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fire sprinkler heads for buildings

Which Fire Sprinkler Heads Do You Need For Your Building?

fire sprinkler heads for buildings

Though all buildings, no matter commercial or residential, should be installed with sprinklers, it can be hard to know which fire sprinkler type to use. It all depends on the type of building, what obstructions may be in place and how you want the overall space to look. These can all affect which fire sprinkler heads you choose.


Find out which buildings would benefit from specific styles of sprinkler heads here. 

Sprinkler Systems in Residential Homes

The most typical fire sprinkler system in homes would be the concealed sprinkler head. These fire sprinkler heads are concealed by a decorative cap which in turn, blends with its surroundings. Homeowners may be concerned about the inclusion of sprinklers in their homes due to the worry it will ruin their aesthetics. Or, they will attract too much attention from guests. 


Instead, these hide the actual sprinkler head away from prying eyes. When looking for fire sprinkler heads, talk to your sprinkler installation company to discuss what type of colour you are wanting so that it matches your ceilings. The decorative caps may look as though the sprinkler heads cannot operate, however, they are made to fall away when they detect a temperature 20° below the activation point. For more information on the concealed fire sprinkler head, click here


Other buildings that can benefit from concealed sprinkler heads include:

  • Care homes
  • High-rise apartment complexes

Commercial Businesses

Unlike residential homes, commercial businesses may want an overt sprinkler system to showcase to staff and customers that there are fire protection systems in place. Hence, pendant fire sprinkler heads. These hang from above-ceiling pipes and use a deflector to release the water into the surrounding areas. 


Pendant fire sprinkler heads come in a wide variety since they are the most common.  There are several changes in size, finish, and other aspects. There are also, in addition to the practical differences, in activation temperature, the volume of water produced, and spray size/pattern. Find out more about pendant sprinklers here


Other industries that can benefit from concealed sprinkler heads include:

  • Education
  • Medical

Buildings With Open Ceilings

Upright sprinkler heads are as their name would suggest, differing from the pendant and concealed heads that point downwards. These are ideal for buildings with high and open ceilings. In certain cases, they are installed to get around any design obstructions and to protect the systems from elements such as dust and ice. 


For open ceilings, upright fire sprinkler heads are ideal. Uncovered or recessed upright sprinkler heads are obviously not an option, but they can be concealed by the sprinkler hose itself so they blend in with the surrounding ductwork, pipes, wiring, etc.


Examples of buildings that may have open ceilings include:

  • Modern restaurants
  • Offices
  • Warehouses

Tight Spaces 

In certain rooms, there isn’t enough space on the ceiling for a sprinkler system to be fitted. In these cases, sidewall heads should be considered. They are attached in smaller areas like hallways and closets; attached to the walls or to beams.


They can dispense water in a half-circle for improved coverage in such a small area thanks to their half-deflector. They are also perfect for spaces where other fire sprinkler systems are ineffective due to aesthetic issues or obstructions.


Examples of areas that may require sidewall heads include:

  • Hallways
  • Rooms without ceiling piping

Our Fire Sprinkler Systems

At RAD Fire Sprinklers, we provide the installation of fire sprinkler heads throughout residential and commercial buildings across the UK. Our experts understand which fire sprinkler types work the best for each individual property and the benefits these systems can have. 


For more information, or to receive a quote on our fire sprinkler heads, fill in our online form here. Or, give us a call on 01892 680 090.

Mist system was a great solution for our renovation needs and them team at RAD have been great. Always communicated clearly and been on hand to discuss over the phone as needed. Would highly recommend!
09:32 17 Jul 22
I have used RAD for a couple of projects and found them to be good to deal with. They did a pair of 3 storey open plan houses and seven three and four story town houses. The sprinklers were to improve fire safety, allow more flexible space and comply with building regulations. The sprinklers were far more cost effective than the mist type systems and look very discrete when installed.
Paul Jeary
15:50 11 Jul 22
It has been a pleasure to deal with RAD for installation of fire sprinklers at our site is Sevenoaks. They were fast, professional, working to time and quote, which made it easy to work with them.
Katrina Horobin
12:03 29 Jun 22
My requirement was a bit unusual for RAD in that I wanted a mist system in one room of a rented house. I had no drawings or technical back up. RAD were very helpful and repositioned the unit after the initial installation. Luckily with the help of Sonny, the engineer it all worked out very well.
Simon Gurney
16:16 12 May 22
I have used RAD for the last 10 years for all of my housing developments in need of a sprinkler system. Easy process from start to finish and no issues or problems throughout. Always someone at hand to answer a querie and we have a great working relationship with the team at RAD. Would highly recommend.
15:33 12 May 22
Diligent & a very professional team. A joy to deal with. Will certainly be calling on them to help with many more future schemes.
Jason Tema
22:17 08 Jul 19
Great team, fitting sprinklers, saving lives & property... What more could you wish for!!!
Colin P
17:53 01 Jul 17
Excellent company & great service... This company rocks! They sprinkle fires & save lives!!!
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07:15 16 Dec 16
As somebody who feels that it should be a necessity for all properties to have fire sprinkler systems, I am a big fan of this company. I have used them numerous times to service my home system and they are very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend their service.
Kate Fraser
09:25 30 Mar 15
One look at Rad Fire Sprinkler's website will tell you that these guys know exactly what they are talking about when it comes to Fire Sprinklers and the legislation surrounding fire safety. A very trustworthy company.
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