Bespoke Panic Room Doors

Attack Resistant & Bulletproof – Discreet Residential Design

Door Assemblies From $8,000 – $20,000

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Unparalleled Residential Safe-Room Door Features

  • Complete Custom Design blends door in with rest of house
  • Bullet Stopping from handguns to assault rifles.
  • Complete system includes door, secure frame, hinges, locks, and more
  • Pre-Assembled By Engineers during manufacturing for optimal home install.
  • Attack Stopping, prestigious ratings for mob-style attach on embassy.
  • Finest Components Worldwide allow for minute adjustments and effortless operation of armored door
  • Instant Vault Locking & unlocking with single thumb-turn, single key-turn, key code or fingerprint scan.

UNMATCHED IN DEPENDABLE SECURITY PERFORMACE

No other residential panic room door comes close in providing the same level of confidence during an emergency.

Doors tested and/or rated in the above testing facilities and/or rated to the above global security standards.

Embassy Strength Security Features

Our panic room doors achieve an unprecedented level of security, both from the highest powered firearms as well as mob and expert style weapons attack to gain entry.

Bullet Resistance

Our safe room doors may optionally meet UL standards for Level 3 handgun rounds and Level 8 assault rifle rounds. Ballistic infused doors stop multiple rounds of each caliber, protecting humans standing behind the door.

Attack Resistance

The only door of it’s type suited for a residential application, our panic room door meets riot attack requirements for multiple experts attacking the door continuously in multiple spots of the door using sophisticated tools.

More Security Information

Risks To Consider

According to the FBI, millions of property crimes, such as burglaries and home invasions, are committed each year. Many of these incidents occur when people are not at home. However, there is a disturbingly large number of home invasions that do occur when people are in their homes, a place that they should be able to consider safe. Having a panic room, a place to which you can retreat in the event of a problem on your property, will provide you with peace of mind. Within the room, the panic room door is the most critical feature.

Weapons Used during home invasion
Weapons Used During Bakersfield Home Invasion – Photo by Kern County Sheriff Office

A safe room provides safety against attack from home invaders, stalkers, and others who wish to do you and your family harm. When building one of these rooms, it is essential to understand the types of attacks that the panic room might have to deal with, so you can be sure you are selecting and installing the right secure door. The door is what will keep the enemies out and your family safe within.

Let’s look at some of the elements to consider when making your choice of a panic room door.

Types of Attacks

People will go to great lengths when they are intent on coming into your home and breaking into your secure room. They may use a wide range of tools in an attempt to get into the room, so you need to be sure you have a door that is capable of successfully defending against anything used against it.

Firearms

Firearm attacks are unfortunately frequent. Criminals have relatively easy access to both handguns and rifles of various sizes and calibers, and they will use these weapons not only as a way to intimidate and potentially kill but also as a way to get past doors that are standing in the way of something they want. Rifles tend to be more powerful, but they are not as commonly used in home invasion type attacks. Handguns are used more often. Both are highly dangerous, and both can potentially cause problems for a poor quality panic room door.

One of the ways that criminals might attempt to get into the panic room is by shooting open the door. They will try to shoot at the lock as they – and you – have probably seen a hundred times in movies and television shows. While there is a possibility of a lock breaking or weakening, it is not a foolproof way for them to get into the room. If you have a proper panic room door and it has lock bolts on all sides, rather than just one, access won’t be easy. This tends to be true even if the door itself does not stop the bullets.

That doesn’t mean criminals bullets won’t go through the door. If the door leads directly to the panic room and people will be standing behind the door, this can present a serious problem. Of course, it still may slow down bullets compared to the alternative. If you have nothing more than a regular door standing between you and the criminals, the bullets will fly right through the door and injure or kill you and your loved ones.

If you are considered about humans standing near the door and being fired at, you will want to choose a door that has ballistic material that can stop multiple rounds. The type of ballistic material used can vary. In some cases, it might be high-strength steel. In other cases, it could be fiberglass or even ceramics.

However, this does not mean that just attaching ballistic fiberglass or steel to a door that you already own will result in an effective panic room door. All of that added weight from the ballistic material will add a substantial amount of weight to the door. This additional weight can cause problems with the hinges, meaning the door might not work correctly. It could even be heavy enough that it starts to tear the hinges loose, making the door difficult, or even impossible, to open and close. Now only that, but it won’t benefit from the forced entry protection mentioned below.

Attacking panic room door with weapons, axes
Axes, large pry bars, sledgehammers, battering rams and more are used to officially test whether a door is strong enough to be installed in a panic room

Instead, you want to have a quality panic room door that already has the ballistic material included, and that can be installed into your panic room professionally.

Forced Entry

While firearms are one of the dangers that could be faced, there is also the potential for criminals to use other types of tools as a means to try to get inside. One of the most common methods of entry a crowbar. Even more criminals will have access to a crowbar than a firearm. With a crowbar, a criminal will pry along the edges of the door, and unless it is a quality door with the right types of defenses, it can be pried right out of the frame entirely.

Of course, there are other methods of forced entry, as well. For example, someone might attempt to batter the door down with a battering ram. They might try to hack the door down with a fire ax. Some might use a sledgehammer. They will find whatever they can to attempt to batter down the door and get at you.

Others might have a different set of skills and techniques as a means to get into the room, such as lock bumping or picking locks. There are many different methods of entry, and criminals tend to be rather persistent when they are looking for ways to get into a room. Our highest level doors are rigorously tested for forced entry according to government standards.

Exquisite Safe Room Door Designs

Our doors use the finest European materials and woods. Door claddings have “lifetime design” due to their special ability to be switched for a new design in the future. Secure core discreetly contains all high-security features.

Milled wood panic room door

Milled Wood

Our panic room doors are clad to match intricate millings of the surrounding doors in the house, allowing for a discreet appearance. Solid natural woods and engineered woods available.

Painted Finish

In addition to wood staining, our secure doors can also be pre-painted in the factory to any of several hundred RAL international colors. A complimentary color wheel is mailed to all clients.

Fully Custom

Some clients have one-of-a-kind designs. Every door we create is custom and therefore is of limitless possibilities. Client’s also have the option to attach their own door cladding on top of our secure door core.

ADDITIONAL DESIGN Options

Ballistic Glass Lites & Transom

Solid Woods

Mahogany, Oak, and more.

Layered & Raised Paneling

Powder Coating Finish

Stainless Steel Finish

Door Security Features Include:

 

  • Multi-layered, dual-sided, thick galvanized steel core
  • Welding and corrugating mathematically optimize strength
  • Door / Frame L-shape configuration neutralizes pry attacks
  • 2″ rockwool sound insulating blocks infused throughout
  • Fixed Hinge-Side bolts rendering hinge attacks useless
  • Hardened steel channels in frame receive locking bolts
  • Built-in armored shims encase 4″ lag bolts securing frame to wall
  • Both in-swing and out-swing version equally rated to US Department of State attack requirements
  • Optional ballistic steel hidden layer rated for up to dozens of rounds from military assault rifles
Cross section of residential panic room door

PANIC ROOM DOOR LOCK SYSTEM

Standard Features In Door

  • 16 – 20 thick Italian steel bolts (3/4″ radius)
  • Bolts on all 4 sides of door
  • Three Dimensional Lock Cylinder
  • Manganese Steel Protective Cladding
  • Cylinder Defender – Defeats Drill Attempts

Motorized upgrades

Digital Keypad

Our sophisticated FIAM keypad allows for multiple users and complex codes.

Fingerprint scanner unlocks panic room door

Fingerprint Scanner

We utilize the world’s most advanced biometric scanner. Over 100 algorithmic prints.

Vault Locking Systems

Our panic doors have several different lock options that we use, some more common than others. All come pre-installed into the door upon arrival.

Unlike other security doors, all of our bolts can be engaged by a single highly secure cylinder. A single action gives you a complete vault seal.

Mottura 85.771

Manufactured by an advanced Italian company since 1973, out standard Mottura lockset is as beautiful as it is secure. Comprised of polished thick steel bolts with the following arrangement: 10 active bolts on handle side, 4-8 passive bolts on hinge side, and one active bolt each on top and bottom of door leaf.

The lockset is highly protected. Even without your panic room door having ballistic steel, a firearm cannot practically defeat our lock. The independently controlled bolts keep the door securely in place.

The lock mechanism itself is specially protected with drill resistant manganese-steel.

This lockset on your safe room door can optionally be upgraded for single handed egress – at no additional cost. This allows for easy locking of the door by lifting the handle on either side. And on the secure side simply pushing the handle down disengages the bolts for easy exit.

FIAM X1R Easy / Smart

Another precision Italian manufacturer, Fiam builds sophisticated motorized and automated locksets. It’s security is equally as robust as our standard Mottura option, with the same 16-20 thick steel bolt arrangement.

The X1R’s motorization of all the active bolts allows for a huge amount of options. Clients who upgrade their safe door to the X1R have the option of also upgrading to have an embedded digital keypad or biometric fingerprint scanner built in to the door at our factory. However, the door can also be integrated with the client’s supplied third-party access control devices of their choice. It can also be integrated with alarm systems for remote unlock.

Additional features include automatic locking whenever the door is closed and single button press to pop open door from safe side.

The X1R Smart provides additional bluetooth capabilities out of the box. Using a special owners key card the client can connect their panic room door to a special phone app, that can control access for themselves and others. They even can run a log of attempted and successful entries.

Access Control Considerations

When planning your panic room thinking through your ability to get inside promptly and safely in the first place is of major importance.

When possible it is best to have the door be in a normally unlocked position to allow for immediate entry by your family in an emergency. In a case where the door will be normally locked – such as a room that doubles as a secure home vault – using access control options that do not require any key or other moveable device is ideal. We provide digital keypads and fingerprint scanners that can be embedded into the door itself. In this way the human themselves is the key, and they need not worry about searching for an object to unlock the door.

To enter the panic room it is of course also helpful to have the room be physically convenient to reach by the most number of people in the home. In some cases the panic room will be one that the client doesn’t even need to move to get in to, most commonly a panic room that doubles as a normal bedroom.

