The Price of Radiation Protection: What Is The Cost of Lead Lined Door Set?

When considering the installation of a lead-lined doorset for a controlled area, whether that be for an X-ray room, PETCT room or a veterinary clinic, understanding the cost is crucial to ensure that you are obtaining the best solution for you. These specialised doorsets play a vital role in ensuring safety and compliance with radiation protection standards to avoid long term implications with the health of patients and staff alike. This blog delves into the various factors that influence the cost of radiation-protective doorsets, offering insights into why they are an essential investment for any facility dealing with radiation.

How Lead Lined Doors Provide Radiation Shielding and Protection

Lead doors are a critical component in environments where radiation is used, such as X-ray rooms and other medical facilities. The encompassed lead within these doors acts as an impenetrable radiation shield, preventing the escape of X-rays and other forms of ionising radiation. This shielding is essential for protecting personnel and the public from the harmful effects of radiation exposure, which if not addressed could lead to long term health affects and can even result in the development of cancers.

The thickness of the lead lining, often referred to as lead equivalence, is a key factor in determining the door’s effectiveness. Lead thickness can vary based on the level of X-ray protection required, making these doors a customisable and reliable solution for X-ray protection.

Factors Adding to the Price of the Lead Lined Door Set

Oversized Doors

The size of a lead-lined door significantly influences its cost. An oversized door, which exceeds the standard dimensions of 1940mm in width or 2150mm in height, requires a greater sized door blank and specialised manufacturing processes to suit. This increased material usage and the complexity of construction make oversized doors more expensive than standard-sized radiation-protective doors.

Lead Equivalence

The amount of lead used in a door, indicated by its lead equivalence, directly impacts its cost. Raybloc manufactures doors with lead thicknesses ranging from code 3, 1.32mm Pb, up to 25mm Pb. The more lead a door contains, the heavier and more costly it is to manufacture. This thickness is tailored to suit various radiation protection needs, with higher lead equivalency being necessary for rooms with intense X-ray exposure.

Door Leaf Finish

Door finishes are available in primer painted, laminate, lacquered veneer, and PVC encapsulation. Each finish involves different materials and manufacturing processes, affecting the overall cost. Aesthetic preferences and specific environmental conditions, like hygiene requirements, can dictate the choice of finish, with each option having its own price implications. The cost of primer painted doors are identical to laminate doors, with veneer being more expensive, and PVC encapsulation ultimately taking the most time and material to manufacture.

Fire Rating

Radiation-protective doors are also available with different fire ratings, including NFR, FD30S, and FD60S. The higher the fire protection rating, the more expensive the door. These doors often include additional features like smoke drop-down seals, which automatically engage when the door is closed, adding to the cost but enhancing safety.

Frame & Architrave Finish

The finishes for frames and architraves range from primer painted to various hardwoods, including oak, beech, and walnut, as well as PVC encapsulation. Each material and finish has its own cost implications, with choices often being made based on aesthetic preferences and specific environmental requirements.

Ironmongery

The hardware used on lead-lined doorsets, such as hinges, locks, and handles, also contributes to the cost. Raybloc supplies these with all doorsets, ensuring a perfect fit and function. Options like kick plates, crash plates, and door closers add functionality but also increase the price. Double/leaf & half doorsets include flush bolts as a standard to protect the lock casing.

Glazing Options

Vision panels can be added to doorsets at any required size, either with timber beading or flushed into the door leaf. These panels can include privacy features like interstitial blinds or LCD switchable glass, which becomes transparent with an electrical current. These options add to the cost but increase the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the door. After all, it will be there for at least 10 years.

Flush Warning Signage

When considering the comprehensive safety features of a Raybloc lead lined door, it’s essential to explore the option of flush-mounted door warning lights. This innovative feature, while an added expense, represents a cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional box warning lights often mounted beside doors.

Unlike box warning lights, which require additional space, installation labor, and subsequent decorating efforts to integrate them into the room’s design, Raybloc’s flush-mounted warning lights are seamlessly incorporated into the door itself. This integration not only saves on the costs associated with fitting external boxes and the necessary aesthetic adjustments but also enhances the overall appearance of the installation area. The flush design maintains the sleek, professional look of the door, ensuring that safety features do not disrupt the architectural integrity of the space.

Moreover, these integrated warning lights offer a practical advantage. Being part of the door, they provide immediate and clear indication of room occupancy and safety status directly at the point of entry. This feature is particularly crucial in high-risk areas like X-ray rooms, where clear communication of operational status is vital for safety.

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How to Select the Right Type of Lead-lined Door Set for Your Needs

In selecting the right type of lead lined door set for your needs, the focus transcends mere product features or technical specifications. It’s about the peace of mind and assurance that comes with knowing you’ve made the best choice for long-term safety and efficiency.

When you choose a Raybloc door, you’re not just investing in a high-quality product; you’re securing a future where worries about radiation protection are non-existent. This decision is about ensuring uninterrupted operations, garnering trust and recommendations for your excellent facility management, and having the confidence that the health and safety of your staff and clients are thoroughly safeguarded.

Lead Equivalency

Selecting the right lead equivalence for a door set is crucial and should be based on Radiation Protection Advisor (RPA) reports. This decision will ensure that the door provides adequate protection against the specific levels of radiation present in your environment.

Construction of Lead Lined Doors

The construction process of lead-lined doors involves integrating a maze of lead into the door leaves, frame, and architraves to create an impenetrable barrier to X-rays. This process, coupled with the choice of ironmongery and finish, determines the overall effectiveness and cost of the door.

Installation of Your Lead Lined Door

Although relatively simple due to our doors being pre-hung at our facility, it is highly recommended to have Raybloc install your doorsets, as we offer a 10-year warranty on X-ray protection when installed by our team; this removes all responsibility from you and your team on any implications revolving around radiation shielding that may arise over the next 10-years, and puts it onto Raybloc. Proper installation is key to ensuring maximum effectiveness and longevity of the doorset.

Lead Lined Door Frames

Raybloc’s door frames feature a radiation scatter-proof design, tested and approved by Radiation Protection Advisors. This design is critical in providing comprehensive radiation shielding, and the company offers a 10-year warranty on their products, including a material and workmanship guarantee.

Benefits of Bespoke Lead Lined X-ray Door Sets for Radiation Protection

Raybloc’s doors are not just lead lined; they are comprehensive radiation-protective doorsets. These doors are customisable to match any specification, offering exceptional workmanship and attention to detail. This customisation ensures that the doors not only provide essential radiation protection but also fit seamlessly into the aesthetic and functional needs of the facility.

By understanding your specific needs and the unique benefits Raybloc doors offer, you’re taking a step towards a worry-free, compliant, and commendable environment, where your choice in radiation protection becomes a silent yet powerful testament to your commitment to excellence and reliability.

FAQs

Are lead lined doors expensive?

Raybloc doorsets range from £3,000 + VAT up to £20,000 + VAT, depending on the specification of the doorset and what it must protect against. Get a quotation for your radiation-protective doorset from our dedicated team within 24 hours of your enquiry.

How long does it take to produce a lead lined door set?

On average, it takes 9 days for a lead-lined doorset to pass through Raybloc’s workshop, maintaining a 4-6 week lead time from the point of sign-off. Raybloc produces approximately 12 doors every week.

Do both door and frame need to be lead-lined?

Yes, both the door and the frame, as well as the architraves on the controlled area side, need to be lead-lined to ensure there is no shine path between the frame and the lead lined walls, providing complete radiation protection.

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