What You Should Know About Securing Garage Service Doors
Whether it’s your home or your business, if you have a garage you know how important it is to secure it with a properly installed garage door and garage door opener. But what many home and business owners fail to recognize is that this normally isn’t the only door in relation to the garage that you need to properly secure. Yes, most garages also have standard doorways as points of entry either into the garage itself or from the garage and into another facility. These service doors permit access to garages without having to open the main door and can also lead as throughways to other areas. While these “man doors” are important to secure when it comes to residential properties, they’re arguably more important to properly secure for businesses. After all, a thief that gains forced entry could potentially steal a lot more than just equipment, but the confidential information of a company’s clients as well.
Noting this, it’s important to secure these garage service doors with the proper locking technologies and hardware. This post is designed to take a look at how to best secure these types of doors.
Knowing Your ANSI Standards
Before we get into specific types of locks, it’s worth mentioning that ANSI (the American National Standards Institute) has come up with three grades of door locks to better help consumers select the appropriate one for their application. In grading locks on criteria, ANSI puts them through rigorous testing that spans many categories, such as security, weight and cycles. Here’s a brief overview of the three ANSI grades when it comes to door locks and deadbolts, according to the Standards Institute:
Considered to be “good,” these locks and deadbolts are more intended for residential properties, as they meet such building requirements. Specifically, they provide the minimal amount of security compared to ANSI’s other two grades. These types of products can withstand 200,000 cycles (i.e., one turning of the knob), two door strikes and a 150-pound weight test. In order to qualify as ANSI Grade 1, deadbolts have to be able to endure at least 100,000 cycles and two door strikes.
Considered “better,” these types of locks and deadbolts are designed to meet the requirements of most commercial properties. ANSI Grade 2 knobs can withstand 400,000 cycles, four door strikes and 250 pounds, and deadbolts can withstand 150,000 cycles and five door strikes.
These are the best types of locks and deadbolts available that offer the highest level of security. These grades of products meet all commercial needs. Specifically, knobs can endure 800,000 cycles, six strikes and 360 pounds of weight. ANSI Grade 1 deadbolts can endure 250,000 cycles and 10 door strikes.
Locks and Products
Now that you know a little bit about what grade of locks and deadbolts you need for your specific property, we can discuss some of the specific products that can be effective when it comes to garage service door security. Here’s a look:
Standard Lock and Deadbolt
Minimally, any type of garage security should consist of at least a standard lock and deadbolt. When it comes to deadbolts, you can select from either a single-cylinder version or a double-cylinder version. The former type of deadbolt is operated by key from the outside of the door, but offers a turn latch on the inside of the door. A double-cylinder deadbolt, conversely, must be activated by key on both sides of the door. While double-cylinder deadbolts are generally more secure, they are more inconvenient at certain times.
Locksets and Handlesets
These types of locks are typically more secure than your standard door lock and deadbolt in that they can be locked both from the inside and from the outside. Combining them with a deadbolt only makes them more secure.
As technology has advanced, so have locks – and the technological advancements of locks can be seen in keyless models, which are considered more advanced types of home and business security. One big reason why keyless locks are typically considered more secure than standard models is due to the built-in anti-theft features that many offer. Specifically, certain models offer rolling codes, which ensure that the same code is never used twice. Others will sound an alarm if an incorrect code is consistently entered. Many can also be operated or monitored via a mobile app, and some can even be programmed to integrate with the main garage door itself. These types of locks are a bit more expensive, but for many, the payoff is worth it in the long run.
While this qualifies as more of a lock accessory than an actual lock, garage service door locks can be reinforced to further prevent unwanted intrusion. This is simply done with a lock reinforcer, which is a metal sleeve that essentially wraps the strike plate as well as the areas in the door around the knobs to provide extra strength and security from tampering. These reinforcer plates also usually come with screws that go much deeper into the door itself compared to the standard, shallower screws out of the package.
As you can see, when it comes to garage security, the main garage door isn’t the only door you need to be serious about safeguarding – you need to properly secure any service doors as well. For more information on garage service door security, contact Great Valley Lockshop today at 610-644-5334