Written By: Brad Campbell | December 19, 2023
What do forced entry, burglary, smash-and-grab theft, rioting and looting, active threats, bomb blasts, and hurricanes have in common? They’re all security threats that have contributed to the demand for advanced physical security solutions, like security glass.
This specialized type of glass or glass-like glazing is designed to withstand various forms of impact and provide an additional layer of glass protection in high-risk environments.
Understanding who makes security glass requires stepping into the realm of security glazing contractors and manufacturers — a realm that we happen to know all about!
Security glass is not a product that can be casually sourced from any glass supplier. Instead, it requires the expertise of companies that specialize in the production of high-performance glass solutions tailored for security applications.
These companies often work closely with security professionals, architects, and building owners to develop customized solutions that meet specific security requirements.
The security glass installation process requires precision and adherence to strict safety standards to ensure the effectiveness of the security glazing. As such, certified security glazing contractors play a crucial role in the implementation of security glass solutions.
These contractors are responsible for the installation of security glazing systems in diverse settings, ranging from government buildings and financial institutions to retail establishments and schools.
It’s important to note that not all security glazing contractors make security glass, and not all security glass manufacturers install it.
However, many contractors are certified suppliers and installers of certain brands of security glass, and there are some security glazing companies that offer end-to-end service, from design and manufacturing to consulting and installation.
When it comes to manufacturing security glass, expertise in materials and engineering is of the utmost importance.
Manufacturers of security glass employ advanced technologies and innovative materials to create specialized glazing that can withstand ballistic threats, forced entry attempts, and even bomb blasts.
The security glazing manufacturing process often involves laminating multiple layers of glass with interlayers made of materials like polycarbonates, acrylics, and other plastics. This lamination process and the specific formulation of materials enhances the glass’s strength and prevents it from shattering upon impact.
Naturally, one of the most critical considerations in the manufacturing of security glass is the level of protection required for a particular application. Different environments necessitate varying degrees of security, and manufacturers tailor their products accordingly.
This customization can include factors such as the thickness of the glass, the number of layers, and the type of interlayer used, all of which contribute to the overall performance of the security glass.
Security glass finds applications in a wide range of industries, from military and law enforcement to various commercial sectors, especially high-end and specialty retail businesses.
Government and corporate buildings, banks, embassies, and high-risk businesses often invest in security glass solutions to mitigate potential threats.
The versatility of modern security glass allows it to be seamlessly integrated into architectural designs without compromising aesthetics.
Whether it’s a retrofitting project or new construction, the collaboration between manufacturers, contractors, architects, and building owners ensures the successful implementation of innovative security glass systems.
When it comes to security glass manufacturers and contractors, Riot Glass, LLC is a leader dedicated to delivering cutting-edge security glazing solutions.
With a commitment to innovation and quality that has spanned decades, Riot Glass offers a full range of security glass products designed to meet the diverse needs of clients in various industries.
Riot Glass, LLC specializes in manufacturing and installing security glass that provides unparalleled protection against forced entry, ballistic threats, and other security risks.
Our products are crafted with precision in the USA, utilizing advanced formulations of materials and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to ensure optimal performance.
Whether it’s a ballistic or non-ballistic glazing solution, Riot Glass always prioritizes both security and aesthetics, making it the ideal security glazing for all types of commercial architecture.
From manufacturing to installation, Riot Glass, LLC provides soup-to-nuts service for commercial window and door security solutions.
We can reinforce entire glass storefronts and commercial building entryways using a variety of different security glazing and framing systems.
For example, if you want to achieve a virtually unbreakable entryway door, an unbreakable door conversion kit may be just what you’re looking for.
These conversion kits consist of bullet-resistant ArmorPlast® AP75 security glazing infills and Gen II security framing — a combination that’s fully adaptable to your existing entryway framing system, yet provides UL 752 Level 1 ballistic protection and complete access denial for forced entry attempts.
The AP75 infills we recommend for these conversion kits have even passed the rigorous ASTM F3038 forced entry test, which simulates a spontaneous mob attempting to force entry using readily available objects and tools over a prolonged period. This makes the entryway door security glazing adequate for even the most high-security properties, such as government facilities.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to reinforce an all-glass commercial door, Riot Glass also offers the AG Series all-glass security doors.
These secure glass door systems are designed to meet the most stringent requirements of security and design experts alike. They consist of a minimal top and bottom rail which can hold your choice of several different security glazing infills.
Additionally, Riot Glass® all-glass doors are available in different finishes and can accommodate your choice of handles, allowing you to customize them to perfectly match your commercial facility’s entryway or storefront.
Of course, any secure entryway door system should be surrounded by secure commercial windows, too.
We can help you achieve this in various ways, typically by retrofitting security glazing and framing adapters on top of the existing framing, replacing some of the existing glass with security glass, or installing new insulated glass units (IGUs) with security glazing infills.
No matter what your security requirements and goals are, we will work hand-in-hand with you or your chosen local glass contractor to ensure you get the secure commercial doors and windows you need.
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