On your quest to shop for the right safe, one of the first questions you have to ask yourself is what kind of safe is best for you. Below are listed several different kinds of safes to choose from as a quick starting point; also check out our website for high quality used safes for sale that we generally have in stock at all times.
Wall safes are installed and mounted within a wall.
- Pro: Wall safes are generally good for easy access. They can also be discrete, as they can be easily concealed.
- Con: However, wall safes generally provide far less protection against fire or burglary, as they can be pried from the wall.
As the name suggests, floor safes are usually installed and built within the floor.
- Pro: Like wall safes, floor safes can be very discrete and easy to conceal. They can be conveniently installed anywhere in your home.
- Con: One does not get as much interior capacity for the amount of money they are spending as well as general lack of ease of use to the safe being installed in not commonly used areas.
These kinds of safes are free-standing and are either very heavy or bolted to the floor to prevent burglars from moving out of the house. The reinforced steel around the walls and door of a burglary safe keeps at bay the prying hands and tools of robbers.
- Pro: This is the most common type of safe sold, and for a reason; not only are they easy to install, but serve as a superior form of burglary prevention. Whether you use a good old-fashioned combination dial or a more modern digital keypad, these safes are usually easy to access.
- Con: If you try a burglary safe, they aren’t usually easy to conceal. If you want fire protection, you will lose some interior space due to the thicker door and body.
As the name suggests, these kinds of safes protect best from fires and are rated as such. These safes are usually your best option if you plan on storing valuable paper items or flammable possessions.
One important thing to keep in mind is that such a thing as a “100% fireproof safe” doesn’t exist. Fire safes are rated according to fire resistance, or for the rate of time they can withstand an intense fire.
- Pro: The insulation materials within the walls and door of the safe greatly improve the chances that the safe’s contents will survive a fire.
- Con: The majority of fire resistant safes only will make a trade-off and provide a bit less in the way of burglary protection.
If you’ve decided that a safe would be a good investment, you’re probably on your way to researching different kinds of safes. In the process, you will likely have asked yourself some key questions, such as:
- What will I be keeping in this safe?
- How big should the safe be, based on the items I plan to keep inside it?
- How often will I need to access the safe?
All three questions are very important, yet there are other considerations in purchasing used safes for sale that you may or may not have considered.
Who is it that you’re trying to keep out of the safe?
This is the inverse of the question “what do you plan to keep in the safe?” and it can be just as important. Consider whether you’re keeping out would-be burglary, or if its simply pesky children or nosy co-workers. If the latter two are the case, than a safe with the highest security measures is probably a lower priority than a safe that is convenient.
Wall safes can be effective for those who seek convenient access and discretion. Free-standing safes, on the other hand, usually offer great fire protection and more storage space than wall safes would allow.
Do you really need fire protection?
Most of the time, your answer to this question is probably yes.
Fire protection, however, will come with both additional physical weight and cost. Superior safe manufacturers will usually take a burglary safe and add a two inch amalgamate material, which is very fire resistant. Other safe companies may install drywall into the inner walls of the safe, resulting in a safe that, although fire resistant, is far less effective as a defense against burglars.
The case in which fire resistance may be less of a concern is if your home or office has a sprinkler system. Since a sprinkler system can serve as superior fire protection already. If interested in great safes that can protect you from both burglary and fire, both Amsec Safes and ISM Safes are great options.
What other kinds of burglary protection do you have around the house or office?
Do you have an alarm where your safe will be placed? If you already have a security system in place, you shouldn’t depend on it alone to guard your valuables.
Depending on how intelligent and skilled the robber is, any safe could be compromised, but an alarm system can reduce the time in which the robber can take your valuables. If you’re especially worried about burglars and robbers, a wall safe is probably not your best bet, as they can be easily accessed.
Consider, also, the average police response time in your area. If you have a home or office security system in place, they may know what the likely average police response time would be for a burglary incident. The general rule, however, is that if you live in a more isolated area, the police may take more time to respond.
Every safe manufacturer will have a different method of telling you that their safe is the best and most secure out there. That doesn’t mean that you should trust the first safe manufacturer you come across. It’s wise to shop around and compare different manufacturers for your next safe purchase.
The first thing you should do is do a comparison on some of the most fundamental features you need in a safe. While some safe manufacturers may make some outrageous claims about the safety of their safes by making their own ratings, these fundamental features boil it down to basics: what features do you really need to look at when shopping?
Size and Dimension
We’re not only talking about outer measurements and dimensions, but also the inner dimensions of the safe, which are just as important – if not more so.
