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The Truth About Hurricane Window Film

By | Blog, Storm Protection

In hurricane zones like the Southeastern United States, especially in Florida, you may have noticed businesses promoting a type of shutterless hurricane glass protection called hurricane window film.

What they’re really referring to in this case is actually something called safety and security window film. This type of window film is not approved in Florida as a substitute for hurricane protection products like shutters and storm panels.

Even though it’s not an approved hurricane protection product, safety and security window film can play a role in adding an extra layer of security to your glass doors and windows. Keep reading to find out what the many benefits of security window film are.

 

Why the Term Hurricane Window Film Is a Misnomer

And Why You Shouldn’t Rely Solely on Window Film for Hurricane Protection

Here’s the real story about hurricane film for windows: 

Over the last decade or so, builders and homeowners have been met with increasingly stricter requirements regarding the impact resistance of window glass and the hurricane mitigation barriers installed during remodels and new construction.

Because of this, some companies saw an opportunity to start advertising safety and security window film as hurricane window film, when in fact many reputable manufacturers of these types of films clearly state that it is not meant to be relied upon for hurricane protection.

The below notice is straight from the 3M™ website (the manufacturers of the safety and security window film we supply):

“This product is not approved in the State of Florida for use as hurricane, windstorm or impact protection from wind-borne debris from a hurricane or windstorm. 

In compliance with Florida Statute 553.842, this product may not be advertised, sold, offered, provided, distributed or marketed in the State of Florida as hurricane, windstorm or impact protection from wind-borne debris from a hurricane or windstorm.”

All this is not to say that security window film doesn’t have any merits. It DOES add a layer of security to your glass that can increase the safety of you and your property during a storm.

So, how can you use security window film for hurricane protection? To explain that let’s take a closer look at how these types of films work and what they are designed to do.

 

Using Window Film to Keep Glass Intact During a Storm

First off, it’s important to understand exactly what window films like 3M™ safety and security window film are made of and how they’re installed. These types of films are really a pliable polyester mylar coating that gets applied right to the surface of your existing glass.

Security window film DOES NOT prevent glass from breaking and is not a cheap alternative to real impact-resistant glass like laminated security glass. However, the film can hold broken shards of glass in place and help a glass door or window retain its shape after an impact.

During a storm with high-speed winds, window film can prevent sharp shards of glass flying dangerously inwards towards you and anyone else sheltering inside the building. It can also help keep out rainwater and storm debris by holding the broken glass in place.

This means that you’ll still have to replace broken glass after a storm, but you may avoid injuries and water damage because of the effects of the installed window film. 

That being said, if you live in a hurricane zone, you should always have other hurricane mitigation barriers ready to go. Whether those are good old fashioned plywood boards or roll-down metal shutters, window film is no substitute for the strength of those barriers.

Key takeaways about using security film for storm protection:

  • Can prevent shards of glass from flying dangerously inwards
  • Can help broken glass doors and windows retain their shape
  • Is NOT a substitute for approved hurricane barriers like shutters
  • DOES NOT prevent glass from breaking under impact
  • Can reduce the risk of personal injury and water damage to property

Are There Any Other Benefits of Window Film?

Why You Should Consider Installing Window Film for Storm Protection and More

Now that you have a better understanding of the role that security films can play in strengthening your window glass during a storm, you might be wondering if there are any other benefits it can provide. The answer is yes!

Here are some of the other ways window film can improve the performance of your glass:

  • Deter forced entry
  • Add privacy
  • Block UV rays
  • Reduce glare
  • Control heat
  • Reduce energy use

 

Deter Forced Entry

The same properties that make security films a good option to prevent flying shards of glass and help glass doors and windows also make them an effective deterrent to forced entry attempts.

When a would-be intruder attempts to smash through a panel of glass to gain entry to your property, they’ll be surprised to see that it doesn’t immediately shatter inwards like standard window glass does.

Though it won’t stop a determined intruder from eventually breaking through the glass, the delay and surprise caused by the film can cause the criminal to think twice about continuing their break-and-enter attempt and move on to find an easier target.

 

Add Privacy

Standard security films are clear, but window tinting can also be applied using films to darken your windows or make them reflective for added daytime privacy. 

This is not only great for making ground floor rooms more private, but also adds more security to your property by making it harder for prowlers to see what’s on the other side of your window glass.

Block UV Rays and Reduce Glare

Many types of films also have UV blocking properties that prevent up to 99.9% of the sun’s harmful UV rays from passing through your windows. 

These rays that can damage your skin are the same rays that cause furnishings placed near windows to fade over time. UV blocking films drastically slow the effects of fading.

Additionally, glare blocking films can be used to reduce the amount of glare coming through your windows. This is great if you want to make it more comfortable to look at a computer or TV screen near sunny windows.

 

Control Heat and Reduce Energy Use

There are also special heat blocking films and low-e, or low-emissivity, window films available. These can be used to make indoor temperatures more comfortable and reduce your use of HVAC systems to lower your monthly utility bill.

The enhanced climate control provided by certain types of films can be a real lifesaver (and money saver) in the hot and humid Southeastern climate!

Conclusion

If you take one thing away from this article, let it be a warning not to believe anyone trying to tell you that they have some type of magical hurricane film for windows. No film eliminates the need for other storm damage mitigation barriers.

We also want to stress that security window films DO have many beneficial properties that can make your glass doors and windows less vulnerable to storm damage and other threats, as well as enhance the overall performance of your glass.

Contact us today for more information about how we can help you strengthen your home or business security with our window films and other security glass products.

Hurricane Window Protection: What Options Do You Have?

By | Blog, Storm Protection

If you live in a region that’s prone to hurricanes and other types of tropical storms, such as Florida or another area of the Southeastern United States, you definitely need some type of hurricane protection for windows and doors.

Hurricane window protection products not only protect your property from expensive damage but also keep you and anyone else inside safe during a storm. This layer of physical protection is absolutely essential to prevent potentially devastating financial losses and injuries.

 

Why Do You Need Hurricane Protection For Windows and Doors?

The Importance of Choosing the Right Hurricane Window Protectors

At some point, you’ve probably seen how much damage a flying pebble or a stray golf ball can do to a window or a sliding glass door. Now try to picture what would happen if the same object was hurled at the glass by hurricane-force winds — not pretty, right?

Fact: even category 1 hurricanes can have sustained winds with speeds up to 95 mph. Category 5 hurricanes can have winds with speeds of more than 155 mph!

Not only does storm debris have the potential to cause damage that’s expensive to clean up and repair, but shattered glass can fly dangerously inwards and potentially cause serious injuries to those inside.

Besides that, a broken door or window allows water into your home during a storm, which can lead to flooding that’s even more of a hassle (and costs more) to clean up.

In short, your glass doors and windows are extremely vulnerable during a hurricane or another type of strong windstorm. 

