What Are Ballistic Doors?

Fires aren’t the only force you may need protection from. Here’s our overview of ballistic doors, from construction to application.

Ballistic Doors, also known as bullet-proof doors, offer a high level of protection against firearm attacks. As well as installing fire doors, we also manufacture and install ballistic doors for our clients.

Today, we’re running through the materials that make up a ballistic door, and whether your building may require this additional level of protection.

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How Do They Work?

Ballistic Doors come in a wide range of resistance levels, with some doors able to withstand handguns, and other doors withstanding rifles. Of course, all doors will eventually succumb to an onslaught of firearms, but the level of protection they can withstand remains a crucial asset. The level of protection that’s necessary should be discussed with your installer, as they will have a comprehensive understanding of the relevant Australian Building Codes you’ll need to meet.

Ballistic doors are typically designed with a steel frame, due to their robust and durable property. Then, the glass will be interlayered with laminated polycarbonate to further withstand the high-speed velocity of bullets. Polycarbonate is also used as a fire-resistant tool, due to its ability to withstand heat. Unsurprisingly, this type of glass is referred to as ‘impact-resistant’. This glass will still transmit light to almost the same level as normal glass, meaning the modern aesthetic of your building won’t be compromised.

Does my building need ballistic doors?

Ballistic Doors are most necessary for buildings that require high levels of security. This includes, but is not limited to, banks, schools, casinos, government buildings, and prisons. The building code of Australia should determine your installations.

Have a fire door related enquiry? We’re happy to help. Contact Fire Safe Doors at [email protected] or call (02) 9070 0732, and we’ll work through a plan for your needs. 

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