Security Glass Window
Security Glass is a specific description of a material which is both transparent and has qualities or characteristics which make it very resistant to impacts. Much has been written about this in other parts of this website but right now it is important to make the distinction between Security Glass Windows and how the words are used.
The first thing to understand is that Security Glass is a typically used in places where there are valuables which may be the target of thieves. Public locations like banks, jewelry stores, high-end store, retailers who carry expensive items, or almost anyplace where there is a significant amount of cash, all of these types of places may use security glass windows. But there is a very important point to be made here, in 99% of the cases mentioned above, the security glass window is a fixed element, meaning it is not operating.
Retail Security Glass windows or similar security glass applications are almost always fixed non- operable slabs of some polymer or polycarbonate or acrylic. They are heavy, they are strong, they are almost impossible to breakthrough and as a result they are also directly built into the environments where they are providing safety and security.
Much like a transparent wall, it is not part of the building which is moving. By contrast windows in a home are designed to be able to open and close for the purpose of letting air in and out.
Windows which open and close are called “operable” and this is a big distinction from non-operable security glass windows. Operable Security Glass Windows need to be able to do all the things that stationary security glass windows do as well as be easy to open and close. this isn’t a small requirement, particularly when one considers that security glass is a very heavy product.
Operable Security Glass windows are a robust combination of heavy duty laminated glass placed in a robust sash which is attached to a hardened frame via strong hardware and is integrated into the building envelope.
That’s a lot of engineering and design considerations to bundle into one product.
True Security Glass windows which operate are actually quite a rare item. Swiss Shade and Security has been at the leading edge of the industry regarding High Security Operable windows and doors, we look forward to assisting you with your high security needs.