You might be hesitant to make hurricane improvements to your home or business, but trust us when we say that you’ll be happy you did so when your property gets caught in the midst of a ferocious storm. 

In addition to saving you money on glass replacement and storm damage cleanup, hurricane protection improvements can also save you money on your insurance premiums. 

For example, in Miami-Dade County, adding modern hurricane protection to an older home can save you thousands of dollars a year with some insurers.

Top reasons to make hurricane protection improvements to your property:

  • Avoid broken glass doors and windows that require glass replacement
  • Prevent injury due to flying shards of glass
  • Keep water out of your home or business during a storm
  • Save money on annual insurance premiums

 

How to Protect Windows During Hurricanes

A Closer Look At Your Hurricane Window Protection Options

Luckily, there are a variety of storm window protection methods and products available for you to choose from, so you can find something that suits your goals and budget. However, not all methods are equal in terms of their aesthetics and the level of security they provide.

When it comes to choosing the best solution for your property, it’s important to consider the method’s convenience, its strength, and how the product will affect the curb appeal of your home or business.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common, affordable, and effective options available to you when it comes to fortifying your property against storm damage:

  1. Plywood Boards
  2. Hurricane Fabric
  3. Storm Panels
  4. Hurricane Shutters
  5. Laminated Security Glass

Plywood Boards

Boarding up windows and doors is a popular way to protect properties during storms because it’s relatively cheap, but very effective at protecting glass from storm damage. However, it does have its disadvantages.

For starters, this is a very labor-intensive hurricane protection strategy because it requires you to measure and cut pieces of plywood ahead of time to fit over all your window and door glass.

When it comes time to board up your home or business, you’ll need some help nailing or screwing the boards into place. 

The boards also block out natural light, cut off your visibility, and leave your property looking very uninviting. This can especially be a problem if you’re a business owner and you want to be prepared for a pending hurricane, but remain open until when/if the storm actually hits the area.

When there’s no storm coming, you’ll have to keep all those plywood boards in storage somewhere until you actually need to use them. This can take up a lot of space and leave an unsightly pile of boards somewhere on your property.

All that being said, if you’re on a budget and don’t mind doing the labor and storing the boards, plywood can be a very cost-effective choice for protecting your property from storm damage in a pinch.

Pros of board-ups:

  • Creates a strong, durable barrier
  • Deflects storm debris and keeps glass intact
  • Very affordable

Cons of board-ups:

  • Labor intensive
  • Requires lots of storage space
  • Blocks out natural light
  • Visually unappealing

 

Hurricane Fabric

Hurricane fabric is a special type of product on the market that’s basically a piece of trampoline-like fabric you stretch over your windows to deflect flying storm debris.

This type of fabric is a preferred method of storm window protection for some people because it is easy to install and take down. It also doesn’t take up nearly as much storage space as plywood boards do. 

Another plus of hurricane fabric is that it still allows some natural light to filter through your windows.

However, hurricane fabric is definitely not as strong as boards and other types of hurricane protection products and high-velocity storm debris can still potentially tear through it. There’s also the risk that debris that bounces off of the fabric damages other nearby property.

Pros of hurricane fabric:

  • Easy to use
  • Takes up very little storage space
  • Allows some natural light in

Cons of hurricane fabric:

  • Weaker than other materials
  • Deflected debris can damage other property in the area

 

Storm Panels

Think of storm panels as the commercial alternative to plywood boards. These types of panels are typically made of corrugated metal or plastic sheets that are cut to fit over your glass doors and windows.

As with boards, these panels are fixed to the side of a building and stay there to protect your glass until you’re ready to take them down. The corrugated design and materials used in their construction make storm panels very strong and effective at preventing storm damage.

Storm panels do share some of the same disadvantages as plywood boards, though. Mainly that you’ll have to find a place to store them when you’re not using them, they require a bit of labor to install, and they aren’t very attractive.

Metal storm panels also block out your natural light and leave you without any visibility through your windows. However, there are clear storm panels available that still allow some light into your home or business and let you see a bit outside.

If you decide to use storm panels to protect your property from storm damage, you have the option of leaving them up all hurricane season. If you choose to do so, you might want to go with clear panels which are more aesthetically pleasing than their metal counterparts.

Pros of storm panels:

  • Very strong
  • Custom-cut to fit over your glass
  • Can be left up all storm season

Cons of storm panels:

  • Unattractive
  • Require storage space
  • Need to be installed before a storm

 

Hurricane Shutters

There are a wide variety of hurricane shutters available on the market. Out of the more traditional hurricane window protection options, shutters are the most practical and visually appealing, but also the most expensive.

The main types of hurricane shutters are:

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

 

Roll-down shutters roll up into a metal box that’s permanently fixed above your windows. When it’s time to prepare for a storm, you lower the metal shutters into place using a hand crank or by pressing a button for electronic varieties.

Colonial-style shutters consist of two louvered shutter panels that are attached to the wall beside a window. You just fold them in towards each other over the window to protect the glass.

Bermuda or Bahama shutters are one-piece louvered panels that attach above each window and prop open using a bar or rod. They’re similar in style to Colonial shutters, but provide the added benefit of shade when they’re propped up above your windows.

Accordion shutters are attached to the side of a glass door or window and have to be unrolled horizontally to cover the glass, which is done by hand. These types of shutters can be a good option for protecting sliding glass doors.

Pros of shutters:

  • Wide variety of styles to choose from
  • Offer stylish and effective hurricane protection
  • One-time installation
  • Easy to use

Cons of shutters:

  • More expensive than other hurricane window protectors
  • Need to be professionally installed ahead of time
  • Block out light and limit visibility
  • Must be lowered into place manually

 

Laminated Security Glass

The final option we want to tell you about is something you may not have heard of before, but we think it’s an option you’ll like: laminated security glass. This is a special type of glass laminate that consists of a thermoplastic interlayer sandwiched between two sheets of glass

We offer our Riot Glass™ line of laminated security glass for hurricane protection. This glass laminate looks and feels just like regular window glass, but the thermoplastic interlayer is very effective at dispersing the force of high-velocity impacts and preventing breakage. 

Your window glass is protected against hurricanes and other threats 24/7, without sacrificing your views, your natural light, or the curb appeal of your property. 

If Riot Glass™ does get impacted hard enough to shatter, it can retain its shape and strength to keep storm debris and water out of your property.

You don’t have to worry about boarding up your windows or lowering coverings into place before a storm, though you may choose to use laminated security glass along with other hurricane mitigation products for even more protection.


The best part is, Riot Glass™ can be retrofitted right into or onto your existing framing, eliminating the need for complete glass replacement. This makes it a more cost-effective hurricane window protection option than other types of security glass on the market.

 

Final Thoughts on Hurricane Protection for Windows and Doors

Choose Your Hurricane Window Protection Products Carefully

As with all types of glass security, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to protecting your glass from storm damage. 

