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Alternatives to Boarding up Windows for Hurricane Protection

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Boarding up doors and windows with plywood sheets is one of the most traditional ways to reinforce your home or business before a storm. With good reason, too; plywood sheets are very affordable and provide a very high level of storm and hurricane protection.

However, boarding up your windows does have some big disadvantages that cause many people to seek out alternative storm damage mitigation solutions. If you’re here, you’re probably one of those people.

In this article we’ll discuss some of the disadvantages of plywood board ups. We’ll also discuss what some of the most popular and effective alternatives to board ups are and what their advantages are.

Why Would You Want an Alternative to Boarding Up Windows?

The Facts About Covering Windows with Plywood for Hurricane Protection

Before we dive into the reasons you wouldn’t want to use plywood to cover your doors and windows before a storm, we just want to reiterate that plywood sheets DO create very strong, durable hurricane mitigation barriers over your glass.

Though some alternatives to board ups can provide an equal or greater level of protection against storm damage, not all of the options available to you are designed to fully replace the strength of a solid barrier like plywood.

Key Disadvantages of Plywood Board ups:

  1. Requires lots of measuring and cutting
  2. Boards have to be screwed or nailed into place
  3. Not a one-man/woman job
  4. Completely block natural light and visibility
  5. Have to store all the boards when not in use
  6. Visually unattractive option
  7. Not a permanent solution

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Before you can properly install plywood boards for storm damage protection, you’ll have to measure all your glass doors and windows to figure out how many sheets of plywood you’ll need.

Next, you have to measure and cut the boards themselves to ensure they fit properly. As you can probably already tell, this is going to be a pretty labor-intensive process.

Once you have all your boards cut and ready to install, you need to designate storage space to keep them when they’re not in use. Depending on how many windows and doors you have, the boards can take up a huge amount of room.

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When it comes time to actually prepare your home for a storm, you’ll definitely need at least one other person to help you lift the boards over your glass and screw or nail them into place. This can take a while, so hopefully you have plenty of warning that a storm’s coming.

With the boards in place, you won’t be able to see anything out of your windows, and you’ll be relying completely on artificial light inside your property.

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From the outside, boards also hurt the curb appeal of your home or business. This may not be a big concern for homeowners, but if you’re a business owner and you want to stay open until the storm hits, it can be hard for potential clients to tell that you’re open for business.

Because of all of the above reasons, plywood boards simply aren’t a viable long-term solution for hurricane and storm damage protection. You’ll definitely want to take them down as soon as the storm has passed.

How to Protect Windows Without Plywood

5 Alternatives to Boarding up Windows for Hurricane and Storm Mitigation

  1. Hurricane Fabric
  2. Safety and Security Window Film
  3. Storm Panels
  4. Hurricane Shutters
  5. Laminated Security Glass

Hurricane Fabric: an Easy-to-Use Alternative

Think of hurricane fabric as a piece of bouncy fabric (like a trampoline) that you stretch over your window glass to deflect flying storm debris.

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This deflective barrier is a popular alternative to plywood board ups because it’s much easier to install and remove — you just clip it into place over doors and windows before a storm. When the storm has passed, you simply unclip it and roll or fold it up to store.

Safety and Security Window Film: a Good Way to Strengthen Existing Glass

It’s important to note right away that security window film does not replace the strength of plywood and won’t stop glass from breaking when impacted by flying storm debris.

That being said, we’ve included it on this list because it does provide a layer of security to make your property safer.

This type of window film is a pliable Mylar coating that goes right on top of your existing glass and holds it in place if it shatters. This reduces the likelihood of injury caused by flying shards of glass as well as helps keep out water, wind, and storm debris that could cause more damage.

Storm Panels: a Commercial Alternative to Boarding up Windows

Storm panels are typically corrugated metal or plastic sheets that you attach to the framing or siding around doors and windows to protect the glass during a storm.

The concept is basically the same as boarding up your property, but this can be a more convenient option because you can get the panels pre-cut ahead of time for a custom fit.

Additionally, there are clear plastic storm panels available that still allow natural light into your home or business and don’t inhibit 100% of your view outside. They’re also much more attractive than plywood boards.

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Hurricane Shutters: an Attractive Permanent Solution

These are one of the more expensive alternatives to board ups, but also one of the most convenient and aesthetically pleasing options. For starters, you can choose between the following styles of hurricane shutters:

  • Accordion shutters
  • Roll-down hurricane shutters
  • Colonial-style louvered shutters
  • Bermuda shutters and Bahama shutters

No matter the style, hurricane shutters all get permanently mounted above or beside your windows and doors. When a storm is coming, all you have to do is lower them into place with a hand crank or the push of a button.

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Hurricane shutters blend in with — and can even complement — the architecture of your home or business.

Laminated Security Glass: an Invisible, Impact-Resistant Barrier

Last, but certainly not least, comes laminated security glass. This is a special type of security glass that consists of an impact-resistant thermoplastic interlayer sandwiched between two layers of strong glass.

Security glass laminates are becoming increasingly popular with coastal residents (especially in Florida) and residents of other Southeastern states because they look and feel like regular windows, but provide a high level of storm damage protection.

In some storms, the security glass may be a strong enough barrier to mitigate all damage. Even if a piece of storm debris does crack the glass, it can retain its shape and strength to keep protecting your home.

Conclusion

Now that you know more about how to protect windows without plywood, we hope you have an idea of what alternatives appeal to you.

It’s important to remember that not all storm damage mitigation barriers provide the same strength. But, with the right products and materials (or combination of products and materials), you’re sure to find a solution that suits you and your property.

We are authorized dealers of 3M™ Safety and Security Window Film as well as Riot Glass™ Laminated Security Glass. Contact us today or have your local glass contractor give us a call to discuss the products that would be best for retrofitting onto your home or business.

How to Protect Sliding Glass Doors in a Hurricane

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During a storm or hurricane, your window glass is the most vulnerable part of your home or business. This is even more true for sliding glass doors because of their size and prominent placement.

So, what can you do to keep sliding glass doors intact during a hurricane and prevent storm damage to your property?

How to Protect Sliding Glass Doors in a Hurricane

Hurricane Protection for Sliding Glass Doors: What Options Are There?

When it comes to protecting sliding glass doors during a storm, there are a few different solutions available.

