Civil unrest is a cause for concern for many businesses. Looting is probably the biggest concern that comes to mind when you think of a riot occurring near your business, but you also have to worry about vandalism, including graffiti.
Cleaning graffiti off buildings is expensive and time-consuming. It can also be incredibly tricky to get graffiti off of glass surfaces. Graffiti removal methods like scraping it off can scratch the glass, leading to even more expensive window replacement.
But what if there were a way to prevent graffiti from sticking to your windows in the first place? Well, there is such a thing as an anti-graffiti coating that’s available for specific types of windows.
What Is Anti-Graffiti Coating?
Anti-graffiti coatings are special coatings that can be permanently applied to certain types of glass and other types of glazing, such as polycarbonate. These coatings create a surface that paints cannot adhere to.
Graffiti-resistant window coatings are invisible to the naked eye and are resistant to UV aging and weathering, making them a long-lasting solution to the threat of graffiti.
What types of windows can you apply an anti-graffiti coating to?
Different companies offer different types of graffiti prevention solutions for different types of glazing.
For example, we offer an anti-graffiti coating for Riot Glass® security glass products. Combined with Riot Glass®, anti-graffiti window coatings provide the highest level of protection against all types of vandalism and other security threats.
Ideally, you should always implement some type of security glazing on your property before applying a graffiti-resistant coating to your windows. This is because the coating does nothing to prevent your windows from breaking, so it’s not an all-in-one solution to mitigating risks to your property.
What Is Riot Glass®?
Riot Glass® is the ultimate line of fenestration (opening) security products for businesses and commercial facilities of all shapes and sizes.
All Riot Glass® solutions are designed to be retrofitted into or onto your existing door and window framing systems to protect the existing glass behind a virtually invisible, incredibly impact-resistant glazing shield.
Riot Glass® is developed and manufactured right here in the United States, and was designed specifically to meet modern commercial buildings’ security needs.
Riot Glass® glazing shields provide protection against:
- Rioting and looting
- Forced entry
- Smash-and-grab theft
- Active shooters
- Storm damage
Why you should install Riot Glass® with an anti-graffiti coating
Traditional forced entry prevention solutions, such as bars and grates, don’t fully protect your glass from impacts, and they certainly don’t do anything to protect it from graffiti.
While bars may prevent someone from crawling through a broken window to gain access to your property, it’s still possible for criminals to break the glass behind them or otherwise vandalize your storefront windows.
So, even if you don’t lose any merchandise or equipment to looters or burglars, you can still end up with expensive cleanup and repairs after a riot or a forced entry attempt.
Riot Glass® retrofit security glass solutions create invisible barriers over your existing storefront glass, protecting it from all types of impacts and forced entry.
Riot Glass® is, by default, impact-resistant and resistant to marring and chemical attacks. An anti-graffiti coating is a cherry on top when it comes to protecting your windows from damage.
Unlike bars, grates, shutters, and emergency board ups, Riot Glass® doesn’t significantly alter the aesthetics of your property. It doesn’t prevent window shopping, block out natural light, or inhibit visibility.
These properties make Riot Glass® a much better alternative to traditional glass protection, especially for businesses like luxury retail stores, where appearance is very important.
Riot Glass® with an anti-graffiti coating is ideal for:
- High-end and specialty retailers
- Office buildings
- Government buildings
- Any business where rioting and looting, vandalism, and forced entry are concerns
Can you use anti-graffiti coatings on other surfaces?
Riot Glass® graffiti-resistant coatings are only for protecting glass doors and windows. They are especially ideal for buildings with large glass storefronts and floor-to-ceiling windows. In other words, where glass accounts for most of the exterior walls and is at high risk of graffiti attacks.
Keep in mind that the specialized coating is only designed to protect glazing surfaces, and cannot be applied to materials other than Riot Glass®. So, if your building’s exterior walls are concrete, brick, wood, or any other non-glass material, parts of the property will still be susceptible to graffiti.
However, you may be able to apply an anti-graffiti paint or clearcoat to the surrounding surfaces of your property for a more comprehensive anti-graffiti solution. These types of topcoats are available from leading paint manufacturers. They should be reapplied every few years for maximum effect.
How You Can Get Started with Anti-Graffiti Riot Glass®
Campbell Corporation is an authorized dealer and installer of Riot Glass® fenestration security products, including laminated security glass and polycarbonate security glazing.
If you’re interested in hardening your property’s overall security, as well as preventing costly graffiti removal, we recommend starting with a threat assessment and consultation.
During this assessment, we will discuss your security needs and goals, as well as evaluate all your property’s existing security measures. We will then make recommendations for the specific type of Riot Glass® to install, where to install it, and where the anti-graffiti coating will be most necessary and effective.
We then proceed to measure all the windows you want to protect, as well as their frames, and evaluate the condition of your building to ensure that Riot Glass® can be retrofitted onto your property. If there are any modifications that need to be made, we will discuss how to best proceed with those as well.
Once everything is in order, we supply the 100% custom Riot Glass® security glazing panels and install them to the highest industry standards.
Your storefront or commercial building windows will then be protected behind Riot Glass® 24/7 to prevent forced entry, vandalism, looting, smash-and-grab theft, burglary, storm damage, and more.
Contact Campbell Corporation today for more information or to schedule a consultation and get started on your project.