Commercial door repair presents different challenges and security needs in comparison to residential applications. There are many building code and OSHA standards  that need to be met when configuring doors and locks for businesses and schools, so call us to make an appointment for a full evaluation. We suggest reviewing  some possible scenarios which we have outlined below.

Electric Strikes vs. a Magnetic Lock (Mag-Lock)


An electric strike is simply an access control device used for doors. They are sometimes equipped with buzzers that allow someone outside the door to know when the door is open. There are many manufacturers,HES and Von Duprin are the most popular, and many things that need to be considered such as voltage requirements, type of door locking hardware, and whether a fail-safe or fail-secure electric strike is needed. Secure Lock and Alarm can give you the proper guidance to make the best choice for your business.

A magnetic lock or mag-lock is an access control method that uses Magnetic Lock, Mag Lockelectromagnetic theories  and DC current to keep a door locked. A magnet is placed inside the door which can prevent tampering. When the magnet is connected to an electrical source the magnet holds the door in place. Mag- locks are used when electric strikes cannot be used due to existing hardware.

Mechanical Door Closers vs. Electric Door Closers

As seen in the lower left picture, an electrical door closer uses electrical power instead of natural energy to open a door. They often come with a remote control advice and can include a security alarm that you can set as needed. As seen in the right lower picture,  a manual door closer features a hydraulic damper or spring mechanism  that  stores energy generated when the door is opened. The stored energy then closes the door automatically without action or force to close it.

Mechanical and Electrical Door Closers

Door Closer- Which type works for me?

There are different grades and qualities of door closers based on the condition of the door, frame, and obstructions. Secure Lock and Alarm would need to do an on-site evaluation to determine the proper security solution. We take the following factors into consideration:

  • Size and weight of the doors
  • Fit of the door to the frame
  • Weather stripping
  • Misaligned hinges
  • Door swelling
  • Debris such as dirt, rocks, sand, ice etc.

Panic Bars or Crash Bars

Panic or crash bars are a form of a lock used to unlock a door during emergency conditions. When the lever is either pushed or depressed, it activates a mechanism that releases the door latch thus  allowing occupants to leave quickly from a building. These types of exit devices can typically be found at emergency exits which are required in most public buildings due to fire and building codes. Panic hardware is often required by OSHA  in most municipal settings in order to comply with the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code ( NFPA 101) and with the National Electrical Code (NFPA70). Secure Lock and Alarm has Licensed Low Voltage Electricians  on staff so we are up to date on how each commercial installation needs to be done in order to comply with local codes.

Dor Panic Bars, Door Crash Bars by Secure Lock and Alarm Beverly MA

Other Commercial Door Repair Services

  • Deadbolts Installed
  • Lever Sets
  • Mortise Locks
  • Door Knobs and Knob Sets
  • Commercial Storefront Doors
  • Broken Push/Pull Paddles

Call 978-927-6400 to schedule an appointment for a free estimate.