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Are Bars for Windows a Good Choice?

Written By: Brad CampbellOctober 7, 2022

Burglars will always seek to go down the path of least resistance and as little risk as possible. The doors and windows may be locked, but burglars are clever and can usually open these without issue. 

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If you’re keeping anything very valuable inside your business property, then burglars may even resort to breaking windows to enter if they can’t unlock them using other means. This means that a certain dose of security is necessary to dissuade them from even trying. 

One of the most common methods of protecting ground-floor windows from break-ins is using metal bars. Metal bars are generally considered an excellent protection choice because they’re fairly affordable and can deter virtually all forms of break-ins. No burglar will risk setting off alarms by trying to break the window to unlock the door. 

Likewise, they also won’t risk being loud, trying to cut through the bars themselves. All in all, bars for windows seem like the best security choice for windows there is. But is this a fact or is the general consensus skewed?

The Pros of Bars for Windows

Okay, so there is some truth behind the effectiveness of window bars. When people look at window security systems, they’ll usually go for bars because the positives outweigh the negatives. However, newer, more modern window security measures have appeared in the market that are better and - almost invisible. But more on that later.

Sturdy and Difficult to Cut

Most bars are usually made of Iron but certain polycarbonates can also be used. Iron bars are very difficult to cut through; burglars would need power tools and plenty of time to remove them. On top of that, the entire process would be loud so it doesn’t matter if they attempt a break-in during the day or during the night - they will be heard. 


Although some people think that because window bars are usually large and made of Iron, they cost a lot. But this isn’t true. In fact, they are fairly affordable for most people, especially because you probably wouldn’t install them on every single window - just the ones on the ground floor. 

Provide a Sense of Security to the Occupants

Bars for windows are discouraging to burglars looking to break in and steal your possessions, but they’re also enormously beneficial to the occupants. No other security measure can quite provide the feeling of safety that window bars do. Just seeing those iron bars is enough to make a huge difference and prevent unauthorized entry. 

The Cons of Bars for Windows

While the pros of window bars are quite obvious at first glance and are the primary reasons why people choose this as their primary window security measure, there are a few ‘holes’ in its defense. 


Window bars are simply ugly. They drastically change how people see a building, usually for the worse. If you’re inside and attempting to look through the window, you’ll have the bars obstructing your view.

Why Riot Glass® is the Best Window Security Option

It’s time to talk about a modern and much safer window security option that you can get. We’re happy to present Riot Glass; our flagship product and a strong choice to completely overhaul and enhance your security. 

Our Riot Glass product features all the pros that bars for windows do, but there are virtually no cons that go with it. For starters, Riot Glass® is virtually indestructible and can withstand almost anything. 

There’s also no impact on aesthetics, nor does Riot Glass decrease property value. The primary reason for this is that it’s basically invisible. The ‘Glass’ (actually a combination of multiple sheets of ballistic glass) is completely see-through (though you can get tinted or one-way mirror options as well) and doesn’t impact visibility whatsoever. 

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We offer our customers a robust line of forced entry and ballistic glass protection, ranging from high-end ballistic glass to more affordable options (that are still incredibly strong). However, no matter which option you choose, you’ll be drastically improving your window security, especially compared to most other security options. 

Contact us for more information about our wide range of Riot Glass and ArmorPlast® ballistic glass products. 

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