Commercial Door Security

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By Amy Jo Garner

Entrance and exit doors of commercial facilities, whether an office building, retail store, or manufacturing facility, require security features that stand up to normal usage and forced entry. Security can be enhanced with the proper commercial door locks whether or not the door will be wired into an alarm system.

When purchasing locks and other door hardware, building owners should look for security features that include tamper resistant locks, reinforcers that prevent kick-ins, push-pad devices that resist prying, and concealed mounting screws.

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies offers several lines of commercial door hardware for the security-conscious building manager, including Schlage, Falcon, Glynn-Johnson, Ives, Dor-O-Matic, Monarch, Von Duprin and LCN. The hardware selections include locks, deadlocks, trim, exit devices and door closers. A commercial door outfitted with products from any of these product lines is a more secure door than one utilizing inferior generic products purchased at do-it-yourself home improvement stores.

Buyers may be particularly interested in products such as the Von Duprin GUARD-X Exit Device. This product is designed for use on secondary emergency exit doors and is already clearly marked as “exit only.” It is also alarm code compliant to interface with the building alarm system. This is an excellent product for retail establishments such as restaurants, grocery stores and discount stores.

Facilities that require monitored access may want to install electromagnetic door holders such as the LCN SEM7800 Series Magnet. The magnets hold the door closed until the current is interrupted. These devices can be used on doors monitored by personnel or by 24-hour keypad access. This product is a good choice for hospitals and limited access facilities. Another option for doors leading into limited access areas is door hardware designed with delayed access features. Von Duprin’s patented “Chexit” hardware provides a self-contained system for controlling access.

Even with modern security practices, deadlocks play an important role in securing a building. The finest deadlocks are constructed with solid brass cylinders and include a metal dust box reinforcer with three-inch screws. When shopping for deadlocks for an exterior door, look for locks specified for heavy-duty applications and carrying the ANSI A156.5, 2001, Grade 1 certification, such as the Schlage B600-Series.

Popular hardware carries a full line of Schlage and Von Duprin products and can handle large orders and special orders. Amy Garner is a freelance writer in Oklahoma who writes on a variety of business topics.

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