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Harry’s is Your Go-To Company for Building Lock Replacement Services

For many building owners, security is a top priority. You wouldn’t trust just anyone with entry into your building. So why trust just any company with your lock replacement service? If you have a tenant move out, an employee leave the company, or another change in building occupancy, you may decide that it’s time to change or upgrade your locks.

But not any locksmith will do. You’ll want to find a company that’s reliable, trustworthy, and has a history of providing quality service and products. We’re confident Harry’s Locksmith fits the bill.

Here are our top reasons that Harry’s is your go-to company for building lock replacement service.

We Always Answer the Call

Harry’s is your go-to company for lock replacement services because we’re always there to answer the call. We understand that emergencies happen. That’s why we provide 24-hour emergency service. If you experience a threat to your safety and security and want to remedy the situation immediately, we’ll be there to provide emergency lock replacement services. Harry’s is here to work for you around the clock when you need it the most and we’re always quick to respond.

We’re Trustworthy

According to the Better Business Bureau, there are a few things to keep in mind when hiring a locksmith. For instance, you should be wary of a company that provides a low estimate but then adds expensive fees for labor, mileage, or other parts of the job.

Instead, look for a reputable company that has a history of providing reliable quotes. It’s also a good idea to ask for recommendations from those you know who have recently worked with a locksmith and to ask for the credentials of any company you hire.

Harry’s was established in 1949 and there’s a reason we’ve been in business for so long. It’s because of our strong reputation in the industry and the quality service that we provide. We will give you accurate estimates so you know exactly what our lock replacement services will cost. Harry’s also has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is an active member of the Greater Vancouver Business Bureau, so you can be confident that you are hiring a trusted locksmith to perform the job. For more BBB tips on hiring the right locksmith, look here.

Since locksmiths will have access to your home, building, or car, it’s important to hire the right one. You can never be too careful and should do diligent research before deciding which locksmith to hire.

Our Staff is Knowledgeable

Commercial buildings have to be code compliant and that includes doors and locks. There are certain types of locks and hardware that you will need in order for your building to pass commercial inspection. For instance, you will need to have fire exit hardware and panic exit locks so that your occupants can exit the building quickly and safely in case of an emergency.

In addition to providing emergency egress, doors and hardware should be ADA-compliant. We can upgrade hardware to meet ADA standards, as well as install automatic door openers to ensure code compliance. If you are considering lock replacement services, it’s important to hire a local locksmith who is familiar with the International Building Code, as well as local laws and regulations.

It’s important the locksmith you hire provides you not only with what you need but also with what you want. There are many locks on the market and if you are looking for an upgrade, you’ll want to find someone who can provide expert advice and recommendations. That’s why it’s important to hire locksmiths who are familiar with the latest products on the market.

For instance, do you want a lock that provides a delayed egress option? This would be good for buildings in which occupants must be closely monitored. For instance, the maternity ward of a hospital could benefit from delayed egress hardware so that security can keep a close watch on those entering and exiting that part of the building.

Or perhaps you have a mag lock and need help deciding between a fail-secure locking device, which will remain locked when the power is lost or, a fail-safe locking device, which unlocks when power is lost. The former might work best for a storage room, for instance, that has valuables you want to keep secure even when power is lost.

If you’re uncertain which option you prefer or feel overwhelmed by the available choices, our expert locksmiths will work with you to determine what options are best for you and your business.

We’re a One-Stop Shop

Harry’s is your go-to company for lock replacement services because we’re a full-service locksmith. If you own a business, a home, and a vehicle, there’s a good chance that you’re going to need a locksmith on more than one occasion. Why not use a locksmith that’s well versed in all areas? Why roll the dice and take your chances each time you need to hire a locksmith? Instead, look for one that is skilled in multiple lock replacement services.

Harry’s Locksmith offers commercial, residential, and automobile services. We’re a one-stop shop for your service needs. As the Better Business Bureau suggests, if you have found a locksmith that you enjoy working with, save their contact info for the next time you need service. This will be easier if you have a locksmith that is skilled in all areas-residential, commercial, and automobile.

Are you in need of immediate lock replacement services? We get can get the job done quickly, thoroughly, and for an affordable price.

To get started, fill out this easy online form. We’ll contact you to learn more about your needs and determine how we can provide you with the best possible lock replacement service. We understand the importance of your safety and security. Harry’s is not only your go-to company. We’re key to getting your lock replacement services done right.

