Like most people, you probably have all sorts of visitors to your home, from repairmen to new guests. Even if all trustworthy, they may mention the presence of a “large vault door” to just the wrong person, leaving you at risk of burglar’s attraction. Losing control over knowledge of your vault is a stressful situation.
No matter how thick the door, a few minutes with a large pry bar or a even a $20 edge grinder can almost always break in to a residential vault. You’ve probably seen online the multiple videos showing large safes being cut open from the side, picked from the front, or pried open from the edges. But vaults are even more vulnerable: every wall is a possible entry point.
A vault door indicates to a burglar that the most valuables items in the home are within this room. The criminal now knows to spend all his time here – the place you hope he most avoids. Even if concrete reinforced or lined with bullet resistant fiberglass, a criminal can use effective tools on any vulnerability in the walls, floors or ceiling.
A gun room provides much more space than a big gun safe. For example, suppose you have a 4 foot square closet. If you hide a gun safe inside, you have space for a few guns. If however, you instead add a gun room door to the closet, you have space for maybe 30 guns! Suppose we look at one of the largest gun safe, such as the Fort Knox Guardian 7261 Vault. This is designed to hold up to 100 weapons, depending on weapon size. This giant gun safe only provides internal space of about 5 feet height, 4 feet width, and 1 and a half feet depth.
By simply adding a door you can create an entire secure room for your guns. You don’t want to buy a large gun safe and then realize in a year it’s too small! We have clients all the time who works with us because year after year they realize they are running out of space in their gun safe and want to construct a walk in gun safe instead.
While counter-intuitive, big gun safes can cost significantly more than creating an actual gun room – despite being much smaller. This is because a walk in gun room leverages the space that is ALREADY in your home! With a gun safe, you are paying a significant amount for the material to simply encompass air.
How much does the big 100 gun safe mentioned above cost? Over $7,000. How much does one of our secret doors cost? Starting at just $1,600. On top of that, this same Fort Knox Guardian 7261 Vault weighs 1660lbs. Imagine the cost of shipping that to your home! What about the cost of just moving it from one room of your house to another?
This is where a big gun safe can succeed. Gun safes can be rated to different levels of fire safety, which indicate how long it can withstand a burning room before taking damage. However, one can relatively easily provide fire retardant sprays to increase the fire protection to their gun room. But there is an additional very easy solution. Those with high value firearms can simply keep their most valuable firearms in a fire-safe container within the walk in gun room.
What you’ve been told by your local safe salesman is wrong – security is not about buying the bulkiest gun safe. Security is of limited value without secrecy. A giant safe tells people that your home has something worth stealing. Unfortunately, even with basic tools, a criminal can usually break in to a safe in just a few minutes – just do a quick search of Youtube to see. That’s why secrecy is a critical aspect to security.
And this is is where the biggest value of a walk in gun safe comes in. Rather than have a giant safe out in the open causing visitors imagination to run wild, by simply using a secret vault door your valuable guns will never be located. That is why it is important to not just buy a standard vault door, but rather a SECRET vault door. This is what our company has been specializing in, for 12 years.
The vault door is disguised like an ornate, gold-leaf armoire door. Hand crafted wood and delicate painting ensure that the armoire could fit in to the most sophisticated of homes.
A hidden compartment conceals an iris scanner inside. A successful eye scan unlocks door spindle. Coat hooks on doors act as handle to retract vault pins.
Security bolts are located on all four sides of the door for complete seal. Door can be locked from inside and outside. Integrated with ballistic material.
-Steve Humble, Founder
We’ve worked with clients at the highest end of security requirements – from royalty to ransom targets – allowing us to share the best practices in creating a walk in gun room. A gun room is far superior to a your standard gun safe. Read on to find out why!