Three reliable and durable types of sliding glass door hurricane mitigation barriers that you can use are:

  1. Plywood Boards
  2. Storm Panels and Hurricane Shutters
  3. Riot Glass™ Laminated Security Glass

Boarding up Sliding Glass Doors

When you think of hurricane protection for glass, images of plywood board ups or emergency boarding probably come to your mind right away.

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Boarding up sliding glass doors is a strategy that you can use to protect the glass before a storm or after it has already been broken to prevent further storm damage.

The goal of covering glass with plywood is to protect the glass against wind damage and impacts from flying storm debris.

If the glass is already broken, plywood boards can help keep water out of your home or business. This prevents further, even more expensive, damage to your property.

Pros of boarding up sliding glass doors:

  • Affordable
  • Creates a strong, durable barrier to storm damage
  • Prevents glass from shattering

Cons of emergency boarding:

  • Labor-intensive
  • Boards require lots of storage space
  • Unnattractive
  • Blocks out natural light
  • Can’t see through boards at all

Using Storm Panels, Accordion Shutters, or Roll-Down Shutters

Storm panels and hurricane shutters are products specifically designed to protect window glass, including sliding glass doors, from hurricanes and storm damage.

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You can think of storm panels as the commercial alternative to plywood boards. These are corrugated metal or plastic sheets that you attach over your glass doors and windows to protect against wind damage and flying storm debris.

Like plywood boards, storm panels aren’t really a practical permanent solution for protecting sliding glass doors against hurricanes. That’s why many people opt for accordion-style or roll-down hurricane shutters.

Accordion shutters are attached to the side of your home next to a sliding glass door. When a storm is brewing, you manually slide them into place over the glass to protect it.

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Roll-down shutters work in a similar way, but are mounted above the glass. You can lower them into place either with a hand crank or with the push of a button (for varieties with an electronic mechanism).

Pros of storm panels and hurricane shutters for sliding glass doors:

  • More aesthetically pleasing than boards
  • Hurricane shutters provide a permanent solution
  • Many different styles to choose from
  • Clear storm panels are available
  • Shutters are easy to put in place and remove

Cons of storm panels, accordion shutters, and roll-down shutters:

  • Storm panels are not a good permanent solution
  • Storm panels require storage space when not in use
  • Hurricane shutters are a more expensive option
  • Limit natural light and visibility
  • Shutter housings can look bulky and out of place
  • Mechanical parts may require repair or replacement over time

Retrofitting Sliding Glass Doors with Riot Glass™

An increasingly popular method of reinforcing sliding glass doors and windows is to retrofit them with a special type of laminated security glass. Our proprietary line of this type of glass is called Riot Glass™.

Riot Glass™ consists of a thermoplastic interlayer bonded between two outer layers of glass. Its unique composition and the high strength of the materials we use makes it up to five times stronger and 100 times stiffer than other brands of security glass on the market.

It’s high level of impact resistance means that Riot Glass™ can be used to reinforce your sliding glass doors and make them resistant to hurricanes and storm damage.

In many cases, the glass laminate panels are strong enough to withstand multiple impacts from flying storm debris. Riot Glass™ is available in 1/4”-1”thicknesses, so you can choose the option that best suits your property, your security needs, and your budget.

Even if a high-velocity impact does crack the glass, the laminate can retain its shape and strength to continue protecting your property. This greatly reduces the risk of injury due to flying glass shards and limits further damage from water or storm debris.

Benefits of Riot Glass™ for sliding glass door hurricane protection:

  • Can be retrofitted into existing framing
  • Extremely impact resistant
  • Completely clear (doesn’t block natural light or reduce visibility)
  • Provides 24/7 glass protection
  • Very cost-effective
  • Can be used along with other barriers
  • Available in tinted, mirrored, colored, and low-emissivity varieties
  • Protects against other threats (i.e. forced entry and burglary)

Are there any disadvantages of using laminated security glass for hurricane mitigation?

  • Can still be broken by strong enough impacts (won’t shatter dangerously inwards)

Is There Such a Thing as Hurricane Proof Sliding Glass Doors?

The Truth About Hurricane Impact Sliding Glass Doors

The reality is, we can’t say that anything is 100% “hurricane proof.” Anyone who claims that their products are going to make your home completely immune to storm damage is misleading you.

Even plywood boards and hurricane shutters can fail to protect your sliding glass doors under extreme conditions. If this happens, the exposed glass can break apart extremely easily and leave your property even more vulnerable to expensive damage.

That’s why we recommend reinforcing all your glass, including sliding glass doors, windows, and storefronts, with Riot Glass™. This formidable security glass provides affordable, round-the-clock protection from hurricanes and other threats.

There’s no one-size-fits all solution to the threat of hurricanes and other extreme weather events, but with the right combination of mitigation barriers in place you can feel more secure.

Contact Riot Glass™ today or have your local glass contractor give us a call to discuss the best storm damage mitigation retrofit for your sliding glass doors.

How to Protect a Home From Rioters

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When we think of civil unrest, images of downtown businesses and commercial buildings with smashed windows are usually the first things that come to mind.

However, the reality is that commercial facilities are not the only properties affected by things like rioting and looting when a populated urban area becomes a flashpoint for civil unrest.

Many commercial areas are just a block or two away from residential streets, meaning that homeowners often have to worry about peaceful protests turning violent as well.

If you feel like your home isn’t secure enough to protect you, your loved ones, and your belongings in the event of destructive rioting, you’re not alone. Keep reading to find out how you can fortify and protect your property from rioters.

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Preparing for Civil Unrest: Our Top Tips for Homeowners

Securing your home against rioters (and other types of criminals, for that matter) is all about creating layers of security.

There is no single technique that will make your property riot-proof, but there are many techniques that you can use together to prepare for civil unrest. Follow these tips to make your home less of a target and improve its overall security against a variety of threats.

Start with Rioter Deterrents:

  • Security lighting
  • Security cameras
  • Monitored alarm systems

People with criminal intent are less likely to target brightly lit properties where it’s harder for them to conceal their activities. Install bright exterior lighting to illuminate your main windows and doors, as well as motion-sensing security lights in strategic areas like walkways around the back and sides of your home.

Criminals are also less inclined to vandalize or loot a home equipped with visible security cameras, which can record their faces and lead to their arrest. Set up prominent security cameras aimed at vulnerable entry points like doors and ground-floor windows to help deter would-be intruders and vandals.

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Finally, every layered home security system should include a monitored alarm system. These alarm systems automatically notify the authorities if your property becomes the target of an attack. Put decals advertising your monitored alarm system up on your windows and doors to help deter criminals.

