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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

Reinforce Your Building’s Windows and Commercial Exterior Doors with Security Glass

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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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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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 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.

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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.

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6 Reasons Why You Need to Upgrade Your Existing Door and Window Glass With Our Security Retrofit

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At Riot Glass, we are passionate about security for windows. Reinforcing glass doors and windows with our security glass protects your home or business against forced entry and other security threats. Keep reading to find out why Riot Glass is your best option for window security and what some of the other benefits of a Riot Glass retrofit are.

6 Ways Riot Glass Provides the Best Window Security

1. Threat Assessment of Your Property

Whenever we start working with clients to upgrade their property’s security, the first thing we like to do is schedule a threat assessment with one of our security experts. A threat assessment is a special consultation during which a security specialist will do a thorough evaluation of your property, talk to you about your security concerns, and assess your risks. We will then be able to provide you with recommendations for how to reinforce windows and doors using Riot Glass security glass products.

2. Window Protection from Burglars

Many of our clients are mainly interested in burglar proofing windows and doors, so this is one area where we aim to provide the best window security options on the market. If you’re wondering how to prevent break-ins through windows or how to secure windows against forced entry, look no further than Riot Glass. All our security glass products are specially designed with window protection from burglars in mind and can create formidable barriers to forced entry.

3. Complete Security Glass Retrofits

One thing that sets Riot Glass apart from many of our competitors is that many of our security glass products can be retrofitted into your existing glass doors and windows. This means that you get all the strength and security of a full glass replacement, but at a lower cost and without the time and hassle of window replacement. In some cases, we might have to replace existing glass panes and the surrounding framing if they aren’t compatible with our security glass, but on the majority of jobs, a retrofit is possible.

4. Affordable Security Film for Windows

When you want a basic security upgrade for your windows without a high cost, we offer 3M safety and security window film. This type of security film for windows is a pliable polyester Mylar coating that we apply directly on top of your existing glass surfaces. 3M window film is proven to help delay forced entry attempts and can keep your glass intact even after repeated high-force impacts.

5. Laminated Security Glass for Reinforcing Glass Doors and Windows

The next level of security for windows that we offer at Riot Glass is our RG Series of laminated security glass, which is available in a wide variety of thicknesses and strengths. The RG Series offers the best window security when you want a balance between cost and strength. Our laminated safety glass is approximately 100 times stiffer and five times stronger than traditional interlayer safety glass and is proven to delay forced entry attempts.

ArmorPlast Break-Proof Windows for Maximum Security

ArmorPlast polycarbonate panels and framing are the strongest security barrier that we can retrofit onto your glass doors and windows. Since ArmorPlast panels aren’t actually glass (they’re made from a unique combo of polycarbonate, acrylics, and other plastics), they are virtually unbreakable. If you want truly burglar-proof windows and doors or you want to protect against even bigger threats, such as active shooters, ArmorPlast is what you’re looking for.

Other Benefits You Can Receive from a Riot Glass Security Glass Retrofit

Added Privacy

In addition to upgrading security for windows and doors, Riot Glass security glass products can be used to add privacy to your home or business. Our security film for windows, RG Series laminated glass, and ArmorPlast polycarbonate panels can be customized with tinting, coloring, or mirroring. Depending on the level of privacy you want, you could use something like a reflective window film to create a two-way mirror effect for more daytime privacy. Alternatively, if you want complete 24-hour privacy, we can make your windows totally opaque.

A New Look

Even if privacy isn’t a big concern, tinted, colored, or mirrored security glass can provide your home or business with an entirely new appearance. For example, if you own a glass office building, we can retrofit it with tinted or colored Riot Glass to give it a sleek, modern-looking facade. In case you want to keep all your visibility and views out of your windows, keep in mind that Riot Glass security glass products can all be installed in clear varieties that are virtually invisible, so you won’t even know they’re there.

UV and Glare Protection

Whether you choose to upgrade your glass doors and windows with security window film, Riot Glass, or ArmorPlast polycarbonate panels, the new glass will block out 99.9% of harmful UV rays. These are the rays that can damage your skin or cause items placed near windows to fade and lose value over time. Our products can also be used to reduce glare, which is especially helpful for commercial facilities where people need to be able to focus on computer screens and other electronic displays.

Improved Energy Efficiency

Another benefit of retrofitting your home or business with Riot Glass is that it’s possible to improve your property’s energy efficiency. All our security glass products are available in Low-E (Low-Emissivity) versions, which help maintain comfortable indoor temperatures all year long and reduce your reliance on heating and cooling systems. This can translate into big utility bill reductions, especially if you operate a large commercial facility or have a home with older, single-pane windows. In fact, Low-E windows are an investment that ends up paying itself off in energy bill savings.