It’s important to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the options available to you and consider the threat level to your property to help you choose the right solution for your glass doors and windows.

Contact Riot Glass, Inc today for more information about how we can help you protect your home or business from hurricane and storm damage. 

You can also have a local glass company call us to discuss which product would be best suited to be retrofitted into your existing framing systems.

We are authorized dealers of Riot Glass Window Security Laminates 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.

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How Can ArmorPlast 25 Offer Glass Protection and Guard Against Forced Entry?

By | Blog

Many of our clients are looking for glass protection that offers more impact resistance and forced entry protection than window film or laminated glass can provide. One of the most popular products that we recommend to these clients is ArmorPlast 25.

Keep reading to find out more about how this highly impact-resistant glazing shield works and how you can reinforce your existing glass doors and windows using AP25 to protect your property from intruders and other threats.

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How This Glass Protection That’s Not Actually Glass Works

ArmorPlast is a line of polycarbonate panels and framing designed to look and feel just like glass, but with the strength and impact resistance of polycarbonate. These shields are available in a range of security ratings for varying degrees of protection against forced entry, ballistic attacks, bomb blasts, and more.

ArmorPlast 25 is a non-ballistic, containment-grade glazing shield. This means that bullets can penetrate it, but it will not significantly diminish in strength or break apart, even after repeated high-force and high-velocity impacts.

Key characteristics of ArmorPlast 25:

  • Single-ply laminate
  • Satisfies the requirements of ASTM D256
  • Constructed from polycarbonate sheets
  • Glass-like hardness
  • Abrasion-resistant and UV-resistant coating
  • Resistant to yellowing and hazing
  • Resistant to chemical attacks and marring

ArmorPlast 25 is designed for long service life in high profile, harsh environments. In other words, it can take a lot of abuse. AP25 has a 5-year Limited Product Warranty against coating failure, yellowing, and hazing.

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How Does ArmorPlast 25 Offer Glass Protection from Forced Entry?

Although this specific glazing shield doesn’t stop bullets, it remains a barrier to entry even after being riddled by bullets or after receiving multiple impacts from common burglary tools. It does not shatter apart and cannot be easily dislodged, thus preventing a would-be intruder from passing a hand through to open a door from the inside.

This strength makes ArmorPlast 25 ideal for retail burglary and smash-and-grab theft prevention. High-end luxury retailers especially can benefit from installing these containment-grade shields over their storefront glass and display cases to keep intruders out of the building and block their access to expensive merchandise.

AP25 isn’t just for retailers, though. There are many types of businesses and commercial facilities that need protection for window and door glass.

Businesses and commercial buildings that can benefit from the glass protection:

  • Retail stores
  • Correctional facilities (jails, detention centers)
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Corporate buildings and offices
  • Schools
  • Religious buildings

Any property that requires a high level of protection against forced entry or violent attacks can benefit from installing AP25 glazing shields at vulnerable entry points. Not only does this protect expensive merchandise and products against theft, but it also helps keep anyone inside the building safe by keeping the bad guys out and giving the authorities time to arrive.

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3 Great Benefits of Using ArmorPlast 25 as a Glass Protector

1. Looks and Feels Like Regular Glass

The polycarbonate used to construct AP25 sheets is crystal clear and feels remarkably similar to regular window glass. This means that you don’t have to sacrifice visibility or detract from your property’s appearance to protect it from forced entry and other threats.

Traditional security elements like bars, gates, and shutters can be unsightly and impractical for many businesses. This is especially true for places like retail stores where you want to show off merchandise and allow potential customers to window shop as they pass by.

With ArmorPlast 25, anyone looking in from the inside won’t even know it’s there. You’ll keep all the benefits of standard window glass with the added benefits of a virtually invisible security barrier that only you know is there.

2. Protects Glass Against Vandalism, Rioting, and Looting

The same strength that makes AP25 such a formidable barrier to forced entry also makes it an effective way to protect your property against damage and losses caused by civil unrest. If you have a business in a downtown retail core, these issues can be a real cause of concern.

When you install ArmorPlast 25 protective shields in your property’s glass doors and windows, you don’t have to worry about your storefront getting shattered to pieces by vandals or determined looters looking to gain access.

The coating used on these polycarbonate shields is also very resistant to marring, scratching, and even chemical attacks. This makes it much less likely that you’ll have expensive damage to repair and clean up after if your commercial building is a target of vandalism.

3. Provides Earthquake and Storm Damage Protection

The threats that businesses and commercial facilities face aren’t always man-made. Mother nature can also be unpredictable and cause property damage that can be expensive to clean up at the very least and may even leave your building exposed to more damage or theft.

Standard glass can break apart and shatter inwards very easily when it gets hit by debris during a mighty windstorm or if your building experiences heaving shaking during a seismic event. A broken window means that your space is potentially open to heavy rains and flooding or criminals looking for an easy target.

ArmorPlast 25 solves these problems by staying intact and keeping your glass doors and windows firmly in place. Even if the glass cracks, AP25 won’t dislodge and expose your business or shatter and fly dangerously inwards, potentially injuring anyone inside the building during a storm or earthquake.

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Conclusion

When you’re looking for top-of-the-line glass protection for your business or commercial facility, ArmorPlast 25 is a great place to start. With AP25, your property remains protected during all the unexpected scenarios that can arise.

We have many years of experience working with commercial clients of all types, and we are committed to helping you find the right security solutions for you and your property.

Contact us today for more information about our AP25 glazing shields or to schedule a consultation.

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Top 5 Reasons Why ArmorPlast AP25 Is Your Best Option for Glass Security (Spoiler: It Is Not Glass)

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A strong commercial security system should contain different components, such as alarm systems, surveillance cameras, locks, and more. However, none of these security elements create a physical barrier to entry, which leaves glass doors and windows highly vulnerable to forced entry.

That’s where ArmorPlast 25, or AP25, comes in. It’s the first entry in our line of proprietary polycarbonate shields that you can install over your existing glass doors and windows to keep the bad guys out.

This system of polycarbonate panel system and framing system is designed to offer higher levels of impact resistance than security window films and laminated security glass. Let’s take a closer look at some of the top reasons to use AP25 for your retail store, office building, or commercial facility.

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Why Should You Upgrade Your Commercial Security System with ArmorPlast 25?

5 Reasons AP25 Is the Best Way to Reinforce Glass for Improved Business Security

  1. AP25 Has the Benefits of Glass with the Strength of Polycarbonate
  2. AP25 Offers Formidable Forced Entry Protection
  3. AP25 Creates a Virtually Invisible Barrier
  4. AP25 Protects Against Rioting, Looting, and Vandalism
  5. AP25 Provides Storm and Earthquake Damage Protection

1. AP25 Has the Benefits of Glass with the Strength of Polycarbonate

Construction with glass has many clear benefits (no pun intended) for commercial buildings. Glass storefronts allow retail stores to show off all their merchandise and entice potential customers to come inside and shop.

