Ballistic Fiberglass Panels
Certified UL 752 Ballistic Levels 1-8 and NIJ Ballistic Levels II-IV
Includes 60-Minute Fire Rating, Class IV Forced Entry Resistance, and thermal and sound dampening.
Ideal for safe rooms and other protective areas.
Sheet Widths of 36″, 48″, and 60″
Sheet Heights of 96″, 108″, and 120″Buy Now Instant Quote
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Last Updated April 19, 2021
Bulletproof Fiberglass Sizes and Protection levels
|Product||Firearm Protection||Bullets Per Square Foot||Thickness||Weight Per Square Foot|
|Level 1 Bullet Resistant Fiberglass||9mm handgun||3||1/4″||2.6 lbs|
|Level 2 Bullet Resistant Fiberglass||.357 Magnum||3||5/16″||3.6 lbs|
|Level 3 Bullet Resistant Fiberglass||.44 Magnum||3||7/16″||4.8 lbs|
|Level 4 Bullet Resistant Fiberglass||.30 Caliber Rifle||1||1-3/8″||13.9 lbs|
|Level 5 Bullet Resistant Fiberglass||7.62mm Rifle||1||1-7/16″||14.8 lbs|
|Level 6 Bullet Resistant Fiberglass||9mm submachine gun||5||3/8″||3.9 lbs|
|Level 7 Bullet Resistant Fiberglass||5.56mm rifle||5||1-1/8″||11.7 lbs|
|Level 8 Bullet Resistant Fiberglass||7.62mm rifle||5||1-7/16″||15.2 lbs|
Standard widths available: 36″, 48″ and 60″
Standard heights available: 96″, 108″, and 120″
Standard batten strips available: 4″ wide x 96″, 108″, and 120″ high
Custom ballistic panel sizes and shapes available as required.
- UL752 Paragraph 4.5 Standard for Bullet Resistant Materials – Levels 1-8
- National Institute of Ballistic Standards NIJ0108.01– Levels II – III
- One Hour Fire Rating Per ASTM E119-98
- Class IV Forced Entry Protection Rating Per ASTM F1233-98 – For Ballistic Panel Levels 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8
- R Value and Thermal Conductivity tested according to ASTM C-177
- Tested for acoustical properties AS-TL1734/5(a)
- Tested with projectile simulating F5 tornado at Wind Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University
- Safety Data Sheet (SDS) available
Ballistic Fiberglass Installation
Of all the methods of armoring the walls of a room, ballistic fiberglass offers a combination of the most inexpensive and convenient options.
Unlike steel and other traditional ballistic materials, contractors can cut our panels on site with proper tools. These modular panels are placed inside newly built walls or placed on top of existing walls and painted or covered. We offer nine standard, convenient sizes.
Bullet resistant panels are simple to work with: almost any contractor familiar with installing drywall can install a fiberglass bullet resistant panel, as well.
Most commonly, clients install ballistic drywall to walls with screws driven into wall studs, whether metal or wood. Self-tapping drywall screws are sufficient. If drywall is to cover the ballistic panel, then a complete screw pattern can be driver through both materials into the studs.
Installing Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panels In Existing Walls (Retrofitting)
Cutting Ballistic Panels
A circular saw with a diamond grit blade is the typical way to make large cuts in a ballistic fiberglass panel. If making many cuts in thicker level material, you may need more than one blade for multiple panels. When cutting bulletproof fiberglass, ensure you follow proper safety protection, as summarized above.
Small Cuts (e.g. electrical cut-outs)
For smaller size cuts, such as for electrical outlets or pass-through drawers, a diamond grit saw blade on a reciprocating saw is a suitable method.
Seams And Corners
The seam formed by two panels meet could be a vulnerability in protection, but it is a very improbable one. Therefore, using a batten strip is ideal. About 40% of clients do so.
A batten strip is merely a 4″ wide post of the same material. The strip covers the seam, overlapping each panel by 2″. Strategically notching a spot in the bottom plate where the batten strips line up allows you to avoid creating an uneven wall surface. Also, make sure where your bullet resistant panels meet is offset from the location of vertical wall studs.
Where panels meet at a 90-degree angle, no extra protection is needed –so long that the panels overlap, as shown in the diagram to the right.
It is ideal to cover cut-outs, such as electrical boxes, with a small square of extra ballistic material that spans the length between two studs.
Contractors can cut bullet-resistant fiberglass to size, but – like all fiberglass – the material can irritate the skin.
When the ballistic material is sawed, drilled, or cut in any manner that creates dust, skin irritation can occur. Dust can irritate eyes, as well.
When creating dust from this product, wear a respirator mask, safety glasses or goggles, and protective clothing to avoid skin or respiratory irritation.
For general handling, such as moving bullet proof panels, we recommended wearing leather gloves to avoid irritation of fibers on hands.
Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Panel FAQs
To Make Your Walls Bullet Resistant, Follow These Steps:
- Measure the wall space to protect
- Determine potential threats and the resulting protection level
- Select a ballistic material, such as fiberglass or Kevlar
- Determine the optimal sheet sizes and batten strips to order
- Prepare tools you will need and review safety information
- Cut if required. Install and anchor paneling to wall studs
- Cover seams with batten strips for complete protection
- Paint or clad exposed ballistic panels if not inside the wall
A wall without specific ballistic reinforcement may offer next to no bullet resistance. Walls are primarily constructed from wood and drywall and offer insignificant protection. An exterior wall may provide some amount of benefit compared to nothing, but it still is often minimal. Most homes with masonry exteriors use brickwork for an aesthetic façade, meaning bricks are only single-layered.
A concrete, ICF, or double-layered brick exterior wall likely provides a fair bit of ballistic protection. However, due to the non-standard nature of such materials, specific bullet resistance levels are never definitive. Instead, using a certified and tested ballistic panel is highly recommended.
We’ve helped hundreds of clients conveniently armor their walls using modular ballistic materials. Contact us for expert help.
Various materials are available to create bullet proof wall panels due to decades of military advancement and chemical innovation. A summary of them is below:
Bullet Resistant Fiberglass Wall Panels
Bullet-resistant fiberglass is the most common material used for securing walls. It carries detailed ratings for ballistic resistance, is fire resistant and forced entry resistant. Builders can easily cut it on-site for proper installation. It does not interfere with cell signals and captures bullets without causing shrapnel productions.
Additionally, it is the most cost-effective bulletproofing option. Its downside is that it is heavier than softer materials, but this is not problematic for wall placement.
Kevlar Wall Panels
Kevlar is a well-known brand name of DuPont and is a para-aramid. Commonly called “soft steel,” the fibers are incredibly strong due to the many molecular bonds.
The benefit of Kevlar is that it is ultra-light and highly flexible; therefore, you can commonly find it in body armor. It is much less widely used as the material for ballistic wall panels because it is much more expensive than ballistic fiberglass, typically over 2-300% more. Kevlar also cannot stop rifle rounds at practical thicknesses.
However, there are cases where Kevlar panels make sense for armoring walls. One situation is where curvature is needed, for example, on a round wall or around a desk. Another use is when weight is essential. There are times where too much weight on a structure could lead to it being unsafe and collapse.
Steel Wall Panels
Ballistic steel wall panels, such as AR500, are traditionally thought of as the primary way to armor the walls of a room, but they present several problems and are rarely used for this purpose.
While steel can protect from all levels of firearm attacks, it is generally extremely heavy. Some steel materials, such as AR 500, have significantly reduced their weight compared to other steels. However, a bigger problem with steel to fortify a room is that it is very problematic to install. Unlike other methods, contractors cannot cut ballistic steel panels on-site. Installation is often either impractical or results in vulnerability due to nonprecise fit.
Unlike fiberglass and Kevlar, which absorb impact, steel may also produce shrapnel from impact and cause other risks and damage. Aside from protection concerns, if a safe room reinforced with steel will be frequently used (such as for a bedroom), it may lead to the occupant’s frustration with the resulting terrible cellular and internet reception. Poor reception is even more of a problem in an emergency while attempting to contact the police.
Poured concrete into masonry blocks with rebar support can provide high-level protection to a safe room, including forced entry resistance and some degree of ballistic protection. However, there are a couple of downsides.
Clients can only build this structure during a new home build. It’s undoubtedly impractical for a concrete truck to deliver concrete to the right spot in an existing building.
Additionally, because concrete walls are not standardized products, there’s no definitive way to know what specific firearm threats your walls will resist. Will they stop handguns but not rifles? How many bullets will they stop?
If someone has a concrete reinforced room, we recommend adding a low-level certified ballistic panel layer to ensure proper bulletproofing.
Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethelene (UHMWPE) Panels
Polyethelene panels are another option less popularly known but with good uses. They are similar to the benefits of Kevlar (lightweight and flexible) but much less expensive since they don’t rely on a branded material and don’t have sizing restrictions.
On the downside, they don’t have fire resistance like other options and melt quite easily. Lower ballistic levels are also more at risk of failure from simple forced entry attacks, such as knives.
There are popular derivatives of this material with brand names such as Dyneema and Spectra. UHMWPE is also commonly used in our ballistic blankets.
Ballistic Rubber Panels
When vulcanized rubber is manufactured thick and dense enough, it can effectively capture bullets. Like ballistic steels, there are no ballistic rubbers on the market that are certified to match specific ballistic standards, so it is a bit of a guessing game.
The material type is susceptible to fire, and builders rarely use it in homes or walls. It’s more typically of use in firearm ranges as a backing behind other ballistic resistant material.
A 4’ x 8’ bullet resistant fiberglass sheet starts as low as $320 and can range as high as $1,600, or $10 – $50 per square foot.