Main Types of Residential Safes

Gun Safe

A gun safe is a normally larger safe which has specific storage mechanisms for holding weapons, normally rifles. Gun safes have become wildly popular throughout the United States recently as many responsible gun owners look to keep firearms out of the reach of their children. Phila-Locksmith recommends that all households who have guns as well as younger children get a gun safe to ensure that their children are unable to open the safe. Most gun safes are stand alone and also allow additional storage for ammunition as well as accessories, most locksmiths and security experts will tell you make sure to lock up your weapons especially in your own home.

Wall Safe

Wall safe are safes that have been directly built into an interior wall of the house. This process obviously provides multiple benefits. These safes can be easily hidden behind large or hung objects allowing for the discreet safety of important documents or jewelry. The major downfall to wall safes however is that they are unable to bare large amounts of weight, which is why these types of safes are normally used for small high value items such as jewelry.

Fireproof Safe

Fireproof safes are the cheapest of these four kinds however this does not mean that they are ineffective. Fireproof safes are the perfect choice for a homeowner who is looking to protect important documents that they may own. The safe locking mechanisms on a fireproof safe may not be as sophisticated as other higher end model bio-metric safes however it still would take a professional thief to break into one of these safes. Again, the main use of these safes are to protect the most important documents in a household in case of a fire.

Floor Safe

Floor safes can be the largest of these four types of safes and generally take up the most room. Think of a floor safe as the “big brother” to wall safes, just like wall safes, floor safes are built directly into the floor of a home. Since the safe is being constructed in the floor rather than up on an interior wall the safe can support much more weight and even more valuables. Due to the large size of floor safes and the amount of labor to set them in place these types of safes can be extremely expensive to have installed and are generally only installed in very specific cases.

Understanding each type of safe is extremely important, because in order for a safe to operate properly it needs to be placed into the correct situation. Specifically placing a rifle in a floor safe is not as safe as placing it in a specifically designed gun safe or vice versa. Make sure before you have your safe installed that you research each type so that you can find one that fits your needs.