Full-length astragals, which is a fancy name for a full-length latch protector or latch guard, helps protect your doors from unwanted entry. Commercial grade protection for entry doors is one of the most common requests.
The exterior entry doors for your business, condo or apartment complex need added latch protection. Garage doors, side doors, and even the front doors are all susceptible to break-ins. The keyway can be secured using a high-security lock cylinder. But often times it is the door latch and the frame itself that needs protection. These exterior doors are susceptible to an array of different attacks; normally brute force.
On many doors your need extra protection for the latch portion of the door lock. Using brute force and special tools, thieves and burglars will force their way into your complex, garage, or place of business. Once inside, it becomes much easier for them to blend in. The best thing to do is keep them out in the first place
Custom Full-Length Two-Piece Stainless Steel Astragals
A full-length stainless steel astragal is your best solution for securing the exterior doors of your condo complex, business, or apartment building. When you look at a door from the front there are two parts: The door and the frame. Without protection, you can see the gap between the two. A thief will target this gap to force the latch to release.
A custom full-length astragal is essentially a long piece of stainless steel which is through-bolted onto the moving part of the door; this metal blocks off the gap between the door and the door jamb. A second piece is screwed onto the frame to interlock. This blocks off any side attempt to force the door open.
Bulger will first come out to get specific measurements for your door(s). We then special order the parts, so it is a perfect fit on your particular door.
If you are trying to prevent doors from being pried open an astragal would be a the perfect solution for your apartment or condo building. Astragals can be installed on outward-swinging and inward-swinging doors.
How are astragals different than a latch-guard/latch-protector?
Full-length astragals are essentially a latch-guard that spans the entire length of the door. Our astragals can be customized for the perfect fit on any height of door. The astragals are held in place using stainless steel carriage bolts, so that they cannot be unscrewed from the outside.
Why standard latch-guards are not enough
Using a out-of-the-box one-size-fits all latch guard is better than leaving your exterior doors without any additional protection. However, there are several pitfalls with cookie-cutter hardware store latch-protectors:
- Fit–These guards are universal, so there is no customization. This typically leaves you with a gap between the latch guard and the door frame, which in turn leaves room for the burglar to get leverage. A custom full-length astragal eliminates this gap since they are made custom to fit your specific door.
- Length–Since latch-guards are typically only 8-12″ long, it still leaves plenty of room above and below for a burglar to pry your door open; Depending on how much flex your door and jamb have, the 8-12″ may not be enough. A full-length astragal will span the entire length of the door, leaving no place for a burglar’s crow bar or other pry tool.
- Durability–Many of the cheaper latch guard options on the market are susceptible to weather; especially living in Seattle, the rain and moisture in the air can cause the guard to rust, which can be detrimental to the integrity of the metal itself.
How do I get one?
Bulger Safe and Lock specializes in commercial and condo security.
Contact Bulger’s to add a custom full-length astragal to your condo building to help protect your doors from unwanted prying.
If you are not in the Seattle area, many reputable locksmiths can install one for your. Reputable locksmiths should be licensed, bonded, and insured. Any reputable locksmith should show up in a marked van and being wearing a uniform. Unfortunately there are many impostors and fakes out there, so use your best judgement.