Forced Entry Resistance vs. Attack Resistance: What’s the Difference?

Be it New York, Chicago, London, New Delhi, or Paris, crimes like burglaries and forced entries into private and restricted properties are quite common. Targets like military convoys, vehicles carrying high-profile celebrities, and government officials are at constant risk of being assaulted. Depending on the desired level of protection, the resistance solutions vary from providing attack resistance to forced entry resistance. This blog post highlights how the two solutions differ and presents the forced entry resistance solutions offered by Armortex.

Forced Entry Resistance

Forced entry resistance indicates how a product resists a repetitive, physical attack by intruders, such as forced intrusion through a door or a window into private or restricted spaces. The means of attack could include rifle butts, sledgehammers, baseball bats, saws, crowbars, etc. Forced entry resistance solutions are typically designed for safe rooms, military, government, public facilities, and guardhouses.

Forced entry prevention solutions are mandatory to restrict the entry of perpetrators for not only human safety but also property security. By design, they are heavier and more robust than the attack resistance solutions, and thus, forced entry resistance solutions are naturally more expensive. In most cases, a resistant door is required as entry doors are targeted, being the first line of defense. The forced entry resistance solution should have the ability to withstand even blast and ballistic forces.

Attack Resistance

The attack resistance of a product measures its ability to remain secure after being hit or struck by bullets or ballistics, e.g., bullet-resistant glass door assemblies or car windows. Forced entry resistance differs from attack resistance in terms of the duration of the attack, the force imparted by the attack, the number of attackers, and the means used for the assault. Other factors might include aesthetic aspects; for example, a tempered glass-based attack-resistant door may look appealing compared to a thick metal frame door offering forced entry resistance.

Forced Entry Resistance Solutions from Armortex

Armortex is a world leader in producing state-of-the-art, cost-effective forced entry resistance solutions that offer the highest levels of protection against forced entry. Our impenetrable solutions ensure that assailants are unsuccessful in forcefully entering your property, thus keeping you safe in even the most severe forced entry attempts.

  1. Bullet-resistant doors: Entry doors are the most vulnerable point of intrusion. We offer the most advanced custom-made high-spec doors and doorframes that are certified to UL (Underwriter’s Laboratory) specification levels 1-8 and above. The doors are made from either veneered reinforced wood or cold-rolled steel, along with shatter-free windows. These materials offer the highest level of forced entry resistance against ammunition blasts, projectiles, impacts, and physical assaults. All door assemblies utilize robust gear hinges made of heavy-duty clear anodized aluminum to connect doorframes to doors. Our bullet-resistant doors offer the option to choose either no spall or low spall windows with different levels of reinforcement and custom sizing.
  2. Bullet-proof windows: Typical household windows are made of standard glass that lacks flexibility and can break even under a low impact force. Armortex® offers blast-proof windows with ballistic-grade glass that provides the unprecedented ability to absorb deadly ballistic forces and maintain the glass shatter-free. These windows feature an air gap or laminate design that contains alternate layers of plastic and glass. The layered structure facilitates energy absorption as the bullet traverses through, eventually bringing it to a halt while preventing the glass from breaking instantly. The outer framing systems are based on aluminum, hollow metal, or stainless steel. All bullet-proof windows are certified to 1 – 10 UL rating levels.
  3. Fiberglass Composite Panels: Lightweight and corrosion resistance, in-house woven panels aim to improve the ballistic and blast resistance of structures significantly. The unique feature of fiberglass panels is their laminate structure designed by weaving ballistic-grade fiberglass treated with thermoset resin. The impact force of projectiles and blasts is dispersed, keeping the panels intact. The robust and highly secure laminate makes it one of the safest forced entry resistance solutions available.

Get in touch with us today to find out more about our forced entry resistance solutions.