Written By: Brad Campbell | August 11, 2023
Securing metal-framed commercial glass entry doors against forced entry can be done using retrofit security glazing and framing adapters, but how do you secure all-glass doors?
All-glass doors typically only have very minimal top and bottom rails that hold the glass in place, which means you can’t use retrofittable framing adapters to fit them with protective security glazing (these require a surrounding framing system).
Riot Glass AG Series doors solve this problem without compromising on aesthetics or requiring you to change the type of door.
AG Series doors are all-in-one forced entry- and bullet-resistant replacements for all-glass doors, so you can ensure there are no weak points in your commercial property’s physical security system.
Riot Glass AG Series doors are specialized all-glass security doors designed to meet the most demanding aesthetic and security requirements — they’re loved by security experts and design professionals alike.
AG Series all-glass security doors look and function just like traditional commercial glass entry doors, but have the virtually unbreakable strength of Riot Glass.
These door assemblies employ sleek, modern top and bottom rails to hold forced entry- and ballistic-grade security glazing sheets in place. The doors also include heavy-duty hinges and can be equipped with various different types of handles and locks.
AG Series rail framing is available in a wide variety of finishes, allowing you to pick an option that matches your facility’s existing architectural style.
Additionally, the security glazing infills on your AG Series doors can be crystal clear, reflective, tinted, frosted, or colored, allowing you to add privacy, graphics, or simply match the style of your building’s existing glass doors and windows.
Traditional commercial glass doors are typically made from tempered safety glass, a type of strengthened glass that is designed to improve human safety by reducing the risk of broken glass-related injuries.
Although tempered glass entryway doors are four or five times stronger than annealed glass doors, they are NOT intended to improve security.
The purpose of tempered glass is to crumble into harmless, granular pieces of glass when broken, rather than shattering into sharp, jagged shards that can fly dangerously inwards.
In other words, tempered glass doors are designed with them breaking in mind, and they don’t do anything to prevent bad actors from forcing entry to a property.
This is where Riot Glass AG Series doors come in.
These glass security door systems are available with polycarbonate or glass-clad polycarbonate (GCP) security glazing sheets.
AG Series security glazing infills use Riot Glass’s specific formulations of polycarbonates, acrylics, and other plastics to ensure they outperform and outlast other similar products on the market.
Depending on the specific thickness and composition of the AG Series security glazing you choose, AG Series doors can have a UL 752 ballistic resistance rating of level 1 or level 2, meaning they can stop multiple rounds fired from certain types of handguns.
All AG Series doors are forced entry resistant and come with a UL 972 burglary-resistant glass rating, making them ideal for preventing forced entry.
Even if penetrated by bullets, AG series doors won’t significantly diminish in strength or allow an attacker to pass any part of their body through — they keep the bad guys out!
From schools and glass office buildings to luxury retailers and government buildings, many types of commercial facilities have all-glass entry doors.
Commercial glass entry doors allow high visibility and high transmission of natural light, but, as we mentioned earlier, tempered glass doors are extremely vulnerable to forced entry.
All it takes is a couple of blows with a sledgehammer or another common burglary tool to make a tempered glass storefront door crumble, allowing thieves to step right inside.
In the event of an active threat scenario, an attacker can easily shoot through and smash out a sheet of tempered glass to open a door from the inside.
Because of these threats, AG Series doors are ideal for almost any type of commercial facility where you want to upgrade your entryway door security to protect against forced entry and active threats.
Traditionally, all-glass doors are one of the most challenging components of commercial glass storefronts to secure against forced entry and active threats.
But with AG Series security glass doors, virtually impenetrable entryway security is more achievable than ever.
Unlike traditional storefront security solutions, like bars, grates, gates, and shutters, AG Series doors don’t alter the appearance of your business in any way.
In fact, AG Series doors can even improve the look of your property, giving your storefront glass doors a sleek, modern facelift that complements the rest of the building’s architecture.
Bars, scissor gates, and shutters provide a visual deterrent that can often discourage break-ins, but some cities, landlords, and specialty brands do not want such products visible in the storefront. Riot Glass is an excellent alternative, providing a virtually invisible barrier to entry.
Of course, you should also make sure to reinforce other vulnerable doors and windows to ensure full security, which can be done using other retrofittable Riot Glass security glazing solutions.
Our team is here to help you choose the perfect commercial glass security doors and window glazing for your project. Contact us today for a free consultation.