For bonus points, employ an alarm system that makes a loud audible sound when your home is tampered with. Loud sounds that draw attention to an individual’s criminal activities are another way to discourage rioters from targeting your property.

Add Physical Barriers to Rioters:

  • Natural barriers
  • Fences
  • Riot Glass™

One way to add a first layer of physical defense to your home is to use landscaping to your advantage.

For example, plant thorny bushes or thick hedges in strategic locations to prevent trespassers from coming onto your property. A dense bamboo hedge with prickly shrubs planted underneath it can be just as effective as a barbed wire fence, while still maintaining your home’s beautiful appearance.

Another great option for securing the perimeter of your home is to build a sturdy fence with gates that lock from the inside. Build the fence around your whole yard and make sure to install heavy-duty locks on the gates to keep trespassing rioters from gaining easy access to your yard.

No matter how well-designed and strong your property’s physical barriers are, there always remains one highly vulnerable point of entry: window glass. That’s where Riot Glass™ comes in.

Riot Glass™ is our proprietary line of laminated security glass that is specifically designed to withstand high-force impacts and protect homes and businesses against forced entry and other threats. It can be retrofitted right on top of your existing window glass to create a formidable security barrier, at a fraction of the cost of window replacement.

Other Ways to Prepare for Civil Unrest:

  • Lock up expensive cars and other items out of sight (inside your garage or home)
  • Keep an eye on the news for information about protests and their paths
  • Communicate with your neighbors (let them know if there may be protesters in the area)
  • Place “no loitering” or “no trespassing” signs on your property

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Why Is Riot Glass™ the Best Choice for Civil Unrest Preparedness?

A home’s defenses are only as strong as their weakest point. This is why it’s incredibly important not to overlook fortifying your window and door glass when you’re making security upgrades to your property.

  • More cost-effective than anything else on the market
  • Ultimate line of fenestration security products
  • Highly adaptable to fit any property
  • Virtually invisible (maintains your home’s curb appeal)

We designed Riot Glass™ with the unique security needs of the homeowners and business owners who we deal with every day in mind. We saw a gap in the market for an affordable, effective product to provide permanent glass protection against a full range of threats, including rioting and looting.

Riot Glass™ is a full line of security glass that’s available with different security ratings to protect against everything from thrown rocks and bricks all the way up to bullets. Whatever level of security you feel like your home needs, there’s a Riot Glass™ product that can hold your existing window glass in place to keep you and your loved ones safe inside.

Because every property is different, we made sure that our security glass laminates are built to be highly adaptable. In many cases, we can retrofit the panels into or onto your existing framing, so there’s no need for your home to undergo a major renovation or remodel.

Another big concern of homeowners when they’re considering security upgrades is how these upgrades will affect the appearance of their properties — property owners don’t want to look fortified, but they want to BE fortified.

Riot Glass™ panels look and feel almost exactly like traditional window glass, so you don’t have to worry about your home’s glass looking out of place. This also makes security glass a much better window security solution than other options like unsightly bars or metal shutters.

Contact our team of security professionals today for more information about how we can help you protect your home during civil unrest.

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Bulletproof Windows for Homes. What Are Your Options?

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When you think of bulletproof windows you might think of them as something reserved for protecting celebrities and high level government officials. However, many regular homeowners are interested in installing bullet resistant windows to provide their homes with a high level of security against everything from storm damage to forced entry.

Before we continue, it’s important to note that there is no such thing as glass that is truly bulletproof, but there are bullet resistant materials that can be used to fortify windows against ballistic attacks and other high-force impacts.

Depending on the exact composition of the bullet resistant window and its thickness, these materials are capable of stopping a certain number of bullets of specific calibers, fired from different firearms at different velocities.

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Best Bullet Resistant Materials for Reinforcing Your Home’s Windows

When we talk about “bulletproof” home windows, what we are typically referring to is windows reinforced with glass-like panels composed of acrylic, polycarbonate, or a combination of the two. These materials can be used to build ballistic windows that satisfy various UL 752 requirements for bullet resistant materials.

Should You Use Bullet Resistant Acrylic, Polycarbonate, or Both?

Acrylic, more commonly known as plexiglass, is one of the most common materials used to create ballistic windows for homes. It weighs much less than glass and can obtain a UL 752 Level 2 rating at a thickness of about 1.25 inches.

Pros of Acrylic:

  • Easy to cut and work with
  • Crystal clear
  • Highly resistant to UV rays, weathering, and marring

Cons of Acrylic:

  • Must be very thick to achieve UL 752 ratings

Polycarbonate weighs even less than acrylic and is even more effective at diffusing impacts. The thermoplastic polymers are tough enough that a 1.25-inch polycarbonate sheet can receive a UL 752 Level 3 rating.

Pros of Polycarbonate:

  • Easy to work with
  • Very lightweight
  • Can achieve UL 752 ratings at thicknesses under 1 inch

Cons of Polycarbonate:

  • Requires ample frame clearances for expansion and contraction
  • Prone to marring over time if not cleaned carefully

As you can see, both acrylic and polycarbonate have their pros and cons. Acrylic is a good choice for homes because it holds up very well to weathering and UV exposure, but in order for it to be bullet resistant it has to be much thicker than standard window glass.

On the other hand, polycarbonate can achieve bullet resistance at much lower thicknesses, but it’s appearance can degrade more easily than acrylic. This means that neither acrylic or polycarbonate on their own are the best choice for bullet-proofing home windows.

In fact, the best choice for making windows bullet resistant is to use a combination of the two materials in order to take advantage of both of their strengths and compensate for their respective weaknesses.

Spoiler alert: we have a solution for you.

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ArmorPlast™: the Best Ballistic Grade Window Option on the Market

What Is ArmorPlast™?

ArmorPlast™ is our patented line of polycarbonate and acrylic sheets. We offer these sheets in a full range of options to meet different security needs; from 0.25-inch non-ballistic, containment grade acrylic panels (AP25™) to 1.25-inch ballistic grade polycarbonate and acrylic laminate sheets (AP125MS™) that satisfy the UL 752 Level 6 rating.

Our ballistic grade ArmorPlast™ products are composed of polycarbonate, acrylic, and other plastics layered together in sheets that resist spalling and white-out after repeated high force and ballistic impacts. The acrylic layer is further protected behind an outer layer of abrasion-resistant (AR) polycarbonate. The AR hard coat resists marring, yellowing, hazing, and is easy to clean.

