Protecting a HERCULITE® Frameless Glass Door

By January 2, 2017Blog

We receive a lot of inquiries about frameless HERCULITE® glass doors, which consist of a single piece of glass, usually made of 1/2 inch thick tempered glass with holes for the hardware and a top and bottom mounting rail.

HERCULITE® is a popular manufacturer of these doors, but there are other brands using a similar type of system. The look is very elegant, dressing up any entrance and providing the most unobstructed view possible. The problem is that this type of door system is easily broken by burglars, leaving your business vulnerable. Security window films do not work to secure a solid glass door like this, because the only support in a frameless door is the glass itself.

Even if the window film is attached at the top and bottom, the sides are unsupported so the whole door will collapse. Surprisingly, security consultants and even some window film companies seem unaware of this, and prescribe window film to protect these storefronts. Sadly, the owner may find out the hard way how ineffective it will be when the worst case scenario actually occurs. Once it has been broken, the entire door and hardware will collapse into a pile of glass gravel and hardware parts on the ground. And the bad guys walk right in. Our Riot Glass panels do not break, so they remain rigid and in place.

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Below is a video taken from surveillance cameras inside a store on Madison Avenue in New York. The video shows thieves breaking into the store on Christmas Eve 2016. Notice how easily the criminals break the glass and enter the store (aside from one of them getting a little surprise as the top mounting rail falls on him). According to news coverage, millions of dollars in furs were stolen. What could have prevented this? You guessed it: Riot Glass!

Riot Glass offers an unbreakable insert that prevents breakage of HERCULITE® glass doors, including the side glass panels that are fixed and often span the remainder of the storefront. Our unbreakable glass door armor meets up to a UL752 Level 1 ballistic rating and is virtually impossible to break, so thieves just stand there smashing on it until they get tired.

In our many years in business, the feedback we get from customers is overwhelmingly positive. There have been numerous attempts by burglars to breach our Riot Glass, only to leave empty-handed. Riot Glass is crystal clear, so the look is the same as regular glass.

​Call Riot Glass today to learn more about protecting your storefront from smash and grab burglary. 800-580-2303​

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