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Do In-Ceiling Speakers require Fire Hoods?
Installing ceiling speakers in your audio project? you may need fire hoods At Smart Home Sounds, we are often asked whether fire hoods are worth the extra spend when installing...
At Smart Home Sounds, we are often asked whether fire hoods are worth the extra spend when installing ceiling speakers. The simple answer to this is that they should be installed unless there is a reason not to do so.
Let's explore fire hoods in more detail.
In compliance with UK Building Regulations fire hoods are required to reinstate the fire barrier of the original ceiling when ceiling speakers have been installed beneath a habitable living space
Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly common for home insurance companies to reject claims for fire damage caused by the building's ceiling integrity being compromised by the installation of ceiling speakers without protective fire hoods.
If you are in the trade, we would definitely recommend insisting your client opts for them, because unfortunately, the installer would be liable in the event of any compromises to the ceiling.
Choosing a fire hood
- Triple layer construction. Two intumescent layers encase fire retardent acoustic foam.
- Fire Red indicates to other trades, this is a fire safety product.
- Fully compliant with IEE and Building Regulations for Fire and Acoustic integrity of ceilings - BS476 Parts 21, 23 for acoustic and fire dispersion.
- Simple and rapid fixing free installation from below or above the ceiling.
Blucube Universal Fire and Acoustic Speaker Hood - *Our recommended choice*
- Twin-skinned intumescent with fire-retardant acoustic damping foam sandwiched between the skins
- More airtight – to offer better fire protection and acoustic absorption
- Fully tested & accredited to British Standard 476 Part 21 in a standard domestic timber-joist and plasterboard ceiling