Can I Get a Composite Door & Frame w/ Pre-Installed Alarm Contacts?
Yes, you can get a composite door and frame with pre-installed alarm contacts. There are certain Andersen Doors that have contact sensors built-in. Users should look for certain Andersen E-Series and Eagle Doors, as well as Andersen A-Series, 400 Series, and Renewal by Andersen Doors.
Andersen built-in contact sensors are known as Andersen VeriLock Sensors. They are wireless sensors that communicate at 345 MHz. This is the same wireless frequency used by Honeywell 5800 Series Sensors. This makes these integrated sensors compatible with a variety of alarm systems, including the Honeywell Lyric Alarm System, the Honeywell LYNX Touch Panels, the Honeywell VISTA Panels with an added wireless receiver, 2GIG Alarm Systems, and the 345 MHz Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus.
One important note about Andersen Doors is that they are only sold through licensed Andersen dealers. Alarm Grid does not sell these doors. Any customer looking to buy Andersen Doors should contact an Andersen dealer who can better assist them More information can be found on the Andersen website.
Andersen also sells individual sensors that are designed to be installed inside their doors and windows. However, these sensors should not be installed by an end user. Andersen mandates that these sensors only be installed by their own licensed professionals. Failure to comply with these terms could result in the door's warranty being voiced. You can learn more about the Andersen warranty policy from an Andersen dealer.
Many Andersen Sensors offer the ability to tell when a door in locked or unlocked, in addition to monitoring for opened/closed. This is done using two (2) different zones on the system, with each zone using a different Loop Number. Loop 1 on the sensor will monitor for opened/closed, and Loop 2 will monitor for locked/unlocked. Most Andersen Sensors have a wireless range of roughly 500 feet. Thick walls and large metal objects can reduce range, so keep that in mind as well.
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