Picture it: You rise from bed energized and in a wonderful mood. You sip your freshly brewed coffee over the morning news. You head to work for another day of successful business.
As you approach your storefront door, you immediately know something’s wrong. Your stomach turns over as you step up to the entrance. The door stands ajar, lock busted, inventory gone. Your life’s work gone in an instant.
You don’t have to risk this kind of devastation. You can protect and empower yourself with the most up-to-date security measures available. Let’s explore ways you can upgrade your storefront doors.
Why Should I Consider Upgrading The Locks On My Storefront Doors?
Standards for security measures are constantly changing, and locks that may have been up-to-date 10 or even 5 years ago may no longer be that secure. Security standards can be updated as often as every few years. You’ll want to get the most current information on how your storefront doors fare when it comes to locks and security, and make an informed decision from there.
What Should I Be Concerned About In Terms of Security?
There are several potential concerns when it comes to protecting your business. From keeping up with technological advances to lost keys, here are some areas you’ll want to consider.
Keeping Up with Technology
We can’t get around it. Technology is constantly changing, forcing certain security measures to become obsolete. It’s important to keep up with these changes, as this could save you thousands of dollars in the future.
This is an area we’d all rather not think happens, but it’s possible. If one of your employees becomes resentful for whatever reasons, he or she may consider selling access to your business.
Word gets around. Community members, current or previous employees or other business owners may talk. If it gets out that you give little attention to keeping your locks secure, your business may be more vulnerable to a robbery.
As with anything else, over time your locks will begin to wear out. Having potentially faulty locks can put your business at risk for break-ins.
Due Diligence and Insurance Coverage
Business Insurance is a must. In the unfortunate case of a break-in, your insurance coverage may or may not cover the losses if you cannot prove due diligence in keeping your business safe from intruders.
Nobody’s perfect, and we all make mistakes. But when this mistake is a breach of confidential information, it can be devestating for your business. If an employee carelessly shares security information about your locks, keys, computer system or other vital information, it could fall into the wrong hands to be used against you. The more frequently you update your locks, the less likely this scenario is to be a concern.
Lost or Stolen Key
The longer it’s been between upgrading your locks, the more likely that a lost or stolen key will be found by someone you’d rather not have it.
What Are My Options In Terms of Style For Upgraded Security?
You have many options when it comes to choosing the style for your storefront doors.
Aluminum Glass Door
This selection is popular due to its inviting appearance and open style. The width of the aluminum stiles can range from the narrow 2 inches to the medium 3 1/2 inches to the wide 5 inches. Aluminum glass doors can come in swinging, sliding or telescoping styles based on your preference for either hinges or pivots.
Swinging doors can be used with continuous hinges, butt hinges or pivots. With center-hung pivots, your doors will be able to swing both inward and outward. If you choose offset pivots, butt hinges or continuous hinges, your door will be able to swing only one way. Single-acting pivots hold the knuckle positioned on the outer part of your door.
Hinges or pivots
There are advantages and disadvantage to any option you choose, and deciding whether to use hinges and pivots for your storefront doors is no exception.
- Pivots– offer more efficiency when it comes to door function by evening out the weight of the door over the pivot, and they’re adjustable
- Hinges– offer more consistency in sizes, allowing them to be more readily interchangeable, use three or four points of connection, and they’re less expensive than pivots
These offer assistance to those who have trouble accessing doors, such as the elderly or people with physical limitations.
What Are My Options In Terms of Performance For Upgraded Security?
There are different options to choose from in the level of security performance for your storefront doors. Here are a few to consider.
Invisible Door Check
This element can be applied to certain types of storefront doors either in the door closer, in the floor or within the header. These door checks are often more expensive and require regular upkeep.
Storefront Door Locks
You can opt for security that is either electromechanical or mechanical. Pivoting deadlocks, made with laminated steel and an approximately 2 inch throw, offer a high level of security for your business.
Electronic locks, utilizing a keypad on the outside, use an electromagnetic lock on either door. These can be easily overriden by management in the case of a malfunction.
A few other options to consider include:
- Surface-mount electric strikes- require no cut in the jamb
- Latch Protectors
- Latch and Lock Cylinder Protectors
- Strike Protectors
Support In Upgrading Your Storefront Doors
As a business owner, you know the value of keeping your office or store safe. You’ve worked hard to get where you are today, and security is likely your top priority. For more information and support on upgrading your storefront doors, call us at (610) 644-5334 or fill out our free, online estimate request form!