Clear burglar bars have been on the market for some time as an aesthetic alternative to traditional (and often unsightly) steel burglar bars. These polycarbonate bars are just as tough as their metal counterparts, with the added benefit of preserving your view. A benefit which explains why clear security bars are popular in coastal provinces such as Cape Town and KwaZulu Natal.
In Johannesburg, the market for clear bars is growing. Developments in technology are partly to thank as these bars are no longer just a physical barrier, but also an intelligent one. Before we explain what makes the clear bar so smart, let’s talk about how tough it is.
LEXAN™ Polycarbonate – Virtually Unbreakable
If you’ve ever wondered what transparent burglar bars are made of, the answer is LEXAN™ polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is a type of plastic (a thermoplastic, to be precise) that softens when heated and hardens when cooled. LEXAN™ is a brand of polycarbonate with properties that make it particularly suited for security bars. This is the same material used for airplane windows and motorcycle helmets.
Unlike other plastics, which tend to be brittle and break under pressure, you can’t snap a LEXAN™ clear bar in half. There’s a good reason why the material has earned the tagline ‘virtually unbreakable’. It has an impact resistance that’s 250 times stronger than glass and that’s why it’s used to make airplane windows and motorcycle helmets.
You could melt through a clear burglar bar, but you’d need a torch that reaches temperatures of at least 147° Celsius – hardly the type of equipment your average criminal carries with them.
What about twisting the bars out of their frame? If the clear bars are attached to your window using the Alu-Rail Advanced fitment option, they’ll be 28% stronger. And, as the bars and frame form a solid unit, it’s impossible to simply twist the bars out of the frame.
Finally, can you saw through the bars? Yes, you can saw through polycarbonate burglar bars, but you can saw through steel bars, too. It takes just as long to saw through clear burglar bars though, and the gap between them is not large enough to accommodate a proper saw.
Always Armed – Always Protecting You
If the characteristics of LEXAN™ polycarbonate haven’t convinced you that clear burglar bars are as effective as steel bars, here’s something that will change your mind.
The Clear Armed Bars installed by House of Supreme have two wires, embedded in the bar, which means you can connect them to your home alarm system. In fact, the bars can be integrated with any home alarm system.
What does this mean for security-conscious homeowners? It turns a physical barrier into an intelligent one because the moment someone tampers with the bars and breaks the wires, your alarm is triggered. It’s as if the burglar bars are calling for help on your behalf.
Even better, it means you can enjoy 24/7-armed protection, even with your windows open. At the same time, you needn’t worry about accidentally setting off the alarm when cleaning your windows. Animals passing through the window won’t set it off either, thanks to the tamper-proof design.
As home security systems go, Clear Armed Bars tick all the boxes. They won’t spoil your view or make you feel imprisoned in your own home, yet they’re virtually unbreakable and smart enough to trigger your alarm.
Some of their other notable qualities include:
- Double UV-protection stops the polycarbonate bars from yellowing or becoming brittle under the harsh South African sun.
- Low maintenance and easy to clean, you only need to wipe the transparent bars down with a damp cloth to maintain them.
- Durable and long-lasting, your Clear Armed Bars aren’t susceptible to rust or corrosion like steel bars.
House of Supreme is proud to be an accredited installer of ViewProtect’s popular Armed Bars. As market leaders in window treatments that offer both aesthetics and functionality, we believe that these armed transparent bars are a perfection addition to our product range.
For more information or to request a quote on our Clear Armed Bars, please visit our Contact Page for details on your nearest branch.