Frequently Asked Questions for our Bullet Resistant Panels
Do bullet resistant panels require a certified installer?
There is no certifying agency for the installation of bullet resistant panels and they are commonly installed by contractors with no previous experience with this kind of product. If necessary, local installers may be available upon request.
Which way should bullet resistant fiberglass face and which side of the wall?
Bullet resistant fiberglass panels are installed perpendicular to the threat and either of the 2 sides of the panel may be used as the ballistic strike face. Panels are also universal in that they can be mounted to either side of the stud wall or fixture.
Is it better to install panels vertically or horizontally?
Regarding the ballistic protection, panels can be installed either way, but installing vertically is advantageous for the placement of the batten strips.
What are Batten Strips?
Batten Strips are 4” strips of the same UL Listed Level of material. They are sold separately or can be cut out of panels on site. Battens are not intended as stand-alone items, but as backing material of the same UL Listed Level to provide protection at any joint between two panels.
Which Side of the panel should Batten Strips be installed?
Regarding ballistic protection, batten strips may be installed on the either side of the panels from the threat direction.
Should Battens be installed at the studs?
We recommend installing the panels so that the butt joints fall between the studs instead of breaking on the stud. This allows for the batten strip to be installed on the backside of the panels in the stud cavity and prevents having to fur out the wall. Battens can be fastened directly to the panels.
Are Batten Strips required at horizontal joints?
Yes. Wood studs might be notched to allow for the horizontal batten strips or the batten strips may be cut to fit from one steel stud to the inside of the next.
What screw pattern should I use?
The screw pattern for panels and batten strips is pending on the weight of the panel and will need to be determined by a structural engineer for the site. Covenant Security Equipment cannot dictate a screw pattern. The shear strength of bullet resistant panel is very strong, so it should hold a screw very well. It is advantageous to only use enough fasteners to hold the panels to the studs, then do a complete screw pattern when installing the drywall through both materials.
What gauge stud should be used?
We do not recommend or specify a specific gauge stud to support panels. This should not hinder the ballistic performance of the product. Most of the weight of the panels should be transferred to the floor as the bottom of the installed panels touch the slab.
Any suggestions for a thin gauge stud that the screw is not “biting” into well?
If steel studs are light enough to not provide enough “bite” for the screws, then one trick is to rip 2x4s in half and line the 2”x2” wood pieces inside the stud.
What is the bending radius of our level 1 panel?
The UL level 1 can flex down to an approximate 6’ radius.