Lots of windows and glass walls also give office buildings and other commercial facilities a sophisticated, modern appearance. Glass also benefits those inside a building by letting natural light in and allowing them to enjoy impressive views of the city and landscape.

 

However, the benefits of glass also come along with some downsides. Principally, standard window glass offers no security benefits.

Glass doors and windows are the most vulnerable entry points for would-be intruders and the most prone to damage due to vandalism or natural events like storms.

ArmorPlast 25 has a glass-like surface hardness and appearance, but it is actually made out of a single-ply AR polycarbonate sheet. This polycarbonate is highly impact-resistant as well as UV and abrasion-resistant.

 

AP25 is classified as a non-ballistic, containment-grade glazing shield. This means that it will not stop bullets, but it can get riddled with bullets without breaking apart or significantly diminishing in strength.

ArmorPlast 25 composition and characteristics:

  • Single-ply polycarbonate laminate sheets
  • Abrasion-resistant and UV-resistant coating
  • Resistant to yellowing, hazing, chemical attacks, and marring
  • Glass-like hardness and appearance
  • Containment-grade glazing shield that satisfies the requirements of ASTM D256

2. AP25 Offers Formidable Forced Entry Protection

Because of its polycarbonate construction’s robust strength, AP25 creates a virtually impenetrable barrier to forced entry. Criminals armed with common burglary tools like hammers, crowbars, and even guns won’t be able to dislodge the glazing shields during a break-in attempt.

Even if a determined individual manages to crack the glass after hitting it repeatedly or even by shooting it, it won’t break and shatter inwards or allow the would-be intruder to pass a hand through and open a door from the inside.

We recommend ArmorPlast 25 to retail stores, corporate office buildings, religious facilities, schools, psychiatric hospitals, and detention centers. Any property where you need a high level of protection against forced entry is a good candidate for our polycarbonate glazing shields.

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3. AP25  Creates a Virtually Invisible Barrier

One of the great things about using ArmorPlast 25 to protect your glass is that it doesn’t change the appearance of your existing windows and doors at all. As we’ve already mentioned, the polycarbonate panels themselves are clear and look and feel just like glass.

 

All the framing and hardware are low-profile and sleek, so it won’t detract from your property’s appearance. In fact, people who don’t know you have AP25 installed (including criminals) won’t even notice it’s there.

Whereas more traditional elements of business security systems, such as bars, gates, and shutters, can be ugly and inconvenient, ArmorPlast panels do their job of providing security without being seen.

4. AP25 Protects Against Rioting, Looting, and Vandalism

In addition to forced entry protection, ArmorPlast 25 also protects your business from damage due to civil unrest or just plain old malicious vandalism. A blow from a bat or a hurled brick won’t smash or dislodge your AP25 panels, so you can rest easy knowing that your merchandise, equipment, and personnel are safe and sound inside.

In the event that one of the polycarbonate panels does get damaged, it’s much easier and more affordable to replace than replacing your entire glass storefront. With AP25, your business is much less likely to require expensive repairs or take a financial hit from looting after violent protest occurs.

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5. AP25 Provides Storm and Earthquake Damage Protection

ArmorPlast 25 doesn’t just protect your commercial property against man-made threats, but natural ones as well. With traditional window glass, a strong windstorm can pick up debris and hurl it into your windows, smashing them and leaving your business exposed to the elements.

This not only means that you’ll have to clean up broken glass and pay for expensive window replacement, but your business can also suffer more damage due to rains and flooding if broken windows are left unprotected.

A seismic event can result in similar problems—shaking your windows to pieces and leaving your business exposed. AP25 reinforces your existing glass against these types of extreme weather and unforeseen natural events to minimize the impact on your wallet.

Improve Your Commercial Security System with AP25

While traditional business security system elements like cameras and alarms are great for deterring criminals and alerting you and the authorities to potential break-ins, they do nothing to physically protect your vulnerable glass doors and windows.

 

ArmorPlast 25 is an excellent choice when it comes to reinforcing the glass in retail stores, corporate offices, commercial buildings, schools, or any other facility where you require protection against forced entry and other potential threats.

Don’t leave your property’s glass unprotected any longer. Contact our security experts today for more information about ArmorPlast products or to schedule a consultation.

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Our Two Top Commercial Security Grade Products For Glass Windows & Doors

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From time to time, we get asked about our security grade glass products from somewhere outside our installation service zone. If you live or have a business located someplace where we do not currently offer installation, we are still happy to provide you with certain materials that you can get installed locally.

There are generally two main types of products that we can supply to you for which you can source local labor to install them on your own. These two products are Campbell security screens and Riot Glass RG6 insulated glass units.

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How Security Screens and RG6 Insulated Glass Units Help Secure Your Property?

What These Types of Security Grade Glass Products Are and How They Work

1. Campbell Security Screens

These are custom-built security screens that can be installed on the exterior of your home, business, or commercial facility—right on top of the existing glass. We can make them to order for windows, single-hinged swinging doors, French doors, and sliding patio doors.

We build and customize these screens to fit precisely to 1/16th of an inch. They are designed to fasten onto the existing framing of your property’s glass doors and windows.

Our security screens are composed of stainless steel screen mesh and aluminum framing. The entire screen system is powder-coated to add a corrosion resistance layer and make them even more durable. The mesh comes in black, and the framing is available in 9 different color options, none of which have additional costs.

These screens create an additional physical barrier to forced entry and burglary attempts on top of your property’s most vulnerable entry points. When used in conjunction with a complete security system, including cameras and alarms, security screens are an effective way to deter would-be intruders from targeting your home or business.

Tight-weave stainless steel mesh resists forced entry attempts using:

  • Knives
  • Crowbars
  • Hammers
  • Pliers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Other common burglary tools

The pricing of our security screens is based on the measurements of the doors and windows you want to cover. We make each screen from scratch using your exact measurements, so they will fit seamlessly into each opening they’re designed to secure.

You can visit our website to get you some ideas about the approximate cost for each type of security screen. Besides the brochure, you will also find other helpful resources on the page like shop drawings, order forms, warranty info, and installation instructions.

We also have a few videos on measuring and installing the security screens that you can watch. These will give you a good idea of what tools and skill-set you or a local installer would need to accurately measure and properly install the screens once you’re ready to order.

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2. Riot Glass RG6 Insulated Glass Units

These security glass panels are designed to replace your existing dual-paned window glass with security grade glass. To install the Riot Glass, you must disassemble and remove your existing windows and doors, take the glass panes out, and replace the panes with the RG6 insulated glass units.

Though you are getting rid of your existing glass during this process, you can typically keep all your existing frames and hardware to reuse with your new security glass.

Riot Glass panels contain a thermoplastic interlayer that creates a formidable barrier to forced entry and keeps your glass doors and windows intact in the face of high-force impacts, whether intentional or accidental.

