Proper Bullet Resistant Glass Installation

Bullet resistant windows are a great way to protect people and property from external threats. They can’t provide the highest levels of protection, however, unless they are installed properly according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Bulletproof windows are designed using many of the proven techniques that have been incorporated into the most effective commercial curtain wall and storefront systems used today. The only exception is that they are much thicker and heavier to support the appropriate level of protection required for the frame and the glazing. That being said, most experienced glaziers would be able to easily install a bulletproof system given how similar they are in design.  However, we’ve put together a few important tips that should be taken into special consideration to ensure the smooth and successful installation of the bullet resistant glass to ensure the job is done right for maximum effectiveness.

Tips To Install And Care For Bullet Resistant Windows

When attempting to install bullet resistant windows on your own, it’s important to remember the following:

  • Double-check everything before starting: Make sure you have everything detailed in the instructions before starting and contact the manufacturer if you notice anything missing or have any questions.
  • Don’t use conventional glass cleaners: Many commercial glass cleaners contain chemicals that can damage the surface of ballistic glass. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintenance procedures.
  • Ensure you have the appropriate equipment and manpower on site to install these systems. Since they are much heavier than your common storefront systems, you will require additional support to place the frames and glazing in place during the installation.
  • Do not try to cut glass on-site: Bullet resistant glass is precision-cut at the factory using specialized equipment and techniques. If you find your glass does not fit the frame, do not attempt to cut it down yourself. This can damage the individual layers and ruin the integrity of the glass. Contact the manufacturer if you have any concerns.

Installing bullet resistant glass can help keep your property safe, but only if the work is performed in the correct manner. U.S. Bullet Proofing is a leading manufacturer of ballistic windows and doors, and we have a network of trusted glazing contractors across the country who can provide expert installation. Get in touch with us today to learn more.