CAN EVERY DOOR ON MY PROPERTY ACCOMMODATE A SMART LOCK?
Smart locks are wonderful and convenient, that’s for sure. But that doesn’t mean every door on your property can or should accommodate one. What about glass doors like those often found on commercial buildings? The vertical metal frame on each side of a glass door is known as a stile. To align with the sleek aesthetic of a glass door, these stiles are often too narrow to accommodate a connected smart lock. Instead, these doors often require hardwired access or a door system that’s hardwired into your property’s power supply, requiring its own panel and wiring to operate. The same is true for high-traffic doors like main entrances at a commercial or residential building. The batteries in even the best smart lock would wear out quickly with this constant traffic, so hardwired access is the solution instead. Because such solutions require a powered connection, they must be installed by an electrical professional. In fact, any hardwired door requires guidance and installation by an access control specialist.
DO I NEED WEATHERPROOF HARDWARE AT ANY OF MY DOORS?
Just imagine buying and installing a smart lock only to find it doesn’t function when it rains heavily or freezes on very cold winter days. Remember, each area of the country has its own climate challenges requiring certain grades and types of smart locks. Again, relying on expert guidance ensures you’ll find the right solution. Such professionals are well versed in lock grades (developed by the American National Standards Institute) and their corresponding applications.
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