As soon as you are inside, though, the bolts and security measures, whether they are mechanical bolts or other locks, should be easy to throw to ensure that you can shut and lock the door quickly. After all, in situations like these, you generally have only a short time to get into place and to get things locked down properly.

Panic room biometric lock

Consider the location of the locks and bolts on the safe door, as well as the heights and abilities of the people in your home. Make sure that the locking mechanisms are all within easy reach and that they are easy to understand. You shouldn’t just trust that people will know what to do when they need to head to the panic room. You should make it a point to train people to hurry to the room and make sure that everyone knows how to lock the door properly once they are inside the room. You will want it to become second nature so that everyone can respond quickly in case of an actual emergency.

Our mechanical panic room doors allow you to throw all bolts with a single action. This can be a simple turn of the thumbturn or even lifting the handle, if using the single handed egress style of our Mottura lock. If desiring zero possibility of user-error the FIam X1R option offers the fantastic solution of auto-locking of all bolts upon door closure.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How Long Does Manufacture Take?

Our panic room doors are completely made-to-order to properly blend in to your home and achieve your security goals. This therefore requires several steps – from engineering to fabricating – that takes longer than a standard mass produced door.

Production typically takes 6-8 weeks. In order to achieve the best result, we utilize craftsman and component fabricators who are the leaders in their field, all over the globe. Generally our custom doors therefore finish their production in Europe. Therefore shipping to the client takes 2 weeks for air freight or 4-7 weeks for ocean freight.

In some cases expediting options are available.

How Much Does A Panic Room Door Cost?

A panic door system ranges from around $8,000 to $20,000.

Our system includes everything: Secure door core, custom milled wood cladding, secure frame, multi-point lock system, insulation, hinges, and much more. Additionally the doorway is entirely assembled at our factory, optimized and tested.

The variance in price is mostly based on the following factors: the security level of the door; whether the door core and frame will be ballistic (and to what strength); whether the door lock will be mechanical or motorized, such as with a biometric scanner; whether the door is single or double leaf, and; whether the door has special design elements such as thick Mahogany or glass inserts.

Can I Instead Put A Ballistic Panel on A Regular Door?

Attempting to convert a standard door into a panic door has numerous issues, which can mostly be categorized as follows, from least important to most important:

  1. Design Issues – We’d consider this the least important issue, but to many home owners it likely is a deal breaker for a door to have an obvious and unsightly panel covering one side.
  2. Functional Issues – A standard door is not designed to handle the weight that ballistic material adds. The door will likely immediately be difficult to easily swing, and in the short term begin to have issues with the door being unable to close into place or be unable to open once closed. Both are obviously critically problematic in emergency situations.
  3. Security Issues – Most importantly, ballistics is actually the less important aspect of the door’s security. Resistance to attack is what’s of primary importance. A standard door with a ballistic panel attached is no harder to pry open or disengage the lock than the same door without a ballistic panel.

We believe in – and therefore only provide – protective safe doors that meet specific forced entry ratings by the US Department of State.

What Else Should I Consider For My Safe Room Entrance?

Also, take the time to think about some of the other potential features available with one of these doors. For example, you might want to consider having a peephole that will allow you to see what is happening on the other side of the door. You can then see who is trying to get into the room, and you could verify when the police arrive.

Along the same lines, you might want to consider adding some video cameras to your home and having the video screens in the panic room with you. This can give you a better view of what is happening around different parts of the house, as well as in front of the panic room door. Some of the types of security camera systems that are in place today are viewable through tablets and phones, as well as computers.

Depending on the types of dangers that you think you might be facing, you might also want to have an overpressure system installed. This can help to provide security from any type of biohazards that would otherwise be able to make their way through small cracks in the door. This will give you an added layer of safety that can provide some additional peace of mind.

Storing food in panic room
Client storing food in their panic room

Having a panic room in the house can make all the difference in the world in the event of a home invasion or burglary. As you can see, the room is just part of the equation. If you want the space to be truly safe, you also need to make sure that you have a high-quality panic room door that can keep the criminals out. Look at the options that are available and speak with the experts about the possibilities that you might want to choose for your door.

How Is A Safe Room Door Installed?

Not only are our safe room doors custom designed to fit into a the design of a residence they are also custom engineered to be easily installed inside of one. 

Our forced entry resistant doors are easily installed into a panic room’s wood stud or masonry walls. The frame uses numerous 4″ lag bolts to anchor in to the surrounding wall. (Many clients also install ballistic panels to armor their safe room walls.)

The primary difference between installing a panic room door and a standard interior door is the weight. Our doors have a multi-layered thick-steel core, and the entire unit (door and frame) can weigh over 400lbs, especially if ballistic steel is layered inside. 

But our residential safe room doors also have numerous features that make installation much easier. Most importantly, our engineers and fabrication experts personally assemble, test and optimize the full door system in factory prior to shipment. As long as the client’s contractor carefully measures out the rough opening and installs the door with a careful eye to being level and plum, the door will work flawlessly. 

To aid in this, the safe door includes three dimension adjustable barrel hinges, a built-in steel shim system, an adjustable strike plate, a removable bottom bolt with in-floor sleeve, removal door cladding and more.