There are a lot of factors that go into buying a safe, but the most important is how it will protect your valuables. It needs to be heavy, sturdy, and durable. It also needs to be able to protect your valuables from thieves and fires.
Different types of safes on the market today offer different features and protection levels for their users – from small gun safes for home use to large safes for commercial use.
But when it comes down to protecting your flooring when you install a safe, there are some things you can do to make sure you’re not damaging the floor itself. If you are looking to buy a gun safe and you have hardwood floors in your home, then choosing a heavy safe is not the best option.
This is because the weight of the safe will cause problems to your floors. The best option would be to find something that can be put underneath it so that the weight of the gun safe does not damage your floor.
What To Put Under Gun Safe On Hardwood Floor?
I am sure you know how easy it is for the floor to get scratched when it comes to moving the gun safe into position. For example, if you place a heavy safe on top of a hardwood floor, it may scratch the floor, depending on how heavy the safe is.
By turning a carpet upside down, you can accomplish two things. First, there is no scratching on the floor from the gun safe as it slides easily. It is also possible to use thick felt pads as an alternative.
This is an option if you don’t mind a burglar hauling it off. Check your home’s floor framework before installing a gun safe because not all floors can handle the weight.
Do Safes Damage Hardwood Floors?
It is pretty easy to maintain hardwood floors because they are fairly forgiving. In most cases, scratches and scrapes in the wood can be removed with a little buffing. With the help of a little stain or touchup stick, you may be able to touch up a slightly marred finish.
Moving your safe to a new location can result in the flooring showing signs of heavy objects being sat on it. Ensure that the area where you are going to install your safe is level before installing it.
By doing this, you will help minimize the stress placed on your floor, as well as prevent cracks from forming. Generally speaking, if you want to anchor your safe, you will have to screw bolts through the flooring into the subfloor of your home.
Don’t Scrape Or Gouge Expensive Floors
Many gun safe installers will use dense, 1/4″ thick, 4″ x 6″ felt pads under the corners of the safe to protect the floor underneath.
There are adhesive pads attached on one side of the pads, and they are designed to be stuck to the edges of the safe. In addition to being barely noticeable, they also keep your safe off the floor so that it does not get damaged.
Prevent Soft Floors From Being Crushed
Even though vinyl and linoleum floors can be durable, they are softer than hardwood floors. As a result, you can get some nasty indentations if you place a heavy metal box on them. Fortunately, a little more padding is usually all it takes to solve this problem.
The best thing you can do is to place a thin piece of carpet under your safe. By doing so, you will be distributing the weight of the safe more evenly over your floor, thus protecting it from damage.
In spite of this, we don’t recommend using rubber mats on linoleum as they can damage it. In some cases, these can leave permanent marks on the floor that cannot be removed.
Is It Possible For Hardwood Floors To Damage The Safe?
You shouldn’t worry about hardwood flooring damaging your safe. It may be a good idea to install your safe on a base if you live in a humid or flood-prone area. That base must be bolted to your floor, and your safe must be bolted to it.
By doing this, you can keep moisture from accumulating under your safe. Safes and hardwood floors can both be damaged by moisture. The bolts on your safe’s floor can also be prevented from corroding if you use a base.
You might want to keep in mind that elevating your safe will put your security at risk. Your safe might be easier to steal if it’s high enough. Thieves can lift it off the base with a jack if it’s high enough.
Furthermore, the cinder blocks cannot be anchored to the floor or the safe to the blocks, which presents a safety and security risk. A wall-anchored safe may be possible but be aware of the implications of elevating your safe.
Is Hardwood Flooring Capable Of Holding A Heavy Gun Safe?
You will need a stable base to install a gun safe on a hardwood floor. If the wood floor has been installed properly and hasn’t been damaged by water or humidity, most wood floors will last many years if they have been installed correctly.
Obviously, a lot depends on the type of hardwood and how much traffic the floor receives. It is also important to keep in mind that wood will also add additional “grab” to the bolts used to anchor the safe.
Note From The Author:
Some DIYers may prefer to do things themselves, but when it comes time to move and install safes, it’s better to hire a professional. Moving such a heavy, big object requires equipment and experience that is available only to those who are trained to move safes.
By calling the pros, you’ll be able to avoid damaging your home, your flooring, or even your moving buddies, and by doing this, you’ll be able to get your safe installed without causing any damage to them or your home.
When placing a gun safe on top of a hardwood floor, the best option is usually to place it on top of a rug. This will prevent the gun safe from scratching or damaging the floor. Another option would be to place it on top of wood or carpet padding that can be purchased at any hardware store.
Larry, who is a family man and a gun enthusiast, enjoys keeping his collection in pristine condition. He also likes to take his kids shooting as often as possible.