Our RG6 security glass is an ideal solution for retail stores and other types of commercial facilities when your goal is to keep your existing door and window frames while still protecting your property against multiple threats. It is also an effective security upgrade for homes, especially on glass patio doors.

Riot Glass is a cost-effective alternative to complete window replacement because you don’t have to shoulder expensive frame replacements, which often lead to more repairs of the surrounding material.

Riot Glass RG6 can:

  • Delay forced entry and stop bad guys in their tracks
  • Hold doors and windows solidly in place
  • Protect against burglary, rioting, looting, and vandalism

As with our security screens, our pricing is based on the glass’s rough measurements to be replaced.

In order for us to produce your custom insulated glass units, you would need to hire a professional glazier locally to perform the installation labor. This glazier will also assist us by providing the precise dimensions and overall thickness of the dual-pane glass units you’re going to replace.

This is important because we need to ensure that we have at least a 3/4 of an inch overall pocket size for our security glass units to work. In other words, if your existing glass is not at least 3/4 of an inch thick, our RG6 Riot Glass panels will not be compatible with your existing frames and hardware.

We will communicate closely with your chosen local glazier to ensure that our security solutions will work for you and your home or commercial building. We always strive to ensure that our glass products get installed to our high standards to protect you and your property.

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We hope this has given you a good idea of how you can boost your property’s security with two of our top selling security grade glass products.

When used together, in addition to other components of a strong residential or commercial security system, security screens and Riot Glass security glass are an effective and budget-friendly way to protect against forced entry, burglary, and other threats.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via phone, email, or contact form if you have any questions or are ready to order your custom security screens or RG6 insulated glass units. We will respond to you as quickly as possible to address any concerns or get you on your way to having a more secure property as soon as possible.

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Reinforce Your Storefront or Retail Glass Door: Ultimate Damage Protection

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When it comes to retail and convenience store security, there is no magical solution or one-size-fits-all approach to retail theft and burglary problems. That being said, there are many ways you can secure merchandise inside your store to prevent theft and shoplifting, as well as reinforce your storefront glass and secure the outside of your property to protect against forced entry and burglary.

In this article, we’re going to give you a brief overview of some of the most important features of a comprehensive retail security system. We’ll then dive a little deeper into what we specialize in—improving your store’s security with certain types of reinforced retail glass and glass-like products.

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Retail Security Measures Every Store Should Have in Place

How to Build a Strong Retail or Convenience Store Security System

  1. Controlled Access Entry Points
  2. Video Surveillance Systems
  3. Bright Lighting and Good Visibility
  4. Alarm Systems
  5. Retail Glass Doors and Windows Reinforced with Break-Resistant Materials

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1. Controlled Access Entry Points

Keep all entry points to your store locked when not in use, other than one main entrance for customers and employees. Restrict access to side and rear entrances and back rooms to only the employees who need to use them and make sure that they remain closed unless you need to use them for an essential activity like stocking your store.

Creating one central access point to your store ensures that you can easily keep tabs on everyone coming in and out of the premises. Restricting access to other entrances and areas means you know exactly who has access to them and reduces the chances of other entrances being used to commit theft.

2. Video Surveillance Systems

Install video cameras that cover the exterior access points to your business and that monitor the merchandise and points of sale inside. Make sure your surveillance cameras provide both real-time monitoring and record video footage.

A robust video surveillance system allows you to see what’s going on inside and outside of your business at all times. This helps prevent shoplifting and internal theft during your operating hours and serves as a burglary deterrent when your doors are closed for the night.

video surveillance is an import part of retail glass security

3. Bright Lighting and Good Visibility

Lighting and visibility are two components of a retail store security system that often get overlooked. Make sure both the interior and exterior of your business are brightly and thoroughly lit to discourage theft by making it harder for would-be criminals to hide their activities.

4. Alarm Systems

Install audible alarm systems that sound off when a controlled access point is breached or when glass gets broken. This makes criminals think twice about continuing a burglary or smash-and-grab theft attempt and alerts you and the authorities to what’s going on.

Silent alarms that employees can easily access are also something to consider. For instance, if you operate a 24-hour convenience store, a liquor store, or another type of late-night business that could be the target of an armed robbery, a silent alarm system can be beneficial.

5. Retail Glass Doors and Windows Reinforced with Break-Resistant Materials

Your retail glass doors and windows are the most vulnerable entry points in any type of business. Large glass storefronts are great because they allow customers to window shop, but they are also extremely susceptible to forced entry.

A burglar can make quick work of traditional window glass and even tempered safety glass by merely smashing it with any number of common burglary tools. This allows criminals easy access to your business and all its valuable merchandise.

When you think of ways to secure your windows and doors, metal shutters, screens, and bars are probably the first things that come to mind. Though these things can all work to deter and prevent burglary and theft, they’re unattractive and not always practical.

Fortunately, there are a variety of glass and glass-like products that you can use to reinforce vulnerable windows and doors. These products look and feel just like standard window glass, so you can improve your business’s security without hurting its appearance or visibility.

Benefits of reinforced glass:

  • Delays forced entry
  • Holds existing glass in place
  • Maintains visibility and appearance
  • Cheaper than window replacement
  • Protects against a wide range of threats

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How Can You Strengthen Your Business’s Glass to Prevent Theft?

Shatter-Resistant Products to Improve Your Store’s Security

  1. Safety and Security Window Film
  2. Laminated Safety Glass
  3. Polycarbonate Panels and Framing

Safety and Security Window Film

This type of film is composed of a pliable polyester Mylar coating that is applied directly to the inside surfaces of your existing glass. It is capable of holding glass together in the face of multiple high-force impacts to delay burglary and smash-and-grab theft attempts.

Laminated Safety Glass

The next level up in store security is laminated safety glass. This type of glass consists of an extremely robust thermoplastic interlayer sandwiched between two glass layers that makes it up to 100 times stiffer and five times stronger than traditional interlayer safety glass.

Depending on the thickness, these types of glass panels can:

  • Delay forced entry long enough to deter criminals
  • Give the authorities time to arrive
  • Completely deny forced entry attempts by determined attackers

Polycarbonate Panels

These panels aren’t glass but, instead, they are composed of acrylics, polycarbonates, and other plastics. This unique composition looks and feels just like glass, but provides a level of security far superior to any type of glass.

Polycarbonate panels are available in containment-grade, ballistic-rated, and non-ballistic varieties that can be virtually unbreakable depending on the specific rating. When you want the absolute best protection for your retail or convenience store against a variety of threats, these are the way to go.

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Break-Resistant Doors and Windows for Retail and Convenience Store Security

When used in conjunction with other physical components of a strong security system, glass made of break-resistant materials is an effective and cost-effective way to protect your business and merchandise against forced entry, burglary, and smash-and-grab theft.

