A Contractor’s Introduction to Bullet Resistant Barriers

San Francisco Passport Center

From a contractor’s perspective, a bullet resistant barrier system has four major components: Windows Walls Framing Doors and Passers Bullet Resistant Windows All true ballistic materials have a “UL rating” that indicates how many bullets of what calibers it can be relied on to stop (for example, a “UL-rated Level 3” window will stop at

Bullet Resistant Glass Installation Tips for Contractors

As Total Security Solutions CEO Jim Richards recently explained, “90% of the contractors we work with, they’ve never done it [installed a bullet resistant barrier] before.”  That’s why TSS offers robust support to contractors: so that even your first installation goes as smoothly as if you’ve done it dozens of times. Tip #1: Phone First All

Premium Ballistic Frames Offer Huge Boosts in Sustainability and Multi-Threat Risk Mitigation

Bullet Resistant Frames

TSS’s thermally improved, Kevlar-reinforced bullet resistant exterior aluminum door and window frame system is calculated to optimize R value, given the needs of a bullet resistant materials. It offers bullet resistance up through UL Level 8, and can accommodate a wide variety of acrylic, polycarbonate, and laminated bullet resistant glazings. “It’s an enormous performance boost, in terms of energy, and ballistic—a true ‘best of both worlds’ scenario.”

Glaziers: The Feet on the Streets

California Water District Stockton

Total Security Solutions has installed custom bullet proof barrier systems throughout North America for decades.  Today they are among the fastest-growing private companies in the United States–and they didn’t get there by loading up a truck with bullet resistant glass and driving from town to town. One of the keys to TSS’s success has been

When Put to the Test, Tempered Glass is Best

broken window

What do you see when you: a) step into a glass stall shower in the morning; b) stare out a car windshield on the drive to work; or c) hold onto a glass railing while climbing the office stairs? Most people don’t give the glass in front of them a second thought. However, when shattered, standard

Bullet Resistant Panels Can Protect Against Tornados and Hurricanes

school bus that was damaged in a tornado

For a school facility manager, safety is a primary concern. Maintaining a safe school ranges from day-to-day details–taking care of slippery floors, damaged fire-exit crash bars, loose handrails–to planning for disasters. Although disasters come in many forms–from active shooters to extreme weather–some similar strategies can be employed to increase school safety across the board. Many

Nature Could Hold the Key to the Future of Bulletproof Glass

Windowpane Oyster

Bulletproof glass found its origin in an accidental discovery, but some scientists believe we must look no further than nature to unlock the next stage in high-tech, bulletproof glass. Bullet Resistance in Nature Researchers at MIT have been analyzing the windowpane oyster whose shell is 99% ceramic and 80% transparent. They have observed its ability

Polycarbonate: A Versatile Material

When we talk polycarbonate, we typically mean bullet-resistant polycarbonate which has a variety of virtues including: a) UL protection levels 1-3; b) Standard abrasion resistant coating for durability; and c) Excellent resistance to forced entry. In fact, a sheet of polycarbonate can withstand an hour of beating with a sledgehammer before it breaks. However, polycarbonate has many other uses

The Evolution of Architectural Glass

Clear, tinted, bulletproof, solar, energy efficient – the list goes on. Glass is a staple in both residential and commercial architecture. Not long ago, however, only the wealthy could afford even the most basic glass pane windows. Window Glass Through the Ages Window glass dates back to the Roman era. Windows of this time were

Bullet Proofing Basics for Architects

Bullet proof glass basics

Over the course of decades spent designing, engineering, fabricating, and installing bullet resistant barrier systems, Total Security Solutions CEO Jim Richards has found that there are three aspects of bullet proof design that often trip up architects: Differentiating Among the Levels of Ballistic Protection Understanding Material Constraints Estimating Costs Bullet Resistance Ratings Explained Underwriter’s Laboratory