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Laminated (safety) Glass for windows-- two questions

Discussion in 'Security Alarms' started by Andrew, Jan 8, 2006.

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  1. Andrew

    Andrew Guest

    I live in a neighborhood that is not that safe. I currently have bars
    on all of my first floor windows and feel safe with them. However, I
    am getting my windows replaced and would rather not have the bars for
    athsteic reasons.

    I am thinking about getting a security system and laminated glass in
    the windows. I have two questions for the group about laminated glass.

    1) Does it really help with security?
    2) Will it make the room darker than normal glass?


  2. Guest

    Laminated glass, used to meet missle impact loads in high wind areas,
    should be safer in that way.
    You will need to consider locks.
    Laminated glass will pass less visible light, but not enough to matter,
    in my opinion.
  3. Laminated glass is an excellent choice to bars as it will slow down an
    intrsion attempt but also allow fire fighters t rescue you god forbid theres
    a fire many people have died in homes were the windows were barred and fire
    dept could not make rapid entry..
    It will not make the room darker using laminated glasmost laminates can be
    applied clearly.
  4. Guest

    I had a plastic film applied by a security firm. It does not change the
    window appearance but makes intrusion very difficult.

    The only problem I found was that because there was no apparent
    security several windows got broken.

    If it is a bad area I would stick with the bars. There are security
    screens that are fairly decorative.
  5. R.H.Campbell

    R.H.Campbell Guest

    Some years ago, I looked into this option of security film. It's a good one
    for the correct commercial application, when you have lots of area to cover
    and don't want the store to look like a jail !! However, the downside is,
    it's quite expensive, and is only as secure as it's attachment to the frame
    holding the glass. The other thing is, if it's not immediately obvious to
    the thief that it is present, they may try to break the glass, and even if
    they don't get in, the owner will then have to replace BOTH the glass and
    the expensive security film for the new window...

    Bars were for many years my speciality, and I still do lots of bar work.
    However, you have to be very careful where you put them. Basement windows
    are an obvious spot, but NOT a good idea if that window is in an area where
    someone could be sleeping in a basement bedroom. At the very least, all bars
    should be inside mounted and should be openable by a common key, and that
    key should be visibly posted near the window but out of reach of it. I used
    to make up a visible decal, with the key pinned to the middle of the decal.
    But bottom line, that key can still get lost or misplaced !!

    Some of the companies making bars now do some very nice, decorative work !!


    I choose Polesoft Lockspam to fight spam, and you?
  6. Norm Mugford

    Norm Mugford Guest

    Classic line Mr. Campbell:

    "Bars were for many years my specialty, and I still do lots of bar work".

    Hic.... :^)

    Coors Lite Please....

    Norm Mugford
  7. Doug L

    Doug L Guest

    Coors lite, what are going to with that, wash the car?

    Doug L

  8. R.H.Campbell

    R.H.Campbell Guest

    HAHAHAHA....beautiful !! Never thought about how that would come across.....

    I'm afraid at 62, my "bar hopping" days are long gone....don't have the
    physical reserves for that anymore.

    Coors Lite ?? that may get you in trouble !! I drink Canadian
    beer...REAL beer...not some spring water fed beaver p*ss.....


    I choose Polesoft Lockspam to fight spam, and you?
  9. Frank Olson

    Frank Olson Guest

    What kind of missiles?? Are we talking Standard HARM, Sidewinders,
    Durandals, or your run-of-the-mill rocket propelled grenade??? That
    must be some glass!!! ;-)
  10. Frank Olson

    Frank Olson Guest

    The only REAL beer comes from Belgium. The "Stella Artois" gift pack
    should have come with a set of wireless headphones instead of the fancy
    glasses. :)
  11. Norm Mugford

    Norm Mugford Guest

    Great Canadian Beer....Labatts, Dow, Molson's...real beer in quarts
    no less......I used to walk between Labatt's brewery and Seagrams Distillery
    in Ville LaSalle (outside of Montreal) everyday on my way to school.

    Now my days of drinking are slowing down too (58). I'm just
    hangin on as long as I can with Coors Lite.

    I miss the old bar rooms we used to frequent years ago....
    after our high school classes.....

    Norm Mugford

    I choose Polesoft Lockspam to fight spam, and you?
  12. New homes in Florida have to meet strict "hurricane proof"
    requirements. Builders of high end homes are staring to use a
    new type of glass that can withstand the impact of (something
    like) an 8 foot long piece of 2x4 shot from an air cannon. I
    forget the exact speed but it'd kill a moose if it hit it. The
    glass doesn't even break.

    I had someone demo replacement windows for my previous home last
    year. The sales drone suggested I try to break it. He held it
    against the wall and suggested I try punching it. Instead I gave
    it a decent snap kick. It didn't even scratch the glass. Next
    he placed sample on the floor so that the glass was supported
    about 2" up. I weigh 210 and I couldn't break the window by
    jumping up and down on it.

    The down side was the cost. They wanted nearly $1K per installed
    window. We ended up moving to a larger home instead of
    upgrading. Now I'll have to replace twice as many windows plus
    over 100 feet of sliding glass walls that surround the new lanai.

    You might be able to buy just the glass and install it in your
    existing door. That shouldn't cost too much.


    Robert L Bass

    Bass Burglar Alarms
    The Online DIY Store
  13. Frank Olson

    Frank Olson Guest

    Uh-huh... And what's the excuse for not changing your "contact
    information"?? I'll bet Margaret Combs is "thrilled" about have to call
    or email you to pick up your mail... You *do* answer calls these days,
    don't you?? :)
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