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7 Reasons Why Riot Glass Offers The Best Protection Against Intruders

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Commercial buildings and retail stores typically use large glass storefront doors in their main entrances. These glass doors are great for businesses because they are more inviting to potential clients and customers, but they are also problematic because they are vulnerable to forced entry.

Unfortunately, our homes can also be quite vulnerable as well.

If you’re looking for ways to secure your home or business’s doors and windows against forced entry, burglary, smash-and-grab theft, and other threats, look no further than Riot Glass. Our security products are your best option to protect your property and keep would-be intruders out.

7 Reasons to Choose Riot Glass for Your Home or Business

How It Improves Storefront Glass Door and Window Security

  1. Resistant to Common Burglary Tools
  2. Available with Security Framing
  3. Can Be Retrofitted onto Existing Framing
  4. More Affordable Than Window Replacement
  5. Virtually Invisible
  6. Engineered and Manufactured in the United States
  7. Protects Against a Variety of Threats

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1. Resistant to Common Burglary Tools

When you install Riot Glass panels over your existing glass, you’re adding a robust barrier to forced entry that is highly impact-resistant.

A door or storefront made out of standard window glass or even tempered safety glass offers little to no resistance to deliberate impacts caused by common burglary tools like hammers, crowbars, and other heavy hand tools.

When Riot Glass panels experience such impacts, they resist shattering and hold the existing glass in place to significantly delay forced entry attempts.

This delay is often enough to cause criminals to move on and find an easier target or give the authorities time to arrive and catch culprits in the act of an attempted break-in.

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2. Available with Security Framing

So, you can reinforce vulnerable glass entry points against burglary and smash-and-grab theft attempts using Riot Glass panels, but what about the surrounding frames?

Traditional steel and aluminum door and window frames can also be weak points that are vulnerable to prying, so you don’t want to forget about these areas when you’re making security upgrades to your property.

Luckily, Riot Glass is also available with our patented aluminum security framing, so you can be sure that your business is fully covered against forced entry of all types.

3. Can Be Retrofitted onto Existing Framing

In many cases, we can retrofit Riot Glass panels right onto or into your existing door and window frames.

This makes installation much simpler than replacing the existing frames, not to mention saves you money on expensive repairs of the surrounding materials, which brings us to our next point…

4. More Affordable Than Window Replacement

Replacing all your windows and doors with security glass can be prohibitively expensive, especially for large retail stores and commercial buildings with a lot of glass.

Since Riot Glass can often be retrofitted onto your building, you usually don’t have to worry about ripping out all your old glass and undergoing a big, expensive construction project.

Keep in mind that every property is unique, and the exact cost of installation can vary depending on the condition of your building and the strength of its materials. In some cases, your existing framing might not be strong enough to support Riot Glass and must be replaced, which adds to the cost.

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5. Virtually Invisible

One of the reasons so many businesses choose Riot Glass is its sleek, virtually invisible profile.

The panels themselves are crystal clear, so you don’t have to sacrifice your views or worry about potential customers not being able to window shop.

The framing and hardware are all designed with aesthetics in mind and will not be noticeable or significantly alter your property’s outward appearance.

With Riot Glass, you’re getting all the pros of a stylish security barrier with none of the cons of unsightly traditional retail security products like bars, gates, and shutters.

6. Engineered and Manufactured in the United States

Riot Glass was born out of a need we saw on the market for a glass security product that didn’t significantly alter the appearance or structure of a building’s existing glass storefront doors and windows.

We set out to design and build the ultimate system of commercial glass security doors and windows right here in the USA. We use American-made materials and expert craftsmanship to custom-build each security glass and framing system to suit your business’s unique security requirements.

We strive to ensure that every product we provide is engineered and installed to our high set of standards.

7. Protects Against a Variety of Threats

Riot Glass provides a high level of protection against the most common threats that retail stores and commercial facilities face, including forced entry, burglary, smash-and-grab theft, rioting, vandalism, and looting.

All our products also offer varying degrees of protection against other types of man-made and natural threats, such as ballistic attacks, bomb blasts, storm damage, and seismic events.

Riot Glass protects against:

  • Forced entry attempts
  • Burglary
  • Smash-and-grab theft
  • Rioting and looting
  • Vandalism
  • Ballistic attacks
  • Bomb blasts
  • Storm damage
  • Earthquake damage

How to Get Riot Glass for Your Business

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If you’re ready to take the next step towards protecting your business against intruders and increasing its overall security, the first thing we like to do is conduct a threat assessment.

A threat assessment is a special type of consulting service during which a security expert will thoroughly inspect your property to identify its vulnerabilities and make recommendations about how to improve its security.

A threat assessment is used to:

  • Evaluate your property
  • Spot weaknesses in your security system
  • Identify the best type of Riot Glass for your needs
  • Recommend the most cost-effective security upgrades

Riot Glass is suitable for all types of businesses and commercial facilities, from small convenience stores and luxury retailers to government buildings, religious centers, and schools. No matter the potential threats you and your property face, we can help keep the bad guys out.

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Ballistic vs. Non-Ballistic Glass: The Differences You Should Care About

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There’s a lot of confusion and misinformation regarding ballistic vs. non-ballistic glass, so we’re here to help clear some of it up.

What Is Ballistic Glass?

First off, let’s get you acclimated to the proper vernacular. The correct terms to use are “ballistic glass” or “bullet-resistant glass,” NOT “bulletproof glass.”

Why?

Because nothing is guaranteed to produce a particular result. Testing in a laboratory is an indicator of possible, perhaps even probable, outcomes. However, actual attacks can vary greatly, and it is impossible to test for every possible contingency.

That said, it is comforting to know the glass has been tested and has stopped rounds, and these results are there to help guide buyers to a solution that addresses their perceived threat level.

It is easy to find technical data on this topic swirling around on the internet. In fact, we have a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo on our website if you are so inclined to read it. However, we wanted to explain with this blog post with less inner-industry jargon and more “man on the street” language that everyone can easily understand.

Ballistic glass is a term that can refer to a range of security glass products that are resistant to firearm projectile impacts to varying degrees, but that WILL NOT actually stop all bullets in their tracks. In other words, it’s important not to assume that all bullet-resistant glass is created equal as this is not the case.

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So, what exactly does “bullet-resistant” mean?

Ballistic windows are rated to withstand impacts from bullets of different calibers and velocities, but this does not mean that the rounds will just bounce off and fall away harmlessly to the ground.

We often refer to one glass type when we talk about ballistic windows as an “all-glass laminate.” This type of glass consists of several laminated glass layers that can protect against forced entry, rioters, stray bullets, and active shooters, depending on the overall thickness and strength. There are several alternative types of ballistic glass and all-glass laminates, including but not limited to, glass-clad polycarbonate and laminated polycarbonate. Cost, weight, durability requirements, and protection levels are all determining factors in choosing the best materials for your project.

