Bullet-resistant glass windows are used to provide protection from ballistic projectiles. They are manufactured from a variety of different grades specifically geared to withstand projectiles of different velocities.
The type of material, thickness, and weight of the glass will depend on its intended use. Levels 1-3 are used for lighter, small arms weapons up to a .44 magnum, while Levels 4-8 protect against projectiles from higher velocity rifles up to 7.62mm. The higher the glass rating, the higher the impact it can withstand. Special thermal resistance, UV protection, and optical qualities can also be added to meet particular application needs. Whether you need bulletproof windows for a government facility or ballistic glass for partitions in a financial institution, Bullet Guard Corporation has the options for your needs.
Bullet Guard Transaction Windows
As quick ship products, our bullet-resistant transaction windows are available in two standard sizes – 24” by 36” and 30” by 36”. Adhering to UL-752 standards, we manufacture windows suitable for bulletproofing applications in financial institutions, check cashing counters, pharmacies, and fast food services counters. Our standard transaction windows are available with U-channels, stainless steel recessed deal trays, and plastic laminate or stainless steel countertops.
The U-channels of our transaction windows are available in 1”, 1 3/8”, 1 1/4”, and 3 1/4” thicknesses for accommodating glazing materials such as polycarbonate, glass-clad polycarbonate, acrylic, or laminated glass. For enabling natural sound transmission without the use of amplified intercoms, our transaction windows feature rectangular, circular, arched, horizontal, or vertical voice ports. We also specialize in manufacturing transaction windows with voice surround options.
The bullet-resistant sliding windows are suitable for installation in high-traffic areas including law, government, or medical facilities. Our sliding windows are available in UL levels 1 through 3 materials. Custom transaction windows in sizes of up to 8’ by 5’ with different types of aluminum, slip steel, or telescoping steel frame systems can also be manufactured at our facility. Our pre-assembled bullet-resistant transaction windows are easy to install and maintain.
Bullet-Resistant Design Considerations
When choosing the right material and level for your bullet-resistant glass product, it is important to consider the following:
- Type of Glass: Each material used for bullet-resistant glass offers unique benefits, from extreme protection for high-velocity rounds to optical clarity for security checkpoints. Be sure to tailor the material to your specific operational needs.
- Level of Protection: Your material, layering, and thickness will affect the protection level and shatter resistance of the ballistic glass. Take the time to research the velocity and force of potential ballistic projectiles for your particular situation.
- Interior vs. Exterior: Consider the location of your ballistic glass from a strategic perspective. Will you be installing bulletproof glass in an area facing a dark, deserted, or otherwise vulnerable outdoor area? Or will you be installing ballistic glass in a well-lit indoor room within a secure facility? In addition to determining the potential threat level, you should consider whether your bullet-resistant glass will be regularly exposed to sunlight, extreme temperatures, or other environmental factors that can affect the clarity and physical integrity of the material. You may need to consider insulation for exterior windows to ensure optimal performance.
- UV Protection: If your ballistic glass is regularly exposed to UV radiation from outdoor sunlight exposure or indoor sanitation procedures, choose a UV-resistant material. When exposed to UV rays, some plastic materials will lose clarity and become brittle.
- Installation and Maintenance: In addition to functionality, it is important to consider the installation process and required maintenance for your ballistic glass. Some materials are more difficult to install and may require more hands-on attention than others. Consider the location and accessibility of your bulletproof glass to ensure you are not choosing a material that is too high-maintenance or labor intensive for your operation.
- Cost-Benefit Analysis: Finally, take the time to analyze the full cost of your ballistic glass installation and maintenance when compared with other products. A higher quality bulletproof glass may cost more initially but could save you money in installation, maintenance, repairs, and replacements in the long run.
Industries & Applications for Bullet-Resistant Glass
Bulletproof glass is used in an extensive range of industries and applications. Due to its clarity and high level of ballistic protection, ballistic glass is valuable for any operation where safety is critical. Some of the most common uses for it include:
- Stadiums and Arenas: The large crowds and high volume of money exchange make stadiums, arenas, and other public venues high-risk areas. To reduce risk, these facilities often use bulletproof glass to protect box office employees.
- Hotels and Motels: Hotels, motels, and other hospitality operations often operate in areas open to the public. Coupled with frequent cash exchange transactions, this puts hotel workers at high risk. For this reason, many hospitality facilities provide bulletproof partitions and enclosures for their front desk staff.
- Banks and Credit Unions: Financial institutions typically feature large lobbies, high traffic, and frequent cash exchange that make them a prime target for robberies. Even with dedicated security staff, banks and credit unions are often constructed with bulletproof windows, partitions, and enclosures to ensure worker safety.
- Convenience Stores: Similar to stadiums and hospitality facilities, convenience stores experience high levels of traffic at all hours. Bulletproof glass and partitions help to protect employees from potential gun violence and robberies.
- Schools and Universities: Although we like to consider schools a safe place for students and faculty alike, increased violence at schools and universities has prompted many districts to enact protective measures, including bulletproof windows and security enclosures for student, teacher, and visitor screening.
Police Stations: While police stations are often portrayed in film and television with bulletproof windows, the reality is that they have only recently begun to install bulletproof interior and exterior windows to protect staff and officers alike.