Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are Fire Fabrics Direct fabric’s manufactured in Britain?
Yes. All of our fire curtain base E glass fibre cloths are all woven in Britain to our exact specification within our manufacturing group. All of the Fire Fabrics Direct fabrics are coated in Britain. We formulate our own coatings to produce a fabric unique to Fire Fabrics Direct.
2. Do Fire Fabrics Direct fabric’s come with a Warranty?
Yes. All of the fabrics come with a 1 year warranty. This covers faulty materials and workmanship.
See our Warranty page for further details.
3. Can our fabrics be used internally and externally?
Our range of fabrics can all be used internally. Some are possible to be used externally. Take a look at the product’s description to see which are suitable for your application.
4. Are Fire Fabrics Direct’s fabrics fully tested and certified?
Yes. All of the Fire and Smoke fabrics are fully tested and certified as a stand alone fabric. We cannot control how the fabric is used in different applications so it is important necessary testing is carried out by the end user once installed.
5. What is the difference between our Fire fabrics and our Smoke fabrics?
All fabrics are tested to the same furnace criteria as defined in BSEN 1363-1 which defines how to test (like BS 476 – 20). These are test procedures not product tests.
Smoke fabrics, which deal with hot smoke and gases are normally only required to be tested up to 600°C in a 3 mtr x 3 mtr furnace which only takes a few minutes to reach 600°C and the furnace is then maintained at this temperature for the duration of the test. Smoke fabrics can be tested to higher temperatures and will remain intact during the test but become brittle (see Question 6).
Fire fabrics are subjected to a much more severe test, employing the same test procedures as BSEN 1363-1 BUT the furnace is not stopped at 600°C – it is allowed to increase rapidly to temperatures which can reach 1000°C+ and which can last for up to 4 hours. More importantly, the stainless steel reinforced fabric retain their strength and integrity.
6. Will my fabric be as good in years to come as it is when I bought it?
Good Question! And this is why there is a difference in performance between the unreinforced smoke type fabrics as when used as fire fabrics and the stainless steel reinforced fabrics.
All fabrics supplied by Fire Fabrics Direct have been fire tested after cyclic and reliability testing designed to simulate at least 10 years use.
Fire Fabrics Direct are the only company that supplies products that have been fire tested AFTER simulated 10 years reliability testing.
Our Fire fabrics will maintain strength and integrity up to 1000o C.
Our Smoke fabrics will maintain strength and integrity up to 600o C.
A lot of fabrics being sold as fire fabrics are often not tested and passed to the levels at which they are being claimed and therefore can become brittle and fail as the temperature rises. Fire Fabrics Direct’s fabrics will retain their strength.
All of Fire Fabrics Direct’s fabrics are cyclic tested before fire testing to simulate a long life span before it has to perform. The various fabrics do have different normal operating temperatures which can be seen in the specifications. The normal operating temperatures are the maximum and minimum limits the fabric can be subjected to before it may deteriorate. For example it may be subjected to a minimal temperature of -55o C or a maximum temperature of 230o C.
7. How do I know the fabric I receive is the same as the fabric that is tested?
Fire Fabrics Direct are the only certified fabrics that are fully tested and regularly tested with certification to back it up.
8. What do the various Class Performance ratings mean on the fabrics?
Class 0 means that the fabric is classified to a British Standard in specific Paragraph A13(b) of Approved Document B (Vol. 1&2), (2006 Edition) ‘Fire Safety’ To The Building Regulations 2000 (BS 476: Part 6: 1989+A1:2009, BS 476 Part 7:1997)
Class A1 means that the fabric is classified as noncombustible to a European Standard in specific EN 13501-1 Reaction to Fire.
Class A2 means that the fabric is classified as A2-s1,d0 to a European Standard in specific EN 13501-1:2007+A1: 2009 Fire classification of construction products and building elements – Part1: using data from reaction to fire test.
9. What is the difference between Firestoppa 2P and Firestoppa 4P?
Even though the fabric specification is the same, FireStoppa 2P has been tested and certified to maintain its integrity to 1000o C for 2 hours. FireStoppa 4P has been tested and certified to maintain its integrity to 1000o C for 4 hours. The test certificate available for the two fabrics shows the different performance ratings.
10. Can you provide any of the fabrics in other colours than grey, white and black?
Yes, because we produce our own fabrics in house. However you must consider the implications for fire testing as colour changes could affect the fire test certification. Please contact us and ask to speak to our Technical Dept for further information.
11. How do I repair the fabric?
As with all Fire Fabrics Direct products, repair methods have been furnace tested.
12. Do you provide fixing instructions or guidelines?
There are so many applications it is not possible to offer a definitive answer.
Whatever method / use you choose you should seek approvals from the competent person responsible for approving the works e.g. a Building Control Officer, Approved Inspector, Fire Consultant etc
However, FFD has produced some guidelines showing typical generic methods.
13. What adhesive can be used for these fabrics?
Any repairs should be mechanically secured i.e. stitching with an appropriate thread, metal staples, bolted with penny washers etc. Adhesive or adhesive tapes (link) can be used for positioning whilst the mechanical fix is carried out.
14. Are there any health hazards when working with this glass fibre based material, what PPE shall I use?
There are no health hazards using our fabrics but be aware that our base cloth’s are all constructed of glass fibre. Glass fibre can be irritable to your skin so we would suggest wearing overalls and gloves when cutting and handling the fabrics. A barrier cream on the hands and arms can also be applied to prevent irritation.
15. How to dispose of off cuts and removal of the fabric in the future?
All of our fabrics are non-recyclable but are reusable (if it has not been subjected to fire). Any offcuts can be placed in general waste. If you have large quantities of Fire Fabrics Directs’ fabrics that are no longer required, we would happily accept them back via a delivery.