Superior Security Against a Variety of Threats
Protect your home, business, or facility against ballistic threats.
Our bullet resistant fiberglass panels provide exceptional security against bullets, blast fragments, fire, forced entry attacks, and flying debris.
The panels are specially designed to be the safest, most cost-effective and affordable bullet resistant material available. They are manufactured from the highest quality materials by the most skilled of craftsmen. We guarantee that they will maintain both their quality and consistency.
Discrete Bullet Resistant Protection for All Applications
Our Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panels are used to construct walls, floors, ceilings and even furniture.
Typically, the panels are camouflaged beneath walls, counters, desks, millwork, or drywall. This makes our panels the most discrete ballistic protection solution available.
Our Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panels are offered in three different levels of protection. Each level has been thoroughly tested to ensure that it meets all criteria for the Underwriters Laboratories 752 Standard for Bullet-Resisting Materials.
Fortress One Offers a Full Range of Security Services
Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panels are just one component of a complete high-security protection package.
Threats can come from anywhere, at any time, and can cause serious damage or even worse before you even know they’re there. Whether you have a clear-cut application, or you need a custom solution, our services can help you quickly address and remedy your security challenges.
Fortress One puts ballistic security in your hands with solutions that are suitable for any organization and location. Our mission is to deliver a bullet resistant security solution that meets your requirements, looks great and is discrete.
What is a Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panel?
Ballistic Walls, also known as Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panels, delivers unparallel security against ballistic threats. They have been specially designed to be the safest, most cost-effective, and efficient bullet resistant material available. Our Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panels are the preferred choice when planning or constructing defensive architecture such as bulletproof walls.
Through a unique manufacturing process that combines woven fiberglass with a thermoset polyester resin that is then cured in a press with heat and pressure and finally compressed into flat sheets. We fully stand by our Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panels and we guarantee that they will maintain both their quality and consistency.
Our bullet resistant fiberglass panels are offered in 3 different thicknesses to meet three different levels of protection according to the UL 752 standards: Level 3, Level 7 and Level 8. Each level has been extensively tested to meet or exceed Underwriter Laboratories specifications providing you with a proven and certified solution for any ballistic protection requirement. Typically, the panels are installed behind drywall, millwork, countertops, etc. as a subtle bullet resistant barrier.
The lightweight design and the fact that our panels can be easily installed with any standard power tools make our panels the perfect bullet resistant material solution for both new constructions as well as renovation projects. Some of the most common applications for the bullet resistant fiberglass panels are:
- Commercial Facilities
- Financial Intuitions
- Government Offices
- Health Care Facilities and Hospitals
- Residential Homes and Complexes
- Safe Rooms
- And Much More
Why have a Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panel?
As mentioned earlier our bullet resistant fiberglass panels combine woven fiberglass with a polyester resin and are then cured in a press with heat and pressure. These panels are designed to defeat ballistic projectiles and blast fragments through a process of energy absorption that involves both delamination and dissipation. This patented process stops projectiles while preventing additional ricocheting or spilling onto the back side of the panel.
This design makes our panels the safest, most inexpensive, and easiest to work with bullet resistant material available on the market. They’ve been rigorously tested against a wide variety of ballistic, fire, and forced entry threats. Every panel is fabricated using only the most reliable high-quality materials, skilled craftsmanship and the most advanced production process utilized in defensive architecture. Constant product testing ensures that our panels meet the criteria of ballistic, fire, and forced entry resistance.
Special Benefits of our Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panels:
- Much lighter when compared to Steel
- Non-Toxic Materials
- Easy to Install with Standard Tools
- Low Moisture Wicking – Zero Mold Build Up
- 1 Hour Fire Rating (ASTM E119-98 )
- Superior Protection against Forced Entry – Class IV Protection Rating (ASTM F1233-98 )
- Offers various bullet resistant levels to meet your specific protection needs:
- Level 3 (used for protection against Handguns of superpower, such as the .44 Magnum)
- Level 7 (used for protection against multiple shots from an assault rifle such as the M16)
- Level 8 (used for protection against multiple shots from a military assault rifle such as an AK-47)
|Level / UL Rating||Nominal Thickness||Weight lbs/sq.ft||Ammunition||Forced Entry Test||One Hour Fire Rating|
|3||7/16″||4.8 psf||.44 High caliber handgun||Yes||Yes|
|7||1-1/8″||11.7 psf||5.56 (22 cal) rifle FMJ||Yes||Yes|
|8||1-7/16″||15.2 psf||7.62 (30 cal) rifle FMJ||Yes||Yes|
Applications of Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panels
Across the world, Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panels are quickly becoming the solid foundation of defensive architecture. From lobbies and courtrooms to gun ranges and supervised injection sites, our panels have been proven to exhibit excellent security against blast fragments, bullets, and other various ballistic threats.
If you’re looking to build bulletproof walls in your construction project you start by simply framing a standard stud wall. You then mount your bullet resistant fiberglass panels onto the studs, making sure to double-over all seams with additional strips of fiberglass. Finally, you cover the fiberglass wall panels with your choice of either drywall or panelling. Your wall can then be finished just like any ordinary wall: painted, wallpapered, decorated with framed landscapes or etc. Your wall can now stop bullets just as well as any high-security bunker, but to anyone passing by it is aesthetically identical to an ordinary wall.
Fiberglass panels are the best choice when constructing or a bullet-resistant wall with either drywall, millwork, or woodworking. They can be used in construction like plywood and they come in various sized sheets ranging from 3’ x 8’ up to 5’ x 10’ and they’re even custom sized sheets available on request. Typically, the sheets are screwed directly into wall studs and then they’re finished with a covering of drywall. Because of this, you’re able to turn any ordinary household room into a discrete high-security safe room without sacrificing the aesthetic value of your home.
