riot glass logo

AP 100

Ballistic Glazing - Level 2

Learn More

AP 125

Ballistic Glazing - Level 3

Learn More

AP 125MS

Multi Shot Protection

Learn More

AP 25

AR Polycarbonate Sheet

Learn More

AP 375

Containment Grade Sheet

Learn More

AP 50

Containment Grade Sheet

Learn More

AP 75

Ballistic Glazing - Level 1

Learn More

ArmorPlast® Gen I Series

Learn More

ArmorPlast® Gen II Series

Learn More

ArmorPlast® IGU Series

Learn More

J Series

Ballistic & Forced Entry Grade Sub-framing

Learn More


13/16” Ballistic Glass

Learn More


15/16” Ballistic Glass

Learn More


1-1/8” Ballistic Glass

Learn More


1-3/8” Ballistic Glass

Learn More


1-7/16” Ballistic Glass

Learn More


1-7/8” Ballistic Glass

Learn More
Our Solutions

Riot Glass® retrofit systems consist of custom-made security glass and framing designs that provide maximum protection against forced entry and ballistic threats.

view security solutions

Forced Entry

Virtually unbreakable retrofit solutions

Learn More

Bulletproof Protection

Ideal protection against active threats

Learn More

Hurricane & Windstorm

Great protection against storm damage

Learn More

Energy Efficiency

Sustainable, reliable and affordable Low-E solutions

Learn More

Blast Mitigation

Security window film to a complete retrofit

Learn More

Sound Attenuation

Window glazing ideal for blocking external noise

Learn More
Our Clientele

Riot Glass® can be used to secure any building. Virtually invisible yet nearly indestructible, it blends seamlessly in almost any existing window, door, or

see more

These Are the Benefits of Polycarbonate Glazing

Written By: Brittney PhillipsMarch 10, 2022

Polycarbonate glazing has become a preferred choice of building owners and security experts over the past few years. This is no wonder, considering that polycarbonate offers the perfect balance of strength, functionality, aesthetics, and cost.

Whether you want to protect your building from forced entry, vandalism, rioting and looting, burglary, storm damage, or even active threats, polycarbonate security glazing is an ideal choice that’s suitable for all types of commercial properties.

building protection

5 Benefits of Using Polycarbonate Glazing To Harden Your Building’s Security

  1. Polycarbonate glazing looks and feels like regular glass
  2. Is virtually unbreakable and invisible
  3. Can provide ballistic protection
  4. Does not require glass removal or replacement
  5. Acts as an alternative to emergency board-ups

Polycarbonate glazing looks and feels like regular glass

Polycarbonate is a type of thermoplastic polymer that contains carbonate groups in its chemical structure. So, you might imagine that polycarbonate glazing would obviously look and feel like plastic. 

However, security glazing made from polycarbonate is designed to look and feel as close to the traditional window glass as possible. It doesn’t significantly alter the way your windows and other glass surfaces appear or feel to the touch.

Additionally, polycarbonate security glazing can be given a variety of special coatings, such as abrasion- and UV-resistant coatings, to increase its durability and longevity.

big building with window walls from outside

Is virtually unbreakable and invisible

While other types of security glazing can crack and eventually break after repeated high-force blows, polycarbonate is strong enough to withstand even the most prolonged, determined attacks and forced entry attempts using heavy hand tools.

For example, a would-be intruder can use common burglary tools, like pry bars, bats, and hammers, and repeatedly strike a polycarbonate sheet all they want — it’s not going to break or noticeably diminish in strength.

Since polycarbonate doesn’t noticeably alter the appearance of your glass, it fortifies your property’s vulnerable windows and doors, without making them look fortified. This is ideal when you want to upgrade your building’s security, but not detract from its curb appeal or make it look like a jail using traditional glass protection solutions, such as bars and grates.

glass windows and doors

Can provide ballistic protection

Polycarbonate security glazing is available in a variety of grades. The most basic level of protection is known as containment-grade glazing, which means that it is built to stop forced entry and protect against other impacts, but not rated to resist bullets.

If you require a higher level of protection, there are also various levels of ballistic-grade (bullet-resistant) polycarbonate that you can use to protect against active threat attacks. 

Ballistic polycarbonate is most commonly used in schools, religious facilities, government buildings, correctional/detention centers, and other high-security facilities where active threat threats are a bigger concern.

elements of school safety plans

Does not require glass removal or replacement

One of the best reasons to use polycarbonate glazing to secure your property against security threats is that, in most cases, it can be retrofitted right on top of your existing glass. A retrofit security glazing solution protects your glass doors and windows from shattering, without needing to replace the surrounding framing or the glass itself.

This is ideal for large commercial projects where glass removal and replacement would just be too expensive, time-consuming, and disruptive to consider. Retrofit security glazing installation jobs can even be performed in the evenings and over weekends, so they don’t interrupt your business hours or interfere with business operations.

commercial glass project

Acts as an alternative to emergency board-ups

Whether you are securing your business against civil unrest or a hurricane, boarding up doors and windows with plywood is a traditional emergency solution. While they can be an effective solution, board-ups are also unsightly and inconvenient for many reasons.

Problems with emergency board ups:

  • Need to pre-cut and store a large number of plywood boards
  • Installing boards is time-consuming and labor-intensive
  • Make your business or facility appear closed during business hours
  • Boards can be pried off, burned, and otherwise tampered with
  • Have to take down and store or dispose of plywood after a board up

Polycarbonate glazing avoids all of the above issues by providing 24/7 protection against forced entry, rioting and looting, vandalism, storm damage, and more. In other words, polycarbonate acts as an invisible, permanent board up for your existing windows and doors, and there’s never any need to add plywood on top of the glazing.

open shop

Does Riot Glass LLC Offer Polycarbonate Glazing?

Absolutely! We develop, design, and manufacture the ultimate line of fenestration security products, including our flagship ArmorPlast® AP Series of polycarbonate glazing shields.

These glazing shields are available in containment-grade sheets, which are ideal for forced entry prevention and storm damage mitigation, as well as in a full range of ballistic-grade polycarbonate options, up to a UL 752 level 8 rating of ballistic resistance.

UL 752 bullet resistant materials standards table graphic

A UL 752 level 8 rating signifies that the polycarbonate is capable of withstanding a high-speed, multi-shot attack from an active threat using an AK-47 rifle with .308, 150-grain military rounds.

AP Series polycarbonate security glazing is perfect for:

  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Luxury retail stores and high-end specialty retailers
  • Banks and other financial businesses
  • 24-hour convenience stores and liquor stores
  • Detention centers and correctional facilities
  • Government buildings of all types
  • Police stations
  • Military facilities
  • Churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, and other places of worship
  • Office buildings and corporate offices
  • Luxury residences in hurricane zones
  • Hospitals and psychiatric wards
  • Hospitality businesses

Our AP Series polycarbonate infills are combined with one of our patented or patent-pending security framing systems for the highest level of impact resistance and access denial available on the market.

For example, our new Gen II security framing uses an innovative system of shock gaskets to disperse force from the point of impact out towards the edges of the glazing, thus ensuring that it does not become dislodged from the framing, even after repeated high-force blows.

armor plast gen2

AP Series glazing and the accompanying security framing is 100% retrofittable, meaning the security framing and polycarbonate infill gets securely fitted into or onto your existing framing systems.

Contact us today for more information about our AP Series polycarbonate security glazing or to schedule a free consultation for you and your property.

Related Articles


Contact us

riot glass logo

17941 Brookshire Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(800) 580-2303

Interested in becoming a dealer?
Email us:

crosschevron-up linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram