We all have precious belongings that need to be properly secured. Whether it’s cash, jewelry, legal documents, or passports – there is a solution. It is often wise for every home to have a personal safe. This can be a great burglar deterrent in addition to your home security system. The process is generally easy and does not require any additional professional help to install it. In this post, we will discuss the different types of safes and how to install home safe.
Types of Home Safes
You might want to consider buying two types of safes so that you can segregate your valuable items accordingly. There are a number of different types of safes. However, broadly speaking, there are burglar resistant safes and fire resistant safes. Sometimes you might be able to find a safe with both characteristics. However, generally it is more cost efficient to buy two separate safes for two separate reasons. You can store your valuables, such as money and jewelry in the burglar resistant safe. And you can store your legal documents, such as passports, tax records, insurance details in a fire resistant safe.
There are three types of safes for you to note:
- Floor/Wall/Fixed Safes – This type of safe can be placed on a wall with two or three bolts or stand alone.
- Underfloor – This type of safe can be buried in concrete or under the floor.
- Wall Safe – This type of safe can go in the wall rather than on the wall. The door will be flush with the wall.
The Best Place for a Home Safe
There are a number of different places that you can install a home safe. A burglar-proof safe is going to be heavy and thick compared to a fire resistant safe. A fire resistant safe is going to be lighter and thinner. Since a burglar safe needs to be more inconspicuous, let’s discuss some options for where to place one. Consider placing the safe in a closet area or somewhere else hidden from view such as under the floorboards or behind a picture frame in the wall. Make sure that the area where you want to install the safe is free of electric wires and piping. Also, you need to check the building plans to understand if your chosen location will be able to bear the weight of the heaviest home safe. You need to be careful while placing the safe on floor joists.
Installing a Home Safe
The following step-by-step guide will help you to understand how to install a typical home safe.
The easiest to install are going to be your Floor/Wall/Fixed Safes. These type of safes are generally fixed to the floor or the wall with a few bolts with plastic plugs or expansion bolts. Expansion bolts are the best way to install these types of safes because as you tighten them, they expand to make them even more secure. You’re going to want to drill holes into the wall or floor before you do anything else. You can do this by first marking where you want to drill with chalk, then drill holes with an electric drill and a masonry drill bit. Once the holes are drilled, you can then fit the safe with the bolts over the holes and tighten them using a screwdriver or spanner, depending on the bolt.
Installing underfloor safes and wall safes are slightly trickier. For an underfloor safe, you first need to evaluate your floor. Is it made of concrete or do you want to fit it under floorboards? For a concrete floor, excavate a hole around twice the size of the safe. Then place the safe in the hole and surround it with concrete mix. Fitting a safe beneath the floorboards would require the safe being placed in a pre-cut hole and wooden shuttering is placed around it before the concrete is poured into it. Wall safes are generally fit into a cavity inside the wall. They are usually used in place of bricks and custom fit. Wall safes are pretty secure, but not as secure as an underfloor or good quality standalone safe.
Hopefully this how to guide has helped you learn more about the benefits of having a home safe and how to install one once you purchase it. For maximum security, consider a professionally monitored home security system by Protect America. We have monitoring for as low as $19.99 a month and all start-up equipment is free. Call us today!