Deciding between the many different models of latches on the market can be tough. There are many different factors to consider, including aesthetic, fit, and function. Although all three of these areas are important in the final design, the function of the latch in question is incredibly important.
This is even more true when securing areas that need to be kept locked or off limits. There are multiple ways to keep people out of certain areas, and the latch you choose will determine how secure a fence inherently can be. For increased security, you can also add a padlock to your hardware.
Our team has broken down some of the most common types of closures and their applications so you can be sure to keep your next project as secure as it needs to be.
Low Security Closures
Some latches are designed to place convenience over security. These are best utilized in areas that are open to the public or already on private property.
Latches like the Auto-Latch are designed to be easy to open for adults and hard to operate for children, when installed properly. These latches are ideal for areas that will be visited frequently by people who are carrying objects or may otherwise have their hands full. Auto-Latches make coming and going easy and convenient.
When you’re securing an area that needs to be off limits for most people but available to others, you need a latch that can stand up to pressure.
The Strong-Arm latch is designed to keep gates in line with fences, which minimizes gaps and stops people from squeezing through. Additionally, they can be thru-bolted or welded to a gate frame for added security.
Highly Secure Closures
When you need to be certain that an area is secure, codes and key cards are your best option. Mechanical combination locks require people to provide a secure code in order to enter an area.
These can still be convenient for those inside of an area if the other side of the mechanical combination lock is paired with a panic bar. Alternatively, electrified control trims can be affixed to the opposite side of an entry so users can enter with a card. These options keep areas secure from those who shouldn’t be allowed access while also making them convenient for those with access.
Security is not a trivial matter, and the hardware you choose in an area plays a huge role in how secure it is. If you aren’t certain what type of hardware would be best for your project, contact us. Our team is happy to answer any questions you have.