Depending on the rating of a specific glass model, it may be able to stop one or several bullets. Again, this depends on many factors, including the caliber, velocity, and grain (weight) of the projectiles. High-powered ammunition may have no trouble piercing many types of ballistic grade glass.

After the first round impacts a sheet of bullet-resistant glass, it will significantly diminish in strength with each subsequent impact. Eventually, even the most robust glass can become compromised and no longer provide a protective security barrier.

Key facts about bullet-resistant window glass:

  • It is NOT completely bulletproof
  • Can sometimes resist one or more impacts from high-velocity projectiles
  • Does not immediately shatter, even after repeated high-force impacts
  • Provides multiple levels of protection against varying threat types
  • Classified based on how many and what kind of bullets it can resist from a certain caliber of firearm

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How is non-ballistic window glass different?

There are many types of glass that are not bullet resistant, from the standard annealed or plate glass window glass you might find in a home or business to the tempered or laminated safety glass commonly used in areas where added strength is needed for a myriad of reasons. Non-ballistic just means that it offers ZERO protection against firearm projectiles.

In other words, if a non-ballistic window gets hit by one bullet, it will likely shatter and may fall from the framing. Certain safety and security glasses are stronger than standard window glass and are designed to be less dangerous when they break, but they are no match for a bullet of any caliber.

Characteristics of non-ballistic windows:

  • Do not provide any protection against firearm rounds
  • Allow all bullets to pass through and shatter right away after being shot
  • Certain types can protect against different types of impacts, but not bullets
  • Will not have any ballistic rating listed in the product description.

Benefits of Ballistic Glass

Bullet Resistant Glass Can Protect People & Property

Now that you have a better understanding of what bullet-resistant glass is let’s take a look at a couple of ways it can be used to increase day-to-day security.

Top-of-the-Line Protection for Businesses and Commercial Properties

Ballistic windows are one of the best ways businesses or commercial facilities can upgrade their glass to protect against everything from forced-entry and burglary attempts to rioting and looting.

Whereas standard tempered, non-ballistic safety glass that’s so often used in retail and other commercial applications is very easy to shatter, this is not the case for ballistic-rated glass. Business or commercial building owners often choose to install ballistic grade windows to protect their merchandise, equipment, and employees.

For example, retrofitting a retail storefront with ballistic rated glass panels likely means that the windows will be virtually unbreakable using traditional burglary methods. The armored glass will be able to withstand repeated impacts by things like hammers, crowbars, bricks, rocks, and other common break-and-enter tools.

There is an important distinction to make here.

There are many less expensive glass options tested to forced entry standards and that can help reduce the chances a burglar will be successful in forcing their way into your building, but these are not necessarily bullet resistant. If it does not have a ballistic rating or test data listed on the product data sheet, it should not be considered bullet resistant glass.

On the other hand, many ballistic-rated glass make-ups also have forced entry test data, which makes sense when you think about it. If it is robust enough to stop bullets, it is exceptionally tough glass.

Moral of the story: forced entry glass is not always bullet resistant, and not all bullet-resistant glass is forced entry rated. Ask your consultant to clarify and read the datasheets thoroughly before buying.

According to the FBI, burglary accounted for approximately 17% of all property crime in 2018.

Would-be intruders are usually deterred very quickly when they can’t gain entry easily, so they’ll move on to find another target. When used as part of a complete security system, ballistic grade windows are an extremely effective way to prevent property damage, theft, and financial loss.

Effective Active Shooter Protection

Ballistic resistant glass is an ideal way to protect against active shooters. Unfortunately, this type of security is becoming increasingly necessary in our society, even in schools, but it doesn’t have to be overly complicated and expensive to secure a facility against active shooters.

Glass windows and doors are a building’s most vulnerable entry points. An active shooter can easily fire a round or two through standard window glass, shattering it and gaining easy entry to a facility or to a specific room, which is bad news for those inside.

In 2019, the FBI designated 28 shootings in the USA as active shooter incidents.

Upgrading a building with bullet resistant windows can stop bullets to a certain degree and keep violent would-be intruders out. Even if an armed attacker is able to penetrate the windows with ballistic rounds, they will have a difficult time shattering them completely to gain entry.

This delayed entry gives people the inside time to react by calling the police, barricading themselves in a safe area, or evacuating another entrance. It also provides the authorities time to arrive and deal with the situation to minimize human lives’ loss.

Ballistic security glass is a good fit for:

  • Retail stores of all types
  • Government facilities
  • Financial institutions
  • Schools
  • Religious centers
  • Reception areas
  • Detention facilities
  • Any other property that requires a high level of security

Final Thoughts

Standard non-ballistic window glass has its place, but bullet-resistant windows offer protection against a wide range of threats and won’t shatter easily.

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10 Powerful Ways to Secure The Back Door of Your Home or Business

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Back doors are one of the most common entry points burglars use to break into properties. If you have a full glass back door or just a glass window, it’s even more vulnerable. An intruder can easily smash the glass to unlock and open the door from the inside.

When you’re looking for ways to burglar-proof your business and make it less of a target for criminals, it’s crucial not to overlook your back door security. Keep reading to learn about some of the best ways to improve your business, commercial building, or home door security.

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10 Tried-and-True Glass Door Security Options For Your Back Door

How to Secure a Door to Prevent Forced Entry

  • Additional Locks
  • Security Window Film
  • Privacy Window Film
  • Security Gate
  • Monitored Alarm System
  • Security Screens
  • Laminated Security Glass
  • Bright Lighting
  • Blocking Bars
  • Security Camera

1. Additional Locks

One of the main issues with many back doors is that their factory locks just aren’t strong enough to keep out determined intruders. Any experienced burglar knows how to bypass many common back door locks to gain entry to a property quickly.

You can solve this problem by adding secondary locks that are not as vulnerable. These can be either deadbolts or security pins, for example.

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2. Security Window Film

Window film is one of the simplest and most cost-effective solutions out of all your glass door security options for your back door.

This type of film gets applied right on top of the inside surfaces of your existing glass. It can hold glass together after repeated impacts made by common burglary tools like hammers, crowbars, and even bricks.

Though it’s not entirely shatterproof, security window film can delay forced entry attempts long enough to deter would-be intruders or give the authorities time to arrive.

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3. Privacy Window Film

Window film is also available in tinted, reflective, and blacked-out options that you can use to conceal what’s on the other side of a glass door.

These films improve your glass door security by keeping valuables out of sight and making criminals think twice about breaking in—because they can’t be sure what’s on the other side.

Privacy film is a much more aesthetic and convenient way to conceal what’s inside your property, as opposed to more traditional curtains and blinds.

If you choose tinted or mirrored film, you can still see out during the daytime while prying eyes won’t be able to see in.

Keep in mind that the effect will be reversed at night if the lights are on inside your business.

4. Laminated Security Glass

Another option you have when considering how to secure a door is to retrofit the glass with laminated security glass.