Why Use ArmorPlast™ in Your Home?

If you’re here, you’re interested in improving your home’s security, specifically by reinforcing vulnerable window glass.

Well, ArmorPlast™ can satisfy and exceed all your residential glass security requirements. Regardless of whether you’re actually concerned about protecting your home against ballistic attacks, ballistic grade windows provide unsurpassable security against a full range of threats.

ArmorPlast™ panels are virtually unbreakable, so they can stop would-be intruders dead in their tracks, protect your home and belongings against storm damage, and even keep your windows intact during an earthquake.

All this protection comes without you having to compromise on appearance. ArmorPlast™ panels are crystal clear and won’t compromise your views or damage the curb appeal of your property.

Additionally, ArmorPlast™ can be retrofitted right on top of your existing glass, so it’s much more cost-effective than undergoing a complete window replacement project.

Top Reasons to Install Ballistic Grade Polycarbonate and Acrylic Panels:

  • Provides the highest level of residential glass security
  • Protects against storm damage, forced entry, and active shooters
  • Virtually unbreakable, even after repeated high-force impacts
  • Clear and resistant to yellowing, marring, and hazing
  • Can be retrofitted into your existing windows

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Are There Any Other Benefits of Bullet Resistant Windows?

We can apply additional coatings to all of our ballistic grade panels to change their appearance, add privacy, increase UV blocking, reduce glare, and more. For example, we can apply a reflective window film to create a two-way mirror effect for increased daytime privacy and block out the sun’s harmful UV rays that cause fading on your home’s furnishings.

How Do I Get Started?

If you’re interested in upgrading your home’s security with bullet resistant windows, the first step is to conduct a threat assessment. During this threat assessment, a security expert will thoroughly inspect your property, evaluate your current security measures, look for vulnerabilities, and make recommendations about upgrades, including ballistic glass materials and placements.

Final Words

Though there is no way to create 100% bulletproof home windows, we hope that after reading this article you’ve gained a better understanding of the ways you can use certain materials like acrylic and polycarbonate to reinforce your home’s windows and improve its overall security.

Our team of fenestration security experts is always happy to discuss your security concerns, goals, and budget to help you come up with the best solution for your home, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.

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Tips from a Contractor Specializing in Security Glass

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In our line of business we deal with clients who have many different types of security needs — from homeowners who want to protect their windows from storm damage and accidental breaks to commercial clients looking to beef up their facility’s security to prevent forced entry and burglary.

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We understand that there is no one-size-fits all approach to security and it can be hard to know exactly what to invest your time and money in when it comes to reinforcing your doors and windows.

That’s why we’ve put together this article to share some of our best tips on deciding how to improve your property’s safety and security when it comes to vulnerable glass doors and windows.

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Affordable and Effective Door and Window Security Tips

Reinforce Glass with Window Film to Improve Safety

Safety and security window film consists of a pliable polyester Mylar coating that gets applied on the inside surfaces of your existing window glass. This film adds a protective barrier to glass doors and windows that holds broken shards of glass in place instead of letting them shatter inwards upon impact.

Window film is a very affordable way to improve glass safety and security in your home or business. Though it won’t stop a determined burglar from breaking in, it can delay and deter forced entry, causing would-be intruders to move on to find an easier target.

Window film is also an effective way to protect your property during windstorms, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other extreme weather.

A standard window can break and shatter dangerously inwards during such events, but window film holds the shards of glass intact and prevents them from flying towards anyone inside the building, reducing the chance of injury.

We recommend our 3M safety and security window film to commercial and residential clients looking for a basic and affordable glass security upgrade for their properties.

Secure Sliding Glass Doors and Windows

Many types of sliding glass doors and windows have very basic locking systems, which makes them easy to tamper with.

Whether you’re concerned about small children crawling out of high windows or burglars coming in through a back door, it’s important not to overlook the locking mechanisms of your sliding doors and windows.

Fortunately, this is something that’s relatively easy to fix without having to replace the windows and doors themselves. Purchase and install additional locks, such as deadbolts and window pins, to keep your windows and doors securely closed when you’re not around.

Though better locks are a definite improvement, we always recommend that our clients reinforce the glass itself with some type of security glass product as well. This is because it’s very easy for a child or pet to crack the glass by accidentally running into it, or for an intruder to smash through a weak pane of glass and unlock the door or window from the inside.

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Protect Against Forced Entry with Laminated Security Glass

When you really want to improve the safety and security of your home or business in a big way, we highly recommend a laminated security glass retrofit.

Laminated security glass consists of a robust thermoplastic interlayer laminated between two sheets of heavy window glass. It looks and feels just like normal glass, but creates a formidable barrier to protect against forced entry, storm damage, and even ballistic attacks and bomb blasts.

These laminate panels hold glass doors and windows firmly in place after multiple impacts. In terms of protecting against forced entry, laminated glass can delay entry long enough for the criminals to think twice or get caught, or even deny entry all together (this depends on the specific thickness and composition of the glass).

We offer our full line of Riot Glass™ laminated security glass, which is up to 100 times stiffer and five times stronger than traditional interlayer safety glass. Riot Glass™ can also be retrofitted right into your existing framing systems to avoid the cost of complete window replacement, making it a very cost-effective glass reinforcement solution.

Install Polycarbonate Panels for the Highest Level of Security

In instances where window film or laminated security glass aren’t enough, we recommend non-glass, polycarbonate panels. These glass-like panels are made from a combination of polycarbonate, acrylics, and other plastics, which gives them a level of strength and durability unattainable by normal glass.

Who needs so much security? Well, our ArmorPlast™ line of polycarbonate panels and framing has been put to use in many types of high-security commercial properties including government buildings, correctional facilities, schools, religious buildings, specialty retailers, financial institutions, corporate offices, and more.

Containment grade and ballistic grade glass-like products aren’t just for protecting against ballistic attacks, they also provide the strongest barrier against burglary, vandalism, and looting. This is why our ArmorPlast™ line is so popular among luxury retailers, office building owners, and other commercial clients looking to prevent expensive damage and theft.

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Don’t Overlook the Other Benefits of Security Glass Products

Besides the physical security upgrades they provide, products like window film and laminated glass can offer a range of other benefits as well. In addition to clear versions, these types of products are also available in tinted, colored, and mirrored varieties.

