement and garage is just a normal door and it needs to be replaced with a fire-rated door to bring it up to code.

First, Is it true that the door connecting the garage and basement needs to be fire-rated? If so, why?

At a minimum, we'd want the door to be lockable but not sure about if fire-rated is important. We'd like to be able to lock the door in the event that an intruder is able to enter the home via the garage, it would prevent them from actually getting into the house.

Any pictures or links that y'all can show me would help in my understanding. Thanks!
 
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Old 01-06-20, 07:11 PM
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That door needs to be an exterior door. In our area it also needs to have a self-closing mechanism on it. The door needs to be sealed around the edges like your front door to ensure no exhaust fumes from a vehicle can enter the home and cause injury.
 
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You would have to talk to your local building inspector to see if it needs to be self closing, it's not required here.
We just install a regular steel ext. door avalible at any home center.
I'd want one double bored so I could install a dead bolt.
 
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Old 01-07-20, 07:32 AM
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Any door way coming from a environment different from the interior of the home would be considered an entrance door and therefor must be fire rated. Self closing is only a local code. We do not have it here.
 
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The fire rated basement door is not necessary but you should enquire and confirm from the local authorities as well as in your neighbourhood.
 
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