Safe rooms are the new luxury home trend

March 23, 2017 | Higgins Group Real Estate

What was once a feature designed to keep owners secure during disasters or dangerous situations is now the latest must-have upgrade. “Safe rooms” nowadays have more in common with five-star hotel rooms, rather than bland fallout shelters.

In the past, companies which specialize in forced-entry resistant systems created safe rooms from separate spaces within the home. Now, they’re simply converting existing bedrooms into full-fledged safe rooms by installing bulletproof glass on windows, explosion-proof ballistic fiberglass on doors, and special air filtration units in case of gas attacks.

How safe rooms are constructed

Companies which specialize in designing residential safe rooms will first set a meeting with the client or security advisor to identify threats and discuss solutions that can mitigate these. These meetings are usually held on-site, in order to identify the optimum location for the safe room. The design team will then take into consideration costs, available space, number of occupants, and time frame wherein the safe room will be functional.

Installation

During the installation phase, state-of-the-art materials that are lightweight yet extremely durable are incorporated to make safe rooms ultra secure. Lightweight materials are also easier to incorporate to existing locations, eliminating the need to construct an entirely new room.

State-of-the-art entry systems

Doors are specially engineered to protect occupants from the highest threat levels, while blending seamlessly with a home’s architecture and interior design. Top-quality materials are used, including steel with power coating finishes, high-end wood veneers, and lightweight ballistic composites.

Doors are then fitted with high security locking systems that offer maximum protection against outside threats. Many of the locks are concealed within the door, making the locking system impossible to reach.

Defense against bio attacks

Some safe rooms are equipped with special air filtration systems that can protect occupants from biological, chemical, and nuclear gases for a certain period of time. These systems often come with exterior and interior air monitors, so occupants are alerted of any potential airborne contaminants during an attack.

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