You can use these colored varieties to increase privacy, give your property a new look, reduce heat and glare from the sun, and even block out up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays that cause fading. These are all things to consider when you’re deciding what type of security glass will be the most beneficial for your home or business.

Weigh Threat Assessment Against Budget to Decide

Ultimately, deciding how to improve your property’s security comes down to two factors: the perceived threat level and your budget.

We recommend starting with a professional threat assessment to receive recommendations about how to improve your security and help you determine the best solutions to suit your unique needs and budget.

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Protecting Glass From Looters, Vandals, and Burglars

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The damage and loss of merchandise resulting from looting, vandalism, and burglary can significantly hurt a business of any size. That’s why it’s so important to take proactive measures to protect your glass and secure your business against these types of unpredictable acts.

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How Can You Protect Your Glass to Save Your Business?

Traditional Glass Protection Measures

Standard window glass and even tempered safety glass are incredibly easy to shatter, meaning that your glass doors and windows are all vulnerable potential entry points for would-be vandals, looters, and burglars.

Traditional methods of protecting businesses in the face of rioting or against burglary include boarding up windows and doors, installing bars and gates, and using roll-down shutters. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of these common glass security solutions.

Common ways to protect business glass:

  • Nail or screw plywood sheets over windows and doors
  • Permanently mount window bars and hinged gates
  • Install roll-down metal shutters

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Boarding

Using plywood sheets to cover up vulnerable windows and doors is a pretty cost-effective way to protect your business or commercial facility against vandalism and looting during instances of rioting and civil unrest.

Another benefit of using this method to protect your commercial glass is that you can simply remove the boards when the unrest has subsided and your business will look just like it did previously. However, there are some disadvantages to relying on boards to secure your property.

Boarding up your building is something that you’ll usually find yourself doing at the last moment as an unexpected moment of unrest is already underway, which isn’t an ideal situation. Plywood sheets are also not the most secure option, as they can be pulled down or burned by determined individuals trying to gain entry to your business.

Bars and Gates

Permanent window bars and gates are an effective way to keep would-be intruders out of your property. Though they can indeed prevent burglary and smash-and-grab theft, they don’t always fully protect your glass.

Some types of bars and gates have enough space between them that vandals may still be able to break the glass behind them. This results in expensive clean-up and window replacement.

Bars and gates also tend to be unattractive and are thus not always a practical security option when you want to maintain a certain level of curb appeal for your property. For instance, retail stores with large glass storefronts are not ideal candidates for this type of glass protection.

Roll-Down Shutters

Roll-down shutters offer a good level of security for your commercial windows because, when mounted on the exterior, completely cover the glass and protect it against breakage. They’re also a better long-term security solution than boarding up windows and doors and don’t detract too much from your business’s appearance when they’re rolled up.

Unfortunately, determined looters and burglars may still be able to pry open some types of roll-down shutters to break into your property. There’s also always the risk that you or an employee of yours forgets to properly secure the shutters, rendering them useless.

Reinforcing Glass Against Looting, Vandalism, and Burglary with Riot Glass

When you’re looking for a high level of glass security and want a permanent solution that won’t affect the appearance of your property, Riot Glass is an affordable, effective option that’s available to you.

Riot Glass Is:

  • A clear shield mounted in security framing
  • Designed to be retrofitted into or onto existing windows
  • Built to thwart forced entry and keep existing glass intact
  • Virtually invisible
  • Available in different security ratings to suit your needs

Throughout our years in the glass security industry, we’ve received countless calls from business and property owners who’ve had their glass smashed and their property looted and damaged.

It was after one such call from a business owner who’d just had his storefront broken and his store looted that we decided we needed to create a reliable, affordable solution for property owners to permanently protect all their glass doors and windows against attacks.

After closely analyzing the available security options, like those mentioned earlier in this article, we decided that our solution needed to be completely adaptable to the needs of every type of property out there. We also wanted to make sure that our clients wouldn’t have to sacrifice the curb appeal of their property in the name of security.

After much research, development, and testing, we created our patented line of Riot Glass products to satisfy these requirements. We like to call it the “ultimate line of fenestration security products.”

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How Does Riot Glass Protect Glass from Looters, Vandals, and Burglars?

Our Riot Glass panels are designed to be retrofitted right on top of your existing glass and can fit into many types of standard framing. The panels are built to take a serious beating to keep your existing glass doors and windows intact when would-be intruders are attempting to break into your property.

Riot Glass won’t shatter and break inwards when faced with break-in attempts using common burglary tools like hammers, crowbars, and other heavy hand tools. That means that a vandal or a looter won’t be able to break your glass storefront by throwing a brick or a rock, either.

Will Riot Glass Change the Appearance of Your Property?

Whereas traditional methods of protecting your glass against break-ins and vandalism detract from the appearance of your property, Riot Glass looks and feels just like traditional window glass. The framing and mounting hardware is all sleek and low-profile, so nothing will look different about your glass doors and windows to the untrained eye.

Final Words

No property owner should have to worry about repairing their storefront or losing valuable merchandise and equipment due to vandalism, looting, or burglary. You also shouldn’t have to rely on last-minute board-ups or unsightly permanent solutions to mitigate these concerns.

For the best balance between security and appearance, choose Riot Glass. We care about our clients and always place your security needs above everything else. Contact our security experts today for a consultation.

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Tips on Bullet Proofing a Commercial Building

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Many types of commercial buildings can benefit from implementing bullet resistant security measures to protect against gun crime and active shootings. Corporate offices, government facilities, schools, and retail stores are just a few examples.

Before reading any further, it’s important that we make it clear that there is no way to make a building truly 100% bulletproof, and there is no such thing as 100% bulletproof glass.

That being said, there are materials that are bullet-resistant that can be used to greatly improve the security of any commercial facility — not only against ballistic attacks, but also from other common threats like burglary, smash-and-grab theft, and civil unrest (i.e. rioting and looting).

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How to Improve a Commercial Building’s Bullet Resistance and Security

Using Bullet Resistant Glass Products to Improve Overall Safety

Conduct a Threat Assessment

An on-site threat assessment is always the first step to take towards improving your commercial facility’s security to protect against ballistic attacks and other threats. During such an assessment, a professional security consultant will conduct a walk-through of your property as well as discuss your specific concerns with you.

This on-site assessment allows an expert to inspect any existing security measures you have in place, identify gaps and vulnerabilities in your building’s current system, and make recommendations for implementing an overall plan to strengthen your facility’s defenses.