These reinforced glass panels consist of an extremely robust thermoplastic interlayer sandwiched between two sheets of glass and are highly resistant to shattering.

Depending on the glass’s thickness and the determination of the would-be intruder, laminated security glass can significantly delay forced entry or even completely deny a violent attempt to gain entry to your property.

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5. Monitored Alarm System

A high-quality alarm system is an essential part of a strong business security system. Ultimately, no entry point is 100% impenetrable, so a monitored alarm system will alert you and the authorities if your business ever does get breached.

You can also advertise the alarm system to would-be burglars by putting up decals on your back doors to make them pause and reconsider their planned attack.

6. Security Screens

Installing security screens is another option to consider for securing your back door. Like gates, this is another way to add a physical barrier to forced entry and burglary.

These types of screens are similar in appearance to standard mesh window and door screens, but the mesh is made out of durable stainless steel. These stainless steel screens are resistant to knife attacks and impact and are more attractive than full metal security gates.

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7. Security Gates

Security gates are metal gates installed over top of a glass door to add another barrier to forced entry. They’re not pretty, but they can be effective at protecting a back door against break and enters.

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8. Bright Lighting

One reason that criminals prefer to use back entrances is that they’re usually out of sight and not well lit. You can help deter potential intruders by illuminating your rear doors brightly and thoroughly to make it harder for someone to hide their criminal activity.

9. Blocking Bars

When we mention how to secure a sliding glass door, you probably think of putting a stick or bar in the bottom track to prevent the door from sliding open if someone unlocks it. This old school method of securing sliding glass doors still works great when used along with other ways, such as reinforcing the glass.

There are also other types of blocking bars you may not have seen before that can be used to secure different kinds of non-sliding back doors.

For example, there are telescopic metal poles that you can wedge between a doorknob and the floor or across a door frame to prevent the door from opening inwards during a break-in attempt.

10. Security Cameras

Adding a security camera in a vulnerable spot like a back door is a great way to deter burglars as well as monitor the outside of your business right from your mobile device or a computer.

Training an obvious surveillance camera on your back door and the surrounding area will discourage people from tampering with the door. Criminals will never know who’s watching and they won’t want to have their actions recorded or get caught.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to protecting your business, commercial facility, or home from forced entry, it’s important to consider all your options. The more security measures you put in place, the less of a target your property will be and the harder it will be for foolhardy criminals to gain access without getting busted.

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Bullet Resistant Glass to Keep Burglars and Rioters Away

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Forced entry glass is a term that can refer to a variety of different types of impact-resistant glass that are strong enough to stand up to severe attacks without shattering. It’s important not to confuse “forced entry” with “bulletproof,” because these types of security glass do not stop bullets from passing through. However, they are very effective at keeping burglars and other armed intruders out of your property as well as preventing extensive damage due to rioting and vandalism. Keep reading to find out more about some of the different security window glass options available to you from Riot Glass.

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Forced Entry Laminated Security Glass

When you want a high level of forced entry protection for your property, laminated security glass is an excellent choice. This type of security glass is composed of a multilayer sequence of laminated glass with a thermoplastic interlayer. Laminated security glass is not bulletproof, but it is capable of resisting entry, even after multiple ballistic impacts and other high-force and high-velocity impacts.

Riot Glass offers various laminated forced entry glass levels for different security needs. Our laminated security glass can be retrofitted in place of your existing glass to create a formidable barrier to forced entry and protect your property against all manner of criminal attacks. This makes it ideal for any homeowner or business owner who wants to secure their property against burglars or looters’ break-in attempts.

 

When a would-be intruder attempts to smash through a laminated security glass door or window, they’re in for a surprise. Rather than easily shattering and allowing entry into your home or business, the forced entry security glass will retain its form and hold your existing glass in place, even after repeated impacts. Depending on the strength level you select, Riot Glass has been proven to delay entry.

The delay to entry created by Riot Glass is often enough for a burglar or looter to move on and look for an easier target. If you have an alarm system or someone inside calls the police, the extra window of time gives the authorities time to arrive and deal with the situation. Even criminals armed with guns and active shooters will have a difficult time shooting the glass out, which gives anyone on the inside time to react and get to a safer location.

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Forced Entry Security Film

If you’re looking for a basic level of affordable protection against burglars, looters, rioting, and vandalism, Riot Glass offers Riot Glass Window Security Laminates. This type of window film is a pliable polyester Mylar coating that is applied directly on top of your glass doors and windows to add an extra layer of security. Though not as strong as forced entry laminated glass, security window film does provide some of the same benefits to a lesser degree.

 

Our Riot Glass window films can hold your glass together and delay entry when a burglar or rioter is attempting to smash through. Just like with laminated security glass, this window of time is critical in deterring a would-be intruder and giving those on the inside time to react. When the threat level your home or business faces is low or your budget doesn’t allow for more expensive security glass, forced entry glass film is a great way to bolster your property’s defenses.

What If I Want Bulletproof Glass Windows?

Now that you know a little bit more about forced entry security solutions for your glass windows and doors, you might be wondering about truly bulletproof options. Riot Glass offers our ArmorPlast line of armored glass available in different ratings from containment grade to ballistic grade. We use the term bullet resistant because nothing is completely bullet proof. That said, our ArmorPlast panels have been tested to UL752 standards and stopped the particular caliber, grain weight, and velocity sufficient to earn the UL distinction for a particular threat level. ArmorPlast shields look and feel just like regular glass, but are actually composed of a unique combination of polycarbonate, acrylics, and other plastics.

If you want the highest level of protection against burglary or looting for your home or business, ArmorPlast ballistic glass is the way to go. The special composition of this type of security glass makes it virtually impenetrable, even when it receives multiple ballistic impacts. Not only is ArmorPlast the most bullet-resistant glass we offer, but it comes packaged with our specially designed framing system that will ensure your frames are not a weak point in your security.

We have many choices to match almost any budget and threat level. Clients often use multiple products on the same property. For example, a bullet-resistant solution may be used on the most vulnerable areas such as the main entrance and a lower-level protection such as laminated glass or security window films in areas where the glass is less accessible or less likely to be the primary place of attempted entry.

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Additional Benefits of Riot Glass Security Glass

All the security glass products we mentioned above have other benefits in addition to increasing the security of your home or business. If you want your glass doors and windows to look exactly the same, our basic laminated glass, window films, and polycarbonate panels are virtually invisible. However, we can also customize them with tinting, coloring, or mirroring effects to add privacy (which also adds even more security) or change the appearance of your glass doors and windows.

Additionally, our security glass products are UV resistant and block up to 99.9% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. These are the rays that both damage your skin and cause fading on anything placed near your windows. We also offer low-emissivity options that can help you drastically cut down on your use of the HVAC system and provide you with year-round utility bill savings.

Are you ready to upgrade your security? Contact Riot Glass today for more information about our security glass options or to schedule a consultation with one of our security experts.

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