|A Floor Safe is sometimes called
an In the Ground Safe.
There are 4 basic types of floor safe that I will cover as an overview.
You can check our blog for more information as well.
1. Steel NON B-rated Floor Safe.
They are good safes but use only the bolt on the lock to keep
the door secured. Just like on your front door of your home. Now
think about having several giant steel bolts that go into the
door but are controlled similar to your deadbolt. Sounds much
safer and stronger doesn'tt it? That comes in a B-rated
floor safe and we will touch on that next. The combo lock used
on a floor safe are pretty much all
top grade locks except the Sentry Floor Safe model.
2.The B-Rated Floor Safe. Has a
Group II dial, either LaGard or Sargent & Greenleaf, this
lock controls a steel bolt work system that keeps the door secured.
These are very strong against attacks and I have never heard of
anyone getting through the door on one of these other than a locksmith.
3. Polyethylene Body Floor Safe.
These are under patent by the Hayman Safe
company. So you will only find them with the Hayman Safe name
on it. The body is made of polyethylene or plastic to prevent
rust in what would normally be a steel body. As a side note, to
prevent rust in the steel body floor safes
it is best to wrap the safe in a plastic tarp before you pour
concrete around it. That will help your floor
safe last much longer than without. However, the Polyethylene
Body Floor Safe has you covered. It also expands and contracts
well with the soil. Safe door can be B Rated or just Non B Rated
and you will know this if the model number has a letter "B"
in it...this is ONLY with floor safes. Personally, once you go
to all the trouble of putting one of these in your foundation
go ahead and get the B rated. Its not that much more and you get
the very best.
4.Floor Safes for wood floors or
RV Safes. Have a large flange that gets screwed into the wood
floor since there is no concrete to keep it in place.
Many people ask why we dont sell electronic keypads with
any of our floor safes. This is because
of moisture issues and it is next to impossible to keep the keypads
from getting wet in the installation process. This caused our
keypad failure to be around 80 percent. It's also just a poor
idea to keep anything electronic on the ground. Flooding of hot
water heaters also ruins keypads.
Floor Safes are not a fireproof
safe in the typical sense. But, when buried in concrete,
the concrete will give you protection against fire. They all come
with cover plates for a smooth surface on the floor. The concrete
floor is the last to have fire actually get close to it. And of
course concrete will not burn. However, the firemen get water
Floor Safes offer the best protection
against theft when compared to most models of safe.
This is because it goes in the ground and is covered with you
carpet or rug. Out of sight, out of mind is great protection.
Next you have the whole foundation hugging the safe and unless
you take a jack-hammer to the foundation
its there to stay.
As I am writing this I am reminded of a pair of new home owners
that were re-carpeting their house after they had moved in and
found a floor safe. They called me
to come read the lock as the safe was unlocked. The point being
they had lived there for several months and never new it was there!
So if you want to go to the trouble of installing a floor
safe, you will not regret it.