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.
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.
Forced Entry Security Film
If you’re looking for a basic level of affordable protection against burglars, looters, rioting, and vandalism, Riot Glass offers 3M safety and security window film. 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 3M 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.
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.