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Feb 01 2021

Electric Strikes

Like in technology, the only thing that is constant in locksmith is improvement. The industry is always evolving, and Top Atlanta Locksmith strives to stay at the cutting edge. We keep up with all of the developments so that we can give our clients top-quality service and options. In this article, we are going to review the electric strike. If you have ever had a door “buzz” open, then you likely interacted with an electric strike. If this article leaves any questions or concerns on your mind, then feel free to call Top Atlanta Locksmith to consult with a professional. We are also ready to dispatch a certified locksmith to your location regardless of the time of the day – or night. Let’s get started.

What Is an Electric Strike?

Let’s start with the second word: strike. The strike, or door strike, is the metal plate that “catches” the latch or bolt to hold the door shut. An electric strike is simply the electronic version and is connected to a power supply. They are opened by pressing a panic bar, swiping a card, sending a smartphone signal, entering an access code, and many other ways. You generally hear the “buzz” sound when it is opened. Then, when the door closes behind you, it automatically locks again.

Fail-Secure Vs. Fail-Safe Electric Strikes

An electric strike will either be fail-secure or fail-safe. Their difference is in what happens in the event of a power outage:

  • Fail-Secure Electric Strike: Most businesses prefer the fail-secure electric strike because it remains locked during a power outage. With a fail-secure electric strike, you will not have to worry about unauthorized entries when the power goes out. Don’t worry, you can always exit from the inside with a panic bar or other manual release device. The electric strike is only locked from the outside.
  • Fail-Safe Electric Strike: Conversely, a fail-safe electric strike is completely open in the event of a power loss. You would be right to worry about security in this case. 

Advantages of Electric Strikes

First and foremost, electric strikes are outright convenient. You can allow or deny entry from the comfort of your work desk or, frankly, anywhere thanks to Wi-Fi compatible models. You can even share customized and temporary access codes with guests, clients, or service providers.

Secondly, they are secure, especially if you opt for the fail-secure electric strike. For the fail-safe electric strike, we recommend that your property has backup energy in the event of a power outage. Electric strikes can be activated with a card, access code, smartphone signal, and more.

Finally, an electric strike installation is easy and affordable. The professionals at Top Atlanta Locksmith have all of the experience and tools to have your installation complete in as soon as within thirty minutes.

Can I Get an Electric Strike on My Door?

Experienced locksmiths at Top Atlanta Locksmith can install an electric strike on virtually any door. However, we do suggest you think twice about installing them on interior stairwell doors as they can be an obstruction during a fire alarm or other emergency.