Share this Post
When considering a design that offers optimal protection for a building, bulletproof glass is just one of many potential components. Depending on the floor plan and type of function the building serves, you’ll need to incorporate things like ballistic doors, communication devices, currency trays, and most importantly bullet resistant framing. Much like the other components of a custom bullet resistant barrier system, framing can be incorporated in multiple ways. If this is your first project including bulletproof glass, it’s best to consult a bulletproof glass expert like Total Security Solutions in the early planning stages of the project to avoid possible delays and scope creep issues.
What Bulletproof Framing System is right for me?
Deciding on what type of framing to use depends on three things: Perceived Threat Level, Level of Protection Required, and Budget. Traditionally, bullet resistant barriers act as a deterrent and are very rarely shot at. The answers to the three considerations above will help determine whether a rated bullet resistant framing system or non-rated frames make the most sense for your situation.
What is a rated bullet resistant frame?
Our rated aluminum frames have been thoroughly tested by the Underwriters Laboratories to certify bullet resistant protection from specific firearms. For instance, our Level 3 frame is rated against all handguns. Total Security Solutions also manufactures a Level 4 and 5 frame, as well. These rated bullet resistant aluminum frames are all proprietary and manufactured in house with the highest of quality control standards. They truly are some of the best available framing systems in the industries.
Common uses for rated bulletproof frames
As a quick rule of thumb, if you’re designing a barrier that requires bulletproof glass that is Level 3 or higher, you’ll need to incorporate a rated framing system into your overall design plans. Typically, when a business requires Level 3 glass or higher, the perceived threat level is high, so it’s important for the entire system to be designed with rated materials.
The facilities that require rated framing systems for optimal security include:
- Government Facilities
- Financial Services Buildings
If your barrier design only requires a Level 1 or 2 glass because of lower threat level at the facility, then it won’t be cost effective for you to include a rated framing system into your plans. Instead, you can use a non-rated frame. For additional protection, that frame can be packed with ballistic fiberglass. While incorporating ballistic fiberglass into the design increases security of the non-rated frame, it isn’t rated as bullet resistant by the Underwriters Laboratories.
- Download our Ultimate Guide to Bulletproof Glass Infographic to learn more about bulletproof glass and bullet resistant barriers
- Check out our Architect Resource Center for specs, videos, and more
- Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on bulletproof glass safety