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Can Safety Glass Really Offer Hurricane Window Protection? Here’s What You Should Know

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If your home gets caught in the middle of a hurricane without proper protection for your glass doors and windows, you’re likely to experience devastating property damage. There are many hurricane window protection options to choose from to prevent such a loss from happening. With all the options out there, it can be hard to know the best choice to protect your home against hurricane damage. Riot Glass laminated safety glass offers affordable protection during a hurricane when compared to other products and methods you can use.

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Examples of Common Hurricane Home Protection Methods

Before we talk a little bit more about why Riot Glass is a popular way to protect your property from hurricane damage, let’s take a look at some of the other common ways people protect their homes during a hurricane. There are many hurricane-specific products on the market, as well as do-it-yourself methods of fortifying properties in the face of a coming storm. Some of the most frequently used techniques include covering glass with hurricane fabric, boarding up windows and doors with plywood, and installing permanent storm shutters.

Hurricane Fabric Pros and Cons

Hurricane fabric is one of the cheapest and most convenient products you can use to cover up your home’s glass before a coming storm. Think of it as a piece of trampoline fabric that stretches over your windows and bounces away storm debris that gets thrown during a hurricane.

Some advantages of this special fabric are that it is easy to install and remove, it doesn’t take up a lot of storage space, and you still retain some level of visibility through your windows. In terms of strength, hurricane fabric is one of the weaker options available to you, and any debris it bounces away from your home can fly towards other property and still cause damage.

Plywood Pros and Cons

Boarding up your windows and doors with plywood is another inexpensive way to protect your home from a hurricane. Strength-wise, plywood is much more durable and resistant to flying storm debris than hurricane fabric and will create a strong barrier on top of your glass.

This method of window protection is also the most labor-intensive and will require you to measure, cut, and store the plywood ahead of time, then install it with plenty of time before the storm hits. After the hurricane passes, you have to take it all down again and put it back into storage, which can take up a lot of room if you have many windows.

Storm Shutters Pros and Cons

Out of the traditional hurricane window protection window methods, permanent hurricane shutters are the most practical and effective (and also the most expensive). Hurricane shutters are installed above all your windows and you just have to lower them down when a storm is coming, which makes them very convenient.

There are many styles of hurricane shutters, so you can choose a variety that matches your home’s aesthetic. However, some styles of hurricane shutters can interfere with the amount of natural light that comes in through your windows, even when they’re up, and the cheaper varieties can be very unattractive.

3 Reasons Riot Glass Is Preferred By Many Coastal Clients

 

1. Stronger than Other Types of Safety Glass

Riot Glass retrofit glass is not designed to replace the strength of plywood and other storm mitigation barriers, but does offer better protection than regular glass, and even other types of security laminated glass. Riot Glass laminated safety glass is a type of safety glass that contains a thermoplastic interlayer. This special composition makes it 100 times stiffer and 5 times stronger than other types of impact-resistant windows on the market. If Riot Glass does receive an impact hard enough to make it shatter, it can retain its shape and strength and keep storm debris and water out of your home.

2. More Affordable Than Window Replacement

Besides its superior strength, a significant advantage of Riot Glass over other types of hurricane window protection is that it can be retrofitted right into your existing framing, making it an affordable alternative to completely replacing your windows. Even if laminated safety glass isn’t in your budget, Riot Glass also offers a full range of more affordable 3M safety and security window films that can be applied to your existing glass to strengthen and protect it.

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3. Protects Your Existing Glass All the Time

Another advantage of Riot Glass is that it offers permanent protection—24 hours a day, 365 days a year—so you don’t have to worry about anticipating a storm to protect your property against damage. Riot Glass doesn’t just protect against storm damage. It is also a very effective all-around security enhancement that can protect against forced entry, seismic events, and other security threats.

 

Other Benefits of Riot Glass

All Riot Glass products are available in tinted, colored, and mirrored varieties for added privacy or if you want to change the appearance of your windows. Additionally, Riot Glass blocks out 99.9% of the sun’s harmful UV rays that cause fading (of upholstery, photos, carpets, etc.) and skin damage. Finally, Riot Glass is available in a variety of energy-efficient options that can help you reduce your utility bills year-round—no matter what the weather.

Choose Riot Glass for Your Hurricane Home Protection

Now that you see why Riot Glass is an attractive option for window protection during a hurricane, why not take the next step and schedule a consultation before the next hurricane? The best way to have Riot Glass installed is to have your glass company call us to discuss which product would be best suited to retrofit into your existing window frames. Contact Riot Glass today at 800-580-2303.

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