Underfloor safes are concreted and concealed underground which makes them suitable for securing valuables against attacks, burglary, and a range of other threatening elements. When coupled with a key lock, combination lock, or anti-blow pipe lock, underground safes offer heightened protection that would bring any home or business owner peace of mind.
It’s strongly recommended by experts to have any underfloor safe buried in weldmesh and further reinforced with concrete. When limited space raises a concern, there’s no better alternative than an underfloor safe to protect your valuables. In this post, we’ll explore the following:
- How do you select the right one?
- Are underfloor safes fire resistant and waterproof?
- Can these safes be placed anywhere?
Consider Your Immediate Needs Prior to Purchase
Opting to purchase an underfloor safe is not a decision which should be taken lightly. With so many types of safes available on the market, it’s important to evaluate your personal security needs in correspondence with your space allotment. The Key Secure Fortress Extra KSFE1 Underfloor Cash Safe is perfect for a residence or light commercial use. It has a £6,000 Cash Rating and round screw in lid for easy opening and closing.
But what if you live in a high flood zone and therefore need a safe which is engineered to be waterproof? In this case, an underfloor safe may not be the most practical choice. Traditional underfloor safes are not waterproof and often don’t have the features in place to resist fire. With that in mind, it’s critical to identify all of your needs in contrast to the safe’s offerings before making a purchase.
Take Cash Ratings into Account
The second most significant factor is the cash rating. Each safe sold by Safe Options is accompanied by an Insurance Cash Rating and Insurance Valuables Rating. Different grades are associated with different Insurance Cash Ratings. For example, a Grade 1 safe is £10,000. Grade 13 is the highest end of the spectrum and equates to £3,500,000. Calculate the total value of the cash or contents you intend to store in the underfloor safe, and then select your necessary cash rating from there.
The Best Location for Underfloor Safes
Since these safes are easily concealable and fit snug underground, it’s recommended to install an underfloor safe in a small corner. After finding an appropriate corner in your home or office, check the empty floor space for potentially hazardous objects like cables or nails. Following a thorough inspection, install the safe with weldmesh and concrete. To further disguise the area where the safe is located, consider placing a decorative rug or carpet on top of it. You can also put a piece of furniture like a desk or table above the area but be careful that the space is strong enough the support the weight.
Underfloor safes are durable enough to withstand physical attacks and keep your valuables safe from predatory thieves. When installing it, remember to reinforce the safe with concrete as well as weldmesh. Keep the value of your contents in mind while deciding the appropriating cash rating and select one which accommodates your needs.