Written By: Brad Campbell | April 7, 2020
ArmorPlast is the best way to protect your home, commercial facility, or business against forced entry, burglary, vandalism, active threats, and more. But, how do you know which level of ArmorPlast shield is right for you? Keep reading to find out the first steps you need to take to help you choose and learn more about the specific ArmorPlast products available, so you can be sure you’re making the right decision for your security.
If you’ve decided that ArmorPlast is the right security upgrade for your windows and doors, the first step is to schedule a threat assessment. During the threat assessment, an ArmorPlast security consultant will conduct an on-site evaluation to inspect your property, analyze any existing security measures you have in place, and identify the most vulnerable points. The consultant will then make recommendations about ArmorPlast products and any other security solutions to consider for your specific case.
During their assessment, the ArmorPlast security specialist will talk to you to discuss your unique concerns and answer any questions you have about ArmorPlast. An on-site threat assessment is absolutely necessary when deciding which ArmorPlast level is right for your security needs. Even if you have an idea of where you need to install it and what protection levels would be good for you, a consultant will be able to notice and point out things that you might not have considered.
ArmorPlast polycarbonate and acrylic panels currently come in seven levels. These levels have a protection rating from containment-grade to various ballistic-grades. This allows you to choose the absolute best option to secure your home, commercial facility, or business, as well as find something that fits your budget. Let’s take a look at what exactly those seven different levels mean.
This is a non-ballistic, containment-grade shield consisting of a single-layer 1/4-inch thick AR-2 sheet. ArmorPlast 25 does allow bullet penetration, but will not lose its strength or shatter, even after being riddled by multiple bullets. It remains a barrier to entry and prevents would-be intruders from dislodging the existing glass or reaching through it. This level of protection is ideal for preventing retail smash-and-grab theft, burglary, and looting due to civil unrest.
The next level up of containment-grade shield, ArmorPlast 375, is a two-ply laminate sheet composed of two 3/16-inch AR-1 sheets with an interlayer bond. It has a total thickness of 3/8 of an inch. ArmorPlast 375 provides an ideal level of protection against forced entry for schools, religious facilities, high-end retail stores, corporate C-suite entrances, and storefront door systems.
Ratings: Satisfies the ASTMF1915 requirements for a 30-minute attack.
This is the highest level of containment-grade sheet offered by ArmorPlast. It is a 1/2-inch thick, three-ply laminate sheet composed of 2 1/8-inch AR-1 sheets, a 1/4-inch polycarbonate sheet, and two interlayer bonds. This shield was specifically designed for schools, religious facilities, jails, detention centers, psychiatric hospitals, convenience stores, reception areas, and check cashing centers.
Ratings: meets the ASTM F 1233-08 Class 1.4 requirements for contraband passage and Class 2.8 for body passage, as well as HP White TP 0500 Level A and ASTM F1233-08 Level HG1 for .38 Special ballistic attacks.
ArmorPlast 75 is the entry-level ballistic-grade sheet. It is a 3/4-inch thick, three-ply laminate sheet consisting of two 1/8-inch AR-1 sheets, a 1/2-inch acrylic sheet, and two interlayer bonds. ArmorPlast 75 can be used to effectively secure vulnerable entry points on schools, government facilities, religious centers, detention facilities, banks, 24-hour convenience stores, cash transaction windows, and high-end retail stores.
Ratings: meets the UL 752 Level 1 rating for a 9mm ballistic attack.
This is a 1-inch thick, four-ply ballistic-grade sheet. It is composed of two 1/8-inch AR-1 sheets, two 3/8-inch polycarbonate sheets, and three interlayer bonds. ArmorPlast 100 was designed to secure schools, government buildings, religious facilities, detention centers, and banks against ballistic attacks. It can also be used as glazing for heavy equipment.
Ratings: meets the UL 752 Level 2 rating for a .357 Magnum ballistic attack and HP White TP 0500 Level lV.
ArmorPlast 125 is getting close to the top level of ballistic protection offered by ArmorPlast. It is a 1.25-inch thick, four-ply sheet consisting of two 1/8-inch AR-1 sheets, two 1/2-inch polycarbonate sheets, and three interlayer bonds. It is designed for all types of glass doors, windows, and other specific areas that require very high levels of protection.
Ratings: meets the UL 752 Level 3 rating for a .44 Magnum ballistic attack, as well as the HP White TP 0500 Level lV and ASTM F 1233 Class 5 requirements.
This is the top level of ballistic-grade shield currently offered by ArmorPlast. It is a 1.25-inch thick, four-ply sheet consisting of two 1/8-inch AR-1 sheets, a 1/2-inch attack-side acrylic sheet, a 1/2-inch polycarbonate sheet, and three interlayer bonds. ArmorPlast 125MS is rated to withstand rapid-fire ballistic attacks from firearms like the Uzi 9mm.
Ratings: meets the UL 752 Level 6 rating for a high-speed multi-shot 9mm ballistic attack.
Features All ArmorPlast Shields Have in Common:
Once you’ve undergone a threat assessment and chosen the right ArmorPlast level for your security needs, the final step is installation. ArmorPlast products can be retrofitted onto most existing window frames or installed along with our own security frames. In order to minimize disruption to our commercial clients, we offer nighttime and weekend installation services. For our residential clients, we are committed to getting the job done in as little time as possible. Contact us today to learn more or schedule a threat assessment and get started!