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The Locksmith Evolution: Electric Strikes

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The Locksmith Evolution: Electric Strikes

The locksmith industry is an ever-evolving field, and businesses need to stay current to make sure their properties are as secure as possible. At The Flying Locksmiths, we keep up with the latest advancements so we can give our clients the security solutions they need, even if they don’t know the ins and outs of every moving part. In this series of blog posts, we’re giving you a closer look at the products and services we offer so you have a better understanding of what goes into making your doors (and the rest of your property) secure.

An often overlooked but essential piece of a door is the electric strike, the component in the door jamb that releases the door once the door is unlocked. While there are many different kinds of electric strikes, one thing is true: the electric strike is crucial to the security and function of any entry door!

WHY IS AN ELECTRIC STRIKE IMPORTANT?
An electric strike gives you the ability to remotely control your door; you can lock and unlock the door even if you aren’t physically there, making the hassles of mechanical keys a thing of the past. If you want a card, smartphone, or another advanced access system, an electric strike is a must.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once it’s installed in the door jamb, the electric strike sends a signal to release the latch to open the door. The exact details differ depending on the type of door and lock. Electric strikes can be activated through a card reader, smartphone signal, keycode system, intercom system, and many other options.

ARE ELECTRIC STRIKES DURABLE?
Electric strikes are required to pass rigorous tests to be approved. Independent rating agencies require them to pass fire safety tests, so you know these products will stand up to extreme conditions.

WHAT HAPPENS TO AN ELECTRIC STRIKE DURING A POWER FAILURE?
Electric strikes are either “fail secure” or “fail-safe.” A fail-safe door automatically unlocks when the power goes out. A fail secure door does the opposite, meaning the door will remain locked in the event of a power failure. Most businesses choose fail-secure locks for their doors. However, don’t worry about safety: other exit devices can be used in tandem with the lock to ensure everyone can get out of the building safely, even in the event of a power failure.

CAN MY DOOR BE FITTED WITH AN ELECTRIC STRIKE?
Fortunately, electric strikes are one of our many specialties at The Flying Locksmiths. We can install this on virtually any door so that you can take advantage of the card access system, smartphone access system, or other advanced access systems of your choice. Whether you value convenience or increased security, we can help you with an advanced security method for your door.

The Flying Locksmiths continue to deliver the best security solutions and pay attention to all the little details to make sure your doors are secure, no matter the circumstances. Find out how we can install an electric strike on your door, and make sure you follow our blog to learn more during our Locksmith Evolution series!