Bullet resistant drywalls are a common choice for many businesses. In areas with high crime rates, it is wise to use walls that resist different kinds of bullets. They serve to protect your valuable assets as well as those within the premises. Common applications include banks, hospitals, drug stores, manufacturing companies, retails stores, jewelry stores, airport, data facilities and government buildings among many others.
How it works
In modern-day, innovation has made it possible to install bullet resistant panels to your wall with ease and remove them anytime. The panels are made of either fiberglass or steel. The fiberglass material weighs less than steel and also has a greater strength to weight ratio compared to steel. Fiberglass is made with two materials. The first is synthetic para-aramid fiber which is a tough and fireproof cushion of nylon. The layers are then saturated with synthetic resin to form a dense and rigid panel.
When the fiberglass panel is hit by a bullet, the bullet deforms. Layers of the panel fold apart absorbing the bullet’s energy without allowing it to go through the panel.
Fixing the bullet proof fiberglass - the steps:
- First, you need to begin by framing a standard stud wall
- Mount the fiberglass panels to the studs. Make sure you double over all the seams using additional strips.
- Mount drywall on top of the fiberglass. Your drywall supplier can help you with this step.
- Paint and decorate the wall as desired. After the final finish, it is hard to tell that it is a bullet resistant wall.
Steel panels are cheaper compared to fiberglass. Since steel is difficult to maneuver, you have to preorder them so that they can be custom made. Ensure that you are very keen when taking the measurements because in case of any errors you will have to take the panels back to the hardware for cutting and drilling. Experts from the drywall supplies store will advise you on the best bullet resistant material based on preferences and budget.
Often, bullet resistance is mistaken for bulletproof. Bullet resistant materials are not bulletproof. Their function is to give protection against certain firearms. Firearms are classified in different calibers, and each has a different ability to penetrate bullet resistant materials. Underwriters Laboratories came up with a written standard to help sort out the different penetration abilities. The rating standard is composed of eight levels.
- Level 1: Provides protection against 9mm
- Level 2: Provides protection against .357 magnum
- Level 3: Provides protection against .44 Magnum
- Level 4, 5, 6, 7, 8: provide protection against common rifle cartilage
The higher the rating, the better the protection. However, the higher levels cost more than the lower ones. And materials used for the higher levels are thicker and weigh more. If you are thinking of installing bullet resistant drywall, you need a comprehensive security assessment done to determine which level and material is most suitable for your property.