Everyone involved in the commercial real estate industry, from building owners and operators to installers and integrators, should have a working knowledge of business door locks. After all, they are one of the most crucial factors to consider while attempting to preserve the safety of a property.
Continue reading if you don’t know much about commercial locks.
Commercial Door Locks
The term “commercial door locks” refers to any mechanical or electronic lock graded for commercial use and is ideal for use in commercial settings, such as offices, businesses, industrial facilities, and other types of commercial real estate. These locks can be graded for use in residential settings as well.
In contrast to the locks used in residential homes, those used in commercial properties must meet the business environment’s specific requirements. Door locks of commercial quality are often designed to be secure, long-lasting, and convenient for several tenants — sometimes dozens or even hundreds — to use regularly.
Commercial Grade Locks
Commercial grade locks are the industry standards that ensure the quality and specification of commercial door locks. Commercial door locks may be identified by their grade. Lock grades provide builders, contractors, locksmiths, owners, and operators with guidance for selecting the most suitable hardware for each of their structures.
There are three different tiers of quality available for commercial door locks.
Locks rated as Grade 1 are the locks that are now available and are known for their superior strength, durability, and level of safety. These heavy-duty commercial door locks can endure twice as much use as grade 2 or grade 3 locks, which helps to optimise the level of security they provide.
Doors on the interior and outside buildings like schools, hospitals, and other places of business with high levels of safety and security typically use locks of the Grade 1 variety.
In terms of both security and durability, a commercial grade 2 lock is an option that falls somewhere in the middle between grade 1 and grade 2 locks. Most of the time, you’ll find them installed at outdoor entries with little or moderate foot traffic and interior entryways that demand a high level of protection, such as those leading to storage rooms with expensive equipment.
Locks rated as Grade 3 are considered ordinary locks and suitable for most other light applications. Doors in residential buildings, workplaces with a minimal level of security, and spaces with little foot activity, such as supply closets or break rooms, generally have locks with a grade 3 rating put on them.
Commercial Door Locks with Keypads
Users of a business door lock equipped with a keypad can access the door without needing to physically insert a key by entering a PIN code instead. Most of these locksets incorporate either a keypad with numbered buttons or a touchscreen interface with numbers directly into the lockset itself.
You will either need to utilise the lock’s hardware to programme the PIN codes on-site or use the software with the lock to programme the codes remotely. Either way, setting up PIN codes for the lock will require your presence.
Key Card Commercial Door Locks
Users of a commercial key card lock may unlock a door without needing to physically insert a key since the lock reads a programmed card instead of the key. Most key card locks use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to transfer signals between the lock reader and the user’s card. A built-in RFID reader is included in the lockset. Before handing them out to residents, the personnel at the building must first programme each key card.
A key card lock and a commercial key fob door lock system are virtually indistinguishable. The only notable change is that customers now scan a fob rather than a card to obtain access. Everything else about the operation is the same.
South Coast Locksmiths is compatible with a wide variety of commercial smart locks, which allows us to simplify the process of entering and moving about your facility. Contact us for further details.