The security expert’s threat assessment will typically include recommendations on bullet resistant glass placement and some suggestions, with your feedback, on what ballistic ratings you should consider for the location of each ballistic barrier.

Key goals of a threat assessment:

  • Evaluate threats and vulnerabilities
  • Determine the best solutions for your business
  • Make recommendations on glass types and placement

Understand Ballistic Glass Ratings

Bullet resistant glass comes in a range of ballistic ratings, meaning that different types of security glass (and glass-like products like polycarbonate and acrylic panels) are designed to withstand different numbers of impacts from different calibers of bullets.

For example, our ArmorPlast 75 ballistic grade polycarbonate sheet meets the UL 752 Level 1 rating for 9mm ballistic attacks. Our highest level of bullet resistant polycarbonate, the ArmorPlast 125MS, has a UL 752 Level 6 rating, which means it can hold up to a high-velocity, multi-round 9mm attack (e.g. from an Uzi submachine gun).

Different types of commercial buildings face other threats, so it’s essential to consider the ballistic ratings to choose the best security glass products for your needs. For instance, an office building might be a good candidate for materials with a UL 752 ballistic rating of Levels 1-3, whereas a high-security government facility might require something of Level 4,5, or higher.

Discuss Your Options with Stakeholders

If you’re the sole business owner or property owner, then it’s just up to you to select the reinforcement options that make the most sense to you. However, in many cases, there are other stakeholders, such as a whole C-suite team, building owners, security personnel, and more.

Before you go ahead and implement new safety measures to make your commercial facility more bullet-resistant, ensure that every stakeholder has had a chance to review the threat assessment and discuss the recommendations.

Getting everyone on board with your decisions will not only help ensure that you have the funding you need to implement effective security upgrades, but also that you’re opting for solutions that will work for everyone in the building.

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Install Bullet Resistant Glass and Other Components

After you’ve settled on the upgrades that you’re going to make to your building, it’s time to actually install the components of your new system. In order for your new system to be safe and effective, it’s very important to work with a contractor who specializes in security.

Things to look for in a contractor:

  • Proven track record in glass security
  • Conducts threat assessments (or works with outside consultants)
  • Variety of solutions available
  • Ability to retrofit

Many types of security glass products can be retrofitted onto your existing glass, so your building doesn’t have to undergo an expensive and disruptive glass replacement project. This is the most cost-effective way to reinforce your glass doors and windows.

For example, Riot Glass products can be over-glazed (mounted outside) or back-glazed (mounted inside). Our products are designed to be highly adaptable to the wide variety of framing materials and glass configurations in commercial architecture.

Besides reinforcing your glass, other components you might install include security framing around windows and doors, access control systems, and pass-through windows, trays, or drawers at customer transaction points, and reinforced counters and walls.

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Communicate to Employees and Building Occupants About Changes

Installing new bullet-resistant glass and implementing other security upgrades can raise questions among employees and building occupants about why it’s being done. Make sure to clearly communicate the reasons behind the changes to everyone affected by them.

Tips for communication:

  • Have someone from human resources handle employee communications
  • Work with your corporate team and security personnel to craft communications
  • Make it clear that the changes are proactive and not due to a specific threat
  • Explain that your goal is to improve the overall safety and security of the building
  • Position the project as an investment in your business and its people

Besides physical protection, making a facility more secure should also bring peace of mind. That applies not just to you and stakeholders, but to everyone who comes to work in the building as well, so don’t overlook communication before, during, and after your project.

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Choose Riot Glass for All Your Ballistic Glass Needs

We are a leading manufacturer of security glass products and experts in the installation of ballistic rated glass door and window systems. Our founder has been in the security business for more than 30 years and cares deeply about each and every one of our clients’ safety and well-being.

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The Differences Between Laminated Glass & Tempered Glass

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There has been an increase in the demand for “safety glass” and other glazing products to keep homes and commercial buildings safe.

One of the major safety concerns for commercial building owners has been forced entry. While large doors and windows are essential and aesthetically valuable for such buildings, buglars often target these parts, which are the Achilles heel of homes and buildings.

As such, glass companies continue to come up with better glass products to meet the needs of safer glazing products by homeowners and commercial building owners.

Laminated glass and tempered glass are the two common glazing products used in the prevention of forced entry. Homeowners and commercial building owners need to understand the differences between the two glass types before choosing the best one for their needs.

Laminated Glass vs Tempered Glass

Laminated and tempered glass differ by a number of features. Such features influence the choice of glass type for homeowners and commercial building owners to install on their doors and window systems. Here are the main points of difference between laminated glass and tempered glass.

1. Manufacturing Process

When discussing laminated glass vs tempered glass, the manufacturing process pretty much separates the two. Laminated glass is made by bonding one or two layers of glass with a layer of resin, commonly polyvinyl butyral (PVB).

The PVB is the interlayer that holds the glass layers together, even when the glass breaks or impacted by a great force. The process of producing laminated glass involves bonding these glass layers and the interlayer under heat and pressure.

This produces compact glass that holds in place rather than shatter when hit by attackers and buglers.

On the other hand, the production of tempered glass differs.

Tempered glass is produced in the process of toughening standard glass to give stronger glass. In fact, this toughening process makes it several times stronger than laminated glass. This process often involves heating, high-pressure, and chemical treatment procedures.

These treatments give the glass a better balance of internal stress, which makes it better at resisting force up to certain levels.

Despite its strength, tempered glass breaks and shatters when impacted by huge forces from bullets or other weapons.

Manufacturing Process

Process involves bonding layers and interlayers Process involves toughening the glass
Glass holds in place instead of shattering Glass breaks and shatters

2. Strength

Another way to look at tempered vs. laminated glass is by comparing their strength.

The strength of these two safety glass types derives from their production process. While both of them fall into the category of “safety glass” for homes and commercial buildings, their strength differs, and each has a unique way of preventing forced entry or protecting building occupants.

Laminated glass is deemed strong since it can stand the force of a rock or bullet without shattering and falling off the window or door frame. Its strength can be attributed form the glass layers and the resin used as the interlayer. What’s more, the pressure and heating process adds to its strength and makes the glass up to 5 times stronger and 100 times stiffer than the standard glass.

