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Key Differences Between Residential and Commercial Sprinklers

The following information is aimed to inform users about the key differences between residential and commercial sprinklers.

A popular question that is brought up on a regular basis is  “What are the key differences between residential and commercial sprinklers?”. This is something that requires a definite answer, allowing everyone to understand the similarities and differences between commercial and domestic sprinklers. The reason for having fire sprinklers can vary from company to company, and home to home, but the purpose never changes. Sprinklers are a fire precaution that is put in place to take control should a fire risk be present. Whether you require a fire sprinkler for a building with ten floors or a small house it’s important to know the benefits that a sprinkler system can offer.

With both commercial and domestic properties requiring fire sprinklers for the same purpose, the reasons for having the systems can differ. Whether it be for building control approval and peace of mind for a new home buyer or for insurance requirements for business owners, we appreciate how important fire sprinklers are. With that said, let’s weigh up the difference between domestic and commercial  sprinklers

What is the fundamental difference?

The most fundamental difference between the 2 types of system is the quantity of water available. A residential property will never have as much water available. Consequently, residential sprinkler heads are designed to be triggered at an earlier stage of a fire.

Benefits of Domestic Sprinklers

Domestic fire sprinklers aren’t necessarily a requirement for homeowners, but they’re extremely beneficial. From fire protection to tackling a fire right from the start, there are many benefits for domestic fire sprinklers. Below, we have listed the benefits of domestic sprinklers.

  • Reduces the level of damage caused
  • Insurance companies may provide discounts for sprinkled properties
  • Allows buildings to be built or converted
  • Tackles fires right from the very start – even if you’re not there
  • Great peace of mind for everyone living with you

Benefits of Commercial Sprinklers

Just like the points above, commercial fire sprinklers are highly beneficial for business owners. Not only do fire sprinklers help with fire protection, they are a requirement in most commercial offices and workplaces. Even where they’re not required, having them there can be great peace of mind for both staff and employees. Please see a list of benefits of commercial sprinklers below.

  • Secures the risk of any fires getting out of hand
  • Peace of mind for both staff and employees
  • Minimal damage of surroundings and assets
  • Full control of your building
  • Low maintenance and costs


So here it comes, the conclusion to commercial vs. domestic sprinklers… The fundamental statement of fire sprinklers for both commercial and domestic is that they are exactly the same. After all, they have the same goal wherever they’re installed. However, depending on the type of fire sprinkler you require, it can result in different benefits and specifications. The number of sprinklers you have in your building and the type of sprinkler you choose can alter the performance. Before running into a decision about the pros and cons of commercial and domestic fire sprinklers, consider your needs and requirements.

When researching domestic fire sprinkler systems, it can be useful to compare the difference between sprinklers and mist systems. This will explain more information about sprinklers for residential customers. With many options and such a choice for your automatic fire sprinkler protection, we hope that you have been able to discover more about our systems.

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.
Adam Hudson
16:45 15 Nov 13

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