Businesses and organizations worldwide choose to install security doors to provide additional protection for personnel and equipment or products. However, like any materials or system, doors will not last forever and retrofitting may be required to upgrade and enhance your security doors. This article will provide an overview of what’s essential when retrofitting a new security door.
Why Install a Security Door?
Whether you want to increase protection in your home, business, or organization, installing a security door is one of the easiest ways to do this as the first line of defense. If you choose the right one, a security door can benefit a business. These advantages include additional privacy, managing temperatures, and acting as a barrier to harsh weather conditions. Another aspect to consider is that security doors can be made to look stylish, often deceiving potential threats into thinking the doors are standard types and easier to force entry.
Key Things to Consider When Retrofitting a Security Door
Retrofitting components in a business environment means new equipment is installed to improve the systems already in place. While some of these considerations apply to home security and front doors, we will focus on security doors for businesses. There are numerous benefits to retrofitting a security door, such as improving the door strength or updating the fire safety requirements. However, upgrades can have some drawbacks if not carried out correctly.
In this section, we will look at some key aspects you should consider when retrofitting a security door and how to turn these into benefits that will enhance your security.
Access Control Systems
There are many ways in which access control systems can be implemented to improve the security levels of your business. Some will be suitable for office buildings, whereas others will be designed to protect businesses and public establishments.
Access control systems can be used for external gates, individual offices or rooms, and many other places where restricted access helps to increase security. This can be enforced in several ways:
- By requiring a card, fob, or smartphone-authorized entry to a door
- Installing alarms for doors left open or unlocked
- Setting up time-limited access
Retrofitting the door lock or lock system should be considered if you’re not looking to upgrade an entire door system. You could upgrade to a more secure lock style or install a multi-point locking system or a ‘red button’ locking system in case of an active threat.
Patented Key Control
Implementing patented locks and keys is a straightforward way of improving your security door system. While these locks heighten your door’s physical strength, they will also help reduce the chances of keys being copied and used to gain unauthorized access.
Strength / Impact Protection
It is worth considering an upgrade if your doors are old or have been worn down via impact or harsh conditions. When retrofitting a security door, you should consider replacing the door itself and door frame with high levels of impact-resistant. This will protect the business or building against threats and help withstand weather conditions like snowstorms or hurricanes (similar to a storm door).
Windows, or not?
Many security doors can be manufactured with a window pane. Installing these can be beneficial depending on the business, whether a long, centered window or a small viewing window. Having a window in your door reduces the need or temptation to open the door and see who is on the other side, as well as letting in light.
Armortex Security Doors
At Armortex, retrofitting security doors is a key part of our business. We understand that removing and installing entirely new systems can be expensive and time-consuming, so we develop security doors that can be integrated into existing structures and systems.
Contact us today for more information on retrofitting security doors or any other security products we provide.