The panels may also be used to add ballistic protection to existing floors and ceilings. When combined with our ballistic door and window product it’s possible to build a secure panic room that is still a comfortable living and working space. When covered with melamine or other veneers, ballistic panels can be used to make counters, cabinets, service window desks, or furniture.
In new builds the fiberglass panels are applied to the studs before the drywall, however, in renovation projects, you will need to create an overall plan and then adjust accordingly once the existing drywall has been removed. Your design plan must consider the wall fixtures such as light switches, electrical outlets, and wall mounted lighting. These areas will need to go through the fiberglass panel to the interior of the frame for wiring.
- Banks & Offices
- Convenience Stores
- Data Facilities
- Drive-Thru Doors & Walls
- Entry & Interior Doors
- Gun Ranges
- Health Clinics
- Jewelry Stores
- Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
- Pawn Shops
- Prisoner Transport
- Public Safety Facilities
- Residential Safe Rooms
- Safe Injection Sites and Needle Exchanges
- School Offices
- Storage Rooms
- Veterans Facilities
Security Tests and Certificates
We always aim to exceed industry standards with our attention to detail and rigorous testing against a variety of threats. Our Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panels are subjected to the strictest industry testing available. The panels have been tested at the Underwriters Laboratory under the UL752 standard, which is accepted throughout the world as the standard for bullet resistant building materials. Offered in three different thicknesses to meet your specific security needs and each has been awarded the UL 752 Level 3, Level 7 and Level 8 bullet resistant standards.
Additionally, we have tested the panels at the National Institute of Justice under their NIJ 0108.01 ballistic standards. The NIJ has awarded our bullet resistant fiberglass panels a rating of Level 3 and Level 3A respectively. Each level of our panels has been awarded a One Hour Fire Rating as per ASTM E119-98 – Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials and a Class 4 Forced Entry Protection Rating as per ASTM F1233-98.
The Level 3 Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panel (measures 1/2” thick and weighs 5.0 lbs. per sq. ft.) at 4’ x 4’ was sent over to the Wind Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University for testing to see how well it could resist an airborne hazard like that of an F5 strength tornado. The results indicated that the bullet resistant fiberglass panels were suitable for safe room construction, provided that the overall structural system that supports the panels is satisfactory.
Performance Level 7:
- UL752 Standard for Bullet Resisting Equipment – Level 7 Paragraph 4.9
- One Hour Fire Rating Per ASTM E119-98
- Class IV Forced Entry Protection Rating Per ASTM F1233-98
- Sound Insulation Rating Per ASTM E413-87
Performance Level 8:
ArmorCore Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panels vs Other Materials
When compared to other building materials such as mild steel or AR500 the ArmorCore Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panels are the most affordable, effective, lightest and most discrete ballistic protection solution available today. The most common type of steel used during construction projects is Mild Steel or A36. It is easy to work with and is the foundation of modern society. However, it is not viable as a bullet resistant material, modern handguns will leave deep dents, dimples, and can potentially even penetrate the mild steel.
In theory, to fully stop a fired firearm round with mild steel you would need a 1-inch thick plate that weighs 40 pounds per square foot. However, when shots are fired at the mild steel, the surface will rapidly dent, bend, and twist in odd angles which can cause bullets to ricochet and can lead to serious injuries. As I mentioned earlier mild steel is NOT suitable for ballistic protection of any kind!
AR500 steel is most commonly found as wear plates on construction equipment, dump trucks, mining and farm equipment. It is basically the same as mild steel but with a better-quality control procedure. The main difference is that AR500 steel is harder and tougher than that of mild steel because of a heat tempering process that strengthens the metal throughout its cross section. 3/8” AR500 will easily stop regular rifle calibre shots at 100 yards with little to no damage to the AR500 steel. Between 200 and 300 yards 3/8” AR500 is adequate to stop magnum rifle calibre without damage. All in all 3/8” AR500 is suitable for protection against most firearms available.
However, they’re several disadvantages associated with using AR500 as a building material when compared to ArmorCore. Firstly spalling is a major concern, not just for AR500 but all steel in fact. Due to the hardness of AR500 when a bullet strikes the surface of the metal it will instantly explode into shrapnel and bullet fragments. Another concern when it comes to steel is bullets ricocheting. If a bullet hits the AR500 at an odd angle, it can potentially travel along the plate and violently rebound off of the surface. Since AR500 is a lot harder than traditional mild steel it is prone to ricochets. In addition to the previous point, bullets have an overwhelming amount of energy and force behind them when fired. As such when the bullet strikes AR500 the energy will be passed through the steel into the structure behind it. In contrast to our ArmorCore Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panels are designed to stop a bullet through an energy process involving controlled delamination and energy dissipation. The panel separates into individual piles to absorb all of the energy and stop the bullet safely. Lastly, the most obvious disadvantage of AR500, when compared to ArmorCore, is the weight. 1″ thick AR500 weights 15.31 lbs per square foot which is heavier than all three levels of ArmorCore we offer.
|Protection Levels||Thickness||Weight||Forced Entry Test||One Hour Fire Rating||Thickness||Weight||Thickness||Weight|
|ArmorCore||ArmorCore||ArmorCore||ArmorCore||AR500 Steel||AR500 Steel||Mild Steel||Mild Steel|
|Level 3 (UL 752 Level 3)||0.4375″||4.8 lbs||Yes||Yes||0.375″||15.31 lbs||1″||40.8 lbs|
|Level 7 (UL 752 Level 7)||1.125″||11.7 lbs||Yes||Yes||0.375″||15.31 lbs||1″||40.8 lbs|
|Level 8 (UL 752 Level 8)||1.4375″||15.2 lbs||Yes||Yes||0.375″||15.31 lbs||1″||40.8 lbs|