 

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Did You Know it’s Required for Commercial Buildings to Have ADA Compliant Locks

If you are able-bodied, you probably take for granted that you can drive your car over to a business, park anywhere, walk over to the entrance, easily pop over a few steps, and open the door to enter the building.

However, many individuals right in your own neighborhood aren’t as fortunate. And as a business owner, you must be sensitive and aware of those needs – in fact, the law requires you to take action to ensure that anyone can access your facility.

Unfortunately, disabilities are too often treated as out-of-sight, out-of-mind. Unless you specifically see someone with a cane, wheelchair, or service dog, you may not be aware that someone is less capable than yourself.

But, people with disabilities are easily the fastest-growing minority in the U.S., controlling $1 trillion in total annual income. They are as deserving as anyone else to enter a business and for that reason, the American with Disabilities Act was passed – to protect the rights of these citizens.

But, depending on when the building permits were submitted, and the physical construction took place, the rules vary slightly in what is actually required by law. For this reason, it is ideal to consult with an ADA compliance specialist to ensure that your space is up to code.

Door Location Accessibility

Whether or not you anticipate someone with a disability entering your facility, you must be prepared for both employees and customers who may need the additional assistance. At least one door needs to be at the following location:

  • Each entrance with at least 60% of entrances providing access for those who may be approaching using a wheelchair or have limited impairments
  • Each tenant space in a mall or building with multiple businesses
  • Each accessible room or space within the building
  • At least one restricted or secured entrance
  • Along each escape route

While automatic doors can certainly aid someone with a disability, they are not required by the ADA.

Door Accessibility Issues

Getting to the door of your business is just one hurdle. The next is entering. This means the doors need to be wide enough to accommodate someone in a wheelchair, need to open easily for someone with arthritis in the hand or wrist, for example, and the door needs to be able to safely close behind someone.

For these reasons, the ADA requires that there is a minimum 32-inch door clearance, door hardware weighs no more than five pounds of force to operate while also operating without tight grasping, pinching or twisting (lever handles comply, but round doorknobs do not), the threshold can’t be higher than 1/2 -inch, and more.

While this seems straightforward, if you are not in contact with a professional locksmith familiar with ADA compliant locks, it’s easy to misstep, causing issues for your business and those trying to visit. And with the laws continually updating to ensure equal access for all persons, it’s imperative to work closely with experts you can trust who will ensure your space is continuously ADA compliant.

Commonly Asked Questions

If automatic doors are not required, why are they so common?

While the ADA does not require automatic doors by law, they are often used as they provide the best solution. Since the force to open the door cannot exceed five pounds, the options are limited when selecting a door since an entrance should also be protective against inclement weather like wind and forceful enough to impede unwanted occupants.

Are the laws set for “public entrances” only set for entrances used by the public?

No, this is a more generic phrase, but also applies to entrances that are used as employee-only entrances and more. It really encapsulates most entrances except for service and restricted entrances. If you have questions about your specific space, reach out to better understand if you are properly adhering to ADA codes.

Is compliance required on both sides of a door if it’s used only from one side?

If this entrance/exit is truly used from only one side, then only the side used must comply with ADA rules. However, if it is used even occasionally in both directions, then both sides must comply.

Do the rules apply to keys or keycards?

If your entrance requires keys or keycards, then those are not required by law to prevent pinching or twisting to enter. Any non-fixed portion does not apply but should be modified as needed to properly accommodate accessibility.

If new regulations are put into place, am I required to upgrade?

While you may be grandfathered in and not required to make any additional modifications right away, it is important to clarify with the experts. Additionally, the more accommodating your facility, the more customers and qualified employees you will attract. You’re only limiting yourself by not providing updated accessibility to your business.

Are residential ADA compliant locks the same as commercial ADA compliant locks?

No, commercial level handles are designed for added strength and durability to ensure longevity. While grade 2 are perfect for medical offices, hotels, religious buildings, and apartment buildings, grade 1 is best for hospitals, schools, and factories due to their higher use. Each is ADA compliant.

Looking for something different? Select a locksmith that specializes in everything for ADA compliance to access control to electrified locks and panic hardware, and you can ensure your building is secure and up to code.

The ADA was designed to provide equal access to everyone, regardless of mobility or lack thereof. As a business owner, your focus is your company, but as such, it should also be your customers and employees. Ensure that you are giving everyone an equal opportunity and have your space assessed by professionals to confirm it’s ADA compliant.

Reach out today to schedule an appointment or to discuss any specific questions you may have about your space.