Window Security Film Compared To Bulletproof Glass

When finances tighten up and budgets start to get cut, it’s only natural to start looking at ways to save money. If you’re trying to decide if window security film is an inexpensive way to properly secure your building, you should ask yourself: are we protecting people, or property? If you’re only protecting property, then window film might be an option. But if you’re protecting people, you’ll want bulletproof glass.

Security window film and bulletproof glass have very different uses. While security window film is much less expensive than bulletproof glass, it does not provide meaningful ballistic protection, as is demonstrated in this video:

What is Security Window Film?

Essentially, window security film is a layer of plastic that adheres to your already existing windows to allow for enhanced security. The allure here is that instead of needing to completely replace your windows and frames, you can just apply the film and receive the same amount of security. This isn’t that case though. According to the International Window Film Association, window film “provides specific personal and property protection from the effects of the sun as well as added safety and security in the events that result in broken glass.”

What it doesn’t offer is bullet resistance. The film may slow the bullet down and contain the glass shards that result from the bullet’s impact, but the bullet will still most likely pass through, resulting in a potential injury to the person behind the glass. Also, if you only apply a layer of security film to your windows, your building is still vulnerable because you’re using original windows with stock frames. If the non-bullet resistant window frame gets hit with the bullet, your entire framework and structure will be compromised.

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Safe Uses for Security Film

If you’re not sure whether you need a full-fledged bulletproof glass system or security film, consider the following acceptable uses for security film:

  • Residential homes looking to keep burglars out

  • Residence or Business looking to reduce interior exposure to UV rays

  • Shatter-resistant protection for areas prone to bombings, or natural disasters

  • Areas prone to glass graffiti and vandalism

If you have a building that needs ballistic protection (banks, schools, municipal complexes) or one where currency is exchanged for goods (gas station, check cashing, pharmacy), then you’ll want to work with an experienced bulletproof glass professional. Doing so will help you stay on budget and avoid unexpected costs during the installation phase of your project.

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