Why We Say Bulllet-Resistant Not Bullet-Proof

Is Bullet-Proof Glass A Real Thing?

When you shoot glass it breaks right? Well, no, it is not that simple. In this day and age, there are ways to keep glass from breaking. One way is to buy “glass” out of different materials like acrylic. But what if you already have glass installed and don’t want the massive expense of replacing it all. Well then, another way to keep glass from breaking when it encounters high impact force and severe stress environments is, by adding film layer on top of the glass, effectively making it bullet-resistant. We use the word bullet-resistant because there really is no such thing as bullet-proof glass- With enough time and concentrated effort or a big enough caliber bullet, glass will give way eventually. The picture below is a test we did firing 5 bullets into a window we treated with C-bond security film.


Bullet Resistant Window Film Test - 1 Scottish Window Tinting


As you can see the window broke and shattered but the glass stayed intact. This means no flying glass debris in the case of sudden impact.

At Window Film Austin, we get a lot of questions about the efficacy of bullet resistant glass, below are two common questions in regards to security windows and our typical answers to these questions:

How Does Bullet-Resistant Glass Work?

The best explanation of how C-bond works come directly from their mouths. According to their site:

“The unique qualities of C-Bond enable ordinary glass to dissipate energy by penetrating beneath the molecular surface and reconfiguring a hybrid spider web framework within the microscopic fibers of the glass structure.”

In layman’s terms, C-bond basically changes the glass on a molecular level to making it strong and keeping it from shattering.

What Else Does Bullet-Resistant Glass It protect from?

As you obviously know bullet-resistant glass protects from bullets. However, it also is a protective barrier from:

-Bomb blasts
-Hammer blows
-Flying debris
-Hurricane force winds

Austin’s Security Glass Expert

We, at Window Film Austin, know how important it is to keep your buildings, home and especially family safe from harm. We are committed to excellence in our application of C-bond treated glass, not just for our reputation’s sake–but because we know how precious the things are to you behind the glass you want to reinforce. The threats in this world are very real, but you don’t have to be at their mercy. Contact us today for a free consultation and get started protecting the things and people you love today!

Mike Kinsey is a window film expert. For the past 10 years, he has been working as the Operations Manager at Window Film Austin and overseeing commercial and residential window film installs of all types throughout the Austin area and the state of Texas. His extensive background in construction and project management gives him an in-depth understanding of architecture and the structural composition of buildings. Over the years, he and his team have installed over 250,000 square feet of window film ranging from robust security films to progressive energy efficient and decorative options. Mike engages in professional development courses and seminars on a regular basis, allowing him to stay up to date on industry trends and innovations. He is one of the top experts in his field and is certified by 3M, EnerLogic, and AIA for continuing education.

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