The price of bulletproof glass depends on many factors, such as the type of glass and level of protection. Because there are so many factors impacting the price of commercial bulletproof glass it’s impossible to quote a specific price in an article like this. Therefore, we can share that the price range of UL levels 1 through 3 is approximately $45 to $60 per square foot.
Factors That Affect the Price of Bulletproof Glass
Bulletproof glass costs are not quite as simple as just the cost per square foot. Some of the other factors that go into the overall project cost include the type of glass, level of protection, finishing elements, and other services.
Type of Bulletproof Glass
Complex types of bulletproof glass, like glass-clad polycarbonate, are more expensive than less complex construction, like monolithic acrylic. It is important to note that the cost of the glass does not mean “better” than the other. The cost simply reflects the additional cost of materials and construction time.
Level of Protection
Bullet-resistant glass with higher levels of protection require more material to successfully stop rifle fire. For example, Level 1 laminated polycarbonate is ¾” thick and has five layers. Level 8 GCP is 2 ½” thick and has 11 layers. Many of these individual materials require complex fabrication to increase strength and durability. Again, this difference in material cost is reflected in the overall cost.
Finishing Elements and Framing
Bullet-resistant glass often requires special framing to support the unit’s weight. When glass edges are not covered by a frame, we add a special beveling and polish to elevate the aesthetics. The cost of these finishing elements varies by project and design style. The goal is to create a ballistic barrier that blends seamlessly with your existing architecture and aesthetics, so the finishing details are based on your unique situation.
While not directly connected to the ballistic glass fabrication, shipping and installation services contribute to overall project cost. Handing ballistic glass is very different from working with common float glass, requiring specialized knowledge and techniques. This makes hiring the Bullet Guard team (or a glazier who specializes in bulletproof glass) a good choice for your project. We always provide customers with quotes for these line items so they can budget appropriately.
Bullet Guard Brings Over 45 Years of Expertise to Your Project
When you choose Bullet Guard as your bulletproof glass supplier, you’re not only getting a top-of-the-line ballistic barrier product, you’re getting over 45 years of experience, expertise, and insight. We know how to make the process simple and take every measure to make sure you get exactly what you need to keep your facility safe. This includes having straightforward conversations about threat level and level of protection needed; we know that ballistic barrier products are an investment, which is why we’re committed to selling you only the products you need, and never the products you don’t so you can make the most of your budget.
Get Started with Bullet Guard
If you’re trying to budget for a bulletproof glass project, the best way to get accurate numbers is to speak with one of our experts. Our team is ready to speak with you about your goals and how we can help. Whether you’re an end-user looking to fortify a facility or a contractor in search of a supplier, get started by giving us a call at 866.941.9552 or fill out our contact form to send us a message. We look forward to speaking with you!