Inner dimensions determine how much stuff you’ll be able to fit in the safe, so you always may want to consider the interior cubic capacity of the safe. Some manufacturers, unfortunately, do not provide this information, so looking at the information they provide you regarding outer dimensions will have to be the next best thing.
A safes ability to protect from fire and theft comes not only from inner insulation for reinforced steel plating, but from the safe’s weight.
A heavy safe will likely be insulated with fire-resistant materials. Take note of whether the manufacturer’s safe insulation are made from fireboard, which is a light-weight material that actually doesn’t protect it well from fire. On the other hand, poured concrete will protect very well from fire.
You’ll find that the best fire and burglary safes are the ones that weigh the heaviest – many times heavier than safes that use only fireboard.
Thickness of the Steel
Yet another important consideration. The higher the number in this case, the more protection you get. The general rule here is anything that has steel walls that measure one-quarter of an inch thick or more, or has steel doors with a half-inch thick steel reinforcement or more, will be a fairly secure safe.
A safe could be heavy, but it doesn’t mean its all steel. Find out how much of the safe’s weight is contributed by the steel, as opposed to any cheaper composite material.
So you’ve decided that you want to buy a safe. By now, you’ve mulled it over and decided that the valuables you wish to protect is worth the expense of a high security safe.
First, you should decide which kind of safe you need- you can always consider AMSEC Safes as they are a great option. There are lots of different safes and some vital differences between them. The style of safe you buy depends on several factors:
- What you will be storing in them
- How big the items are that you plan to store
- Where you will put it
- How often you will need to access the safe
After you’ve done your research and decided which kind of safe is best for your valuables, it helps to do even more research and learn some of the common industry lingo for safes. Also research how safes are rated and consider what kind of security your valuables really need. For example, if you’re using a safe mainly to store papers, than fire protection should be your first priority; in a house fire, the steel of the safe will get hot enough to burn through papers if not properly enforced with fire protection.
After knowing enough about the kind of safe you want, make a list of what you need out of your safe. From safety ratings to fire protection or kinds of locks, you should be able to list your priorities in your safe.
After knowing exactly what you need out of your safe, it’s time to go shopping. Compare safe manufacturers and see if they can fulfill your safe requirements. This can be, unfortunately, the most time consuming part of the process, as many manufacturers may not provide as much information as to their ability to protect, and may even use their own terminology and industry lingo that may confuse you. The general rule, then, is that a good safe should have at least one-quarter inch steel body with a half-inch steel door, or more. If you settle for anything less just because of budget concerns, you’ll have a far less secure safe on your hands and could be throwing a lot of money away on a product that may not even do half the job of protecting your valuables.
Once you’ve chosen the right manufacturer to choose from, it will be about time to make a wise and measured decision on what safe to get. If you want the absolute best safe that customers in the US Market buy- you can consider looking into TRTL30x6 Safes but they do get rather pricey for even the smallest ones.
A safe is a substantial purchase, so before you dive into safe shopping, you’ll have to ask yourself several questions to get you on track. When your through answering these questions for yourself, you may even come to the conclusion that you don’t need a safe. Either way, in order to make a wise safe purchase, you’ll need to mull over several things first in order to find which safe is best suited to your needs, or if you even need one at all.
What will you be storing in the safe? How much do your valuables cost?
This is not only the most important question, but it’s the entire point of buying a safe in the first place. Are your valuables irreplaceable? Do they have significant sentimental value or untold monetary value?
If you’re storing jewelry or watches, you’ll want to consider luxury jewelry safes or estate safes, which includes a soft interior and special compartments to keep your valuable jewelry. Some home jewelry safes include special features designed especially for the easy of storage of high end jewelry.
What about if you’re storing more lightweight items, such as documents, photos or money? These things may not be as high in monetary value as jewelry, but they could be just as irreplaceable, and keeping them confidential and well-protected could be vital. In this case, a well-graded fireproof safe could be just what you need to protect your documents from any misfortune, such as a house fire.
How often will you be opening your safe?
This is also an important consideration, as the some methods of opening a safe will take more time than others.
If you plan on using your safe often – about 10 times a day or more – then a digital padlock safe may be your best bet, as these as specially designed for quick access, far faster than traditional combination dial locks. If you plan on using your safe often, a combination dial, while always sturdy and long-lasting, will take longer to open and can sometimes be cumbersome.
How many items will you store? How large are said items?
This is yet another key question, as it will determine how large your safe should be. One good tip is to buy a safe that is twice as large as you need – it’s better to have too much space than to end up with too little! Also, who knows when you’ll gain more valuables to put into your safe.
For any other questions regarding safes, contact your nearest safe manufacturer and click here for high security safes.