When finances tighten up and budgets start to get cut, it’s only natural to start looking at ways to find ways to save money. There are times when this is appropriate like bringing lunch from home or carpooling, but other times when cutting the budget could potentially have negative consequences. One of these instances relates to the security of a building that can benefit from bulletproof glass or a bullet resistant barrier system.
When it comes to the safety of the people who use your buildings on a daily basis, there are some fiscal compromises that you can make and some that should steer clear from. For ways to safely stretch your budget in terms of what you’ll need to secure your building, Total Security Solutions recommends speaking with a professional bulletproof glass expert. They will be able to help you assess your security needs and recommend a barrier system that fits your needs.
One thing that any credible bulletproof glass expert will tell you to steer clear from at all costs is security film. If you have a building that could possibly be compromised by an armed assailant, one of the last things you’ll want protecting you is security film.
What is Security Film?
Essentially, 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. Since security film is not UL rated and doesn’t protect from a gun attack, Total Security Solutions does not recommend its use and refuses to sell them to their customers.
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 is prone to an armed attack (banks, schools, municipal complexes for example) or one where currency is exchanged for goods (gas station, check cashing, pharmacy for example), then you’ll want to avoid security film completely and 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.