On the other hand, tempered glass is known for its strength and resistance towards force. Throughout the manufacturing process, the glass goes through stages of heat, pressure, and even chemical treatment to make it tougher than regular glass. While considering the strength to withstand breakage, tempered glass is considered to be stronger than laminated glass.

Strength

Laminated

Tempered

Strength comes from glass layers and resin Strength comes from stages of heat and pressure
Five times stronger and stiffer than regular glass. Stronger than laminated glass

3. Applications

When looking at the laminated glass vs. tempered glass comparison, the application of the glass types may also be considered.

Due to their strength difference, their application often differs. Depending on the user preference, it is possible to have laminated glass windows and tempered glass windows.

Homeowners and commercial building owners who seek security for their homes and valuables should consider laminated glass.

Laminated glass windows and doors are especially essential for commercial buildings, where there is a need to prevent forced entry and safeguard valuables. The interlayer in laminated glass creates a significant barrier, which makes it difficult for buglers and attackers to breach.

Tempered glass, on the other hand, is best used for interior safety glass applications.

Homeowners can, therefore, use it for the various window and door systems, such as shower and tub doors. It may also be used for hotel buildings consisting of conference rooms.

Tempered glass also suits skyscrapers and commercial buildings with large windows. This way, the views outside are not distorted, and building occupants are protected from elements such as storms.

Application

Laminated

Tempered

Best for preventing forced entry. Best for interior safety applications.
Essential for commercial buildings to prevent burglary Suitable for skyscrapers and commercial buildings with large windows

4. Custom Display is Only Possible With Laminated Glass

Besides security purposes, glass is also used for many other applications.

Lately, laminated glass has become a favored material in indoor and outdoor graphic projects. Photography and digital images have become common choices for incorporating design elements into architectural glass, and laminated glass has become the best glass to incorporate such design elements.

Given the presence of the interlayer in laminated glass, designers can now use online design tools to include visual imagery on the glass. As such, laminated glass continues to be used by brands who wish to create a great impression on the public.

Other than architectural and safety purposes, tempered glass has seen limited applications as compared to laminated glass. Since tempered glass is purely made of glass, the incorporation of digital elements is not possible, as it is the case with laminated glass.

While this discussion may not come up often, the tempered glass vs. laminated glass comparison may often highlight such tech-based applications of laminated glass.

Custom Display

Laminated

Tempered

Designers may include visual imagery with online tools. Incorporation of digital elements is not possible

5. Laminated Glass Is More Pricey

While making the laminated vs. tempered glass contrast, the cost of these types of glass also comes into play.

Due to the complexity of the manufacturing process and the materials involved, laminated glass becomes more expensive than tempered glass. The process of manufacture involves the use of a resin material and glass panes. The heating and pressure treatment processes also add to it being more costly than tempered and standard glass.

Tempered glass is also costly to purchase, definitely more expensive than the standard glass, but less costly than laminated glass.
Depending on the preferences of a building owner, the cost is another point of difference that dictates the choice between laminated and tempered glass.

Conclusion

The laminated glass vs. tempered glass comparison comes up often when building owners and homeowners are considering the best option for their window and door systems. Some of the main features to look at to differentiate the two include the make-up, strength, cost, and the intended purpose for the glass installation.

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Security Threat Assessment For Schools, Homes, Buildings, Banks etc

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We live in a world where we are constantly surrounded by threats, both perceived and real. Threats to our property or our well-being are at the top of the list of risks we face in our day-to-day lives. Business owners and homeowners both face the possibility of burglary and theft, government facilities and airports are confronted with terrorist attacks, even schoolchildren don’t feel safe in their classrooms. One of the ways we can improve security to protect ourselves and our property against these types of dangers is through security threat assessments.

What Is a Threat Assessment?

A threat assessment, as applied to a building’s security, is the practice of determining the seriousness of potential events, the likelihood that such scenario will occur, and how to mitigate that threat on your property. Threat assessments are conducted on a property by security specialists to evaluate the actual risk of perceived threats and make security upgrade recommendations. A perceived threat could be anything from a smash-and-grab theft to an active shooter scenario, or it could be a natural threat, such as a hurricane or earthquake.

When a security professional conducts a threat assessment, they will speak to the property owners to discuss their concerns and security goals. They will also carry out a thorough examination of the property in order to identify vulnerable points of entry and make recommendations about how to strengthen the building’s defenses to protect against potential events. These recommendations often include upgrading the level of glass security of a building’s windows and doors.

Essential parts of a threat and risk assessment:

  • Evaluate a complete spectrum of threats (manmade and natural)
  • Make a list of credible threats and scenarios
  • Assess and evaluate existing security countermeasures
  • Quantify the potential impact of specific threats
  • Suggest upgrades to building defenses (like security glass)
  • Re-evaluate perceived threats after security upgrades

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Why Are Security Threat Assessments Necessary?

A threat assessment helps you plan for and protect your facility and critical infrastructure against common threats to your specific facility. For example, a threat assessment of a government building might determine that it needs security upgrades to protect against terrorist attacks, which can involve both active shooters and bombs, as well as natural disasters. Both these types of threats require certain security responses, which a threat assessment will define.

When it comes to human threats, a threat assessment looks at things like the attractiveness of a particular facility as a target for certain risks and how effective the building’s current security measures would be in the face of different threats. For instance, if you own a jewelry store and are concerned about break-ins and burglary, a security threat management professional would examine things like your entry points, storefront glass, and security systems. They would then be able to make recommendations about how to upgrade your defenses by doing something like retrofitting your windows with security glass.

Examples of potential threats:

  • Break-ins and burglary
  • Smash-and-grab theft
  • Armed robbery
  • Active shooters (such as school shooters or insider attacks)
  • Bomb blasts
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Natural disasters (like storms, hurricanes, and earthquakes)
  • Civil unrest (including rioting and looting)

Who Can Benefit From a Security Threat and Risk Assessment?

Anyone who owns a business or operates a facility that faces any level of man-made or natural threat can improve their security through a security threat assessment. Threat management can protect against theft of property and merchandise, damage to infrastructure, and injury or loss of human life. Threat management doesn’t just benefit businesses and commercial facilities. Homeowners also face threats, mainly break-ins and burglary.

A thorough inspection and evaluation of your business, facility, or home can provide you with the recommendations needed to defend it against all plausible threats. For example, upgrading vulnerable windows on your home or business with laminated security glass is one of the best ways to protect your property from break-ins. Other types of facilities might be more concerned about violent attacks, in which case a security expert can provide suggestions to fortify points of entry against an armed individual attempting to get inside and carry out an attack.

