Secure Office Windows

The exterior windows of Joe's office and laboratory protect him from bullets, explosive blasts and forced-entry threats

The exterior windows of Joe's office and laboratory protect him from bullets, explosive blasts and forced-entry threats. They are made of 2-inch-thick laminated ballistic glass tinted to a blue-green hue for protection from the sun and from prying eyes.

This highest level of protective glass allows 60 percent sunlight exposure and weighs 28 pounds per square foot.

Inside, the glass surrounding the conference room is covered with a protective film that can withstand an attack from weapons such as a baseball bat, a chair or other heavy objects. While a would-be intruder might muster enough force to shatter the window, it will require repeated blows to break through the film. Companies like 3M, ShatterGard, ACE/Security Laminates, V-Kool and Glass Security offer security film products. Others, including Pacific BulletProof and Pinnacle Armor, provide bulletproof doors and glass.

-Stacy Collett

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