Examples of facilities that can benefit from threat and risk assessments:

  • Retail stores
  • High-end luxury homes
  • Government buildings
  • Banks
  • Office campuses
  • Schools
  • Businesses or homes in high-crime areas

Threat Assessment in Schools

It’s hard to discuss threat assessments without mentioning the existence of school threats. It’s an unfortunate reality that children living in the US have to think about and deal with practically every day. A school threat assessment can help determine the probability of a school shooting happening and the best ways to protect the lives of students and staff if such an event should occur.

One method of addressing a school threat is attempting to prevent a violent act from occurring in the first place. This is typically done by an interdisciplinary team including school mental health professionals, administrators, and school or local law enforcement. These trained professionals attempt to identify threats or individuals who pose a risk of violence, then determine the threat level and appropriate response.

However, many times there is no prior indication that a violent attack will occur at a school, and there is no single profile of an individual who will cause harm to others. In this case, a threat assessment by a security professional can help come up with the best ways to upgrade a school’s defenses to minimize harm in a violent attack scenario. For instance, putting ballistic-grade doors and windows in place can save lives by keeping an active shooter out of classrooms and delay them long enough for law enforcement to arrive and deal with the situation.

conducting threat assessment in school is a security measure that involves being proactive

Conclusion

Just because real threats exist doesn’t mean we have to live our lives in constant fear. Our personal and property security can be upgraded to improve peace of mind and mitigate damages in the unfortunate event of a hazardous incident, whether man-made or natural. Conducting a threat and risk assessment is the first step towards making these upgrades and protecting ourselves from harm.

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Riot Glass Is the Perfect Combination of Aesthetics and Security

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All types of homes, commercial facilities, and retail stores can benefit from upgrading windows and doors with security glass to protect against day to day threats. Alarms, cameras, and other security measures are all great, but they don’t physically keep intruders out or protect people inside from an attacker. Standard window glass is the most vulnerable point on any building, but you can change this by installing Riot Glass security glass to protect your property and the lives of those inside. Riot Glass products provide the perfect balance between top-of-the-line security and aesthetics.

How Secure Is Riot Glass?

Riot Glass offers three of the best types of security glass products available on the market: 3M security film for glass, Riot Glass laminated security glass, and ArmorPlast polycarbonate panels. All three product lines are rated among the strongest glass security solutions you can install on your property. No matter what your security concerns are, there is a Riot Glass product to fit your needs.

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3M Security Film for Glass

3M security glass film is the strongest glass film available to add an extra layer of protection to your existing glass windows and doors. Security glass film is applied on top of your existing glass and can delay forced entry attempts by up to three minutes. That delay can potentially save lives by giving those inside time to call the police and barricade themselves in a room or evacuate the building and get to safety. 

Security film also holds the existing glass together against impacts and prevents it from shattering dangerously inwards, reducing the chance of injury from natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wind storms. It is one of the most affordable and effective ways to secure any property against both man-made threats and mother nature.

Riot Glass Laminated Security Glass

Riot Glass laminated security glass is 5x stronger and 100x stiffer than standard types of security glass. It is highly resistant to forced entry attempts and can withstand impacts from any kind of tool, including baseball bats, hammers, crowbars, axes, and anything else a would-be intruder might use to break in. This makes Riot Glass one of the most effective options for securing your home or business against burglars and other intruders.

Security glass is ideal when you want to secure a retail store against burglary, rioting, looting, and other threats without going through the hassle and expense of complete glass replacement. The thermoplastic interlayer in Riot Glass laminated security glass panels is virtually unbreakable under most common circumstances, or it will delay attempted entry long enough to deter criminals. It will protect your retail store from devastating losses due to building damage, stolen inventory, and lost revenue.

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ArmorPlast Polycarbonate and Acrylic Panels

When you want the highest level of defense, ArmorPlast glazing shields are the way to go. These polycarbonate and acrylic panels are available with containment-grade to ballistic-grade resistance ratings so that you can protect your property against the most violent attacks. ArmorPlast containment-grade panels will retain their integrity and remain a barrier to entry even after being hit by multiple bullets, whereas ballistic-grade panels will completely stop bullets from firearms of various calibers.

ArmorPlast’s level of protection is unmatched when you want to be sure that your glass can withstand an attack by multiple attackers, heavy tools, and ballistic rounds. It is an ideal solution for high-risk properties like government facilities, banks, schools, religious buildings, correctional facilities, detention centers, and many other types. ArmorPlast products truly create a no-entry zone for the highest level of glass security.

What Are the Aesthetic Advantages of Riot Glass?

When you’re looking for ways to increase the security of your home or business, it can be hard to find solutions that don’t detract from the appearance of the property or cut down on visibility through your windows and doors. While things like window bars and gates do add security, they can also make your residence or place of business unattractive and make it hard to see outside. With Riot Glass security glass products, you don’t have to worry about these issues. They fit right on top of your existing glass and are completely transparent, making them practically invisible.

Riot Glass laminated security glass windows and ArmorPlast polycarbonate and acrylic panels can be retrofitted onto most existing residential and commercial window frames. This means that unless weight is a concern, you can keep everything about the appearance of your windows exactly the same. In the case of Riot Glass security glass film, it is just applied directly on top of the existing glass, so you won’t even know it’s there.

Riot Glass products are also available with other aesthetic options that you can choose from to enhance the appearance and performance of your glass. You can choose from various tinted colors and reflective mirrored finishes to give your glass a totally new look and reduce the heat, glare, and sunlight that comes in through your windows. Low-E, or Low Emissivity, options are also available for the highest level of energy efficiency.

Riot Glass Aesthetics: FAQS

Does it really look just like my existing window glass?

All Riot Glass products are available in 100% transparent options. If you install the thickest panels available, the visual sharpness of the glass may be slightly affected. Still, the difference is so minimal that you are unlikely to notice a change.

Is it difficult to clean Riot Glass?

You can use the same cleaning methods on Riot Glass products that you would use to clean regular glass. In fact, Riot Glass products have a protective coating that makes them more resistant to scratching and marring, so they can withstand even the most rigorous cleanings.

Can I keep my lettering and graphics? 

That depends on the particular product and where the signage is displayed. A Riot Glass security consultant can advise you further during an onsite inspection. Contact us today for more information on Riot Glass or to schedule a consultation and receive an estimate.

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