Next-level security windows that offer a new standard of both beauty and protection
At FBS, we pride ourselves on being able to create exactly what our clients need, whether that’s a bedroom security door for their Sanctuary™, an impressive pivot door for their front entrance, or custom security windows that don’t give away all of your security secrets.
We’re well aware that every window is “custom made” in that windows must perfectly fit the opening of the home — but no one is making a custom window like we are.
Our windows are completely bespoke from the inside out so that they can meet your specific and unique needs. Not everyone needs security windows, but perhaps they need hurricane certification. Others might need ballistic protection, but don’t live in a hurricane zone. Some people just want extra large fixed windows so they can enjoy the view from their luxury home.
If we only made one or two types of glass (like most window manufacturers), we’d never be able to meet all of our clients’ needs. Therefore, we start at the very beginning by asking what you’re looking for in a window.
We know you need it to be beautiful, so we’ll always have that at the forefront of our design plans, but the exact composition of your security, hurricane, or ballistic window will change depending on the level of security you need, the weight your architects are able to spare, and the aesthetics of the space.
Cold-Drawn Steel Frame
Many window manufacturers opt to use aluminum in their frames, which makes sense if you’re trying to bring down the cost and the customers don’t care about security certification, or the climate in their area allows for its use. Of course, our clients care about those things — they have come to us because they have needs that can’t (or won’t) be met by the average window manufacturer.
We’ve opted to use steel frames in our windows for many reasons — it’s strong, it’s very secure, it’s low maintenance, it can withstand gale force and brute force alike, but the main reason we use it is very simple: it’s the very best.
High-tech Glass Composition
Building custom security, hurricane, or ballistic windows requires different types of materials because each of those certifications is meant to protect against a different threat. Therefore, each material is designed to react a different way to each threat.
There are three different types of glass that are used to make windows:
Annealed – softest type of glass, breaks into large pieces, cheapest to make because it’s easy to work with
Heat-strengthened – twice as strong as annealed glass, heated and cooled (typically twice) in order to strengthen the material, more expensive because it cannot be cut or molded once it’s made, breaks into many small pieces
Tempered – strongest type of glass (four times stronger than annealed), heated and cooled in order to strengthen the material (but more times than heat-strengthened glass), used in cars and ovens, also known as “security glass” because when it breaks, it shatters into many tiny pieces (which is less harmful than large shards)
Security At Any Size
We’ve yet to encounter a client who wanted a window we couldn’t make. If you want a massive fixed window to overlook the expansive view out of your living room, we can do that. If you’d like casement windows that open to the breeze come in over the hills, we can do that, too. No matter what, we’ll put your needs and your security at the forefront.
Even on our operable casement windows, the locks (typically the weakest point of a window) are made of impenetrable steel, putting them at the same security level as our high security doors. Potential intruders won’t be able to drill, cut, or shoot through our window locks — we know because we’ve tried.
Taking these three types of glass and using them to create completely customized windows for various use-cases means taking into account the climate, the level of security you require, and your aesthetic preferences. The good news is that we can make anything you want — literally anything — and it will still be beautiful.
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Myth VS. Reality
Clarifying the most common misconceptions about security windows
Intruders commonly break windows to enter a home
Intruders are more likely to unlock or pry a window out of the frame than break a window
Plastic, wood and aluminum windows can be security certified
Plastic, wood and aluminum windows can all be hurricane certified, but NONE of these can be security certified
Ballistic & steel windows are security windows
Not all ballistic & steel windows are security windows
Strong window glass is enough to be considered a security window
True security windows are an orchestrated combination of the frame, the glass and the locks
Security windows are functional and limit aesthetics
FBS security windows can be finished in almost any material imaginable
Security Levels For Every Need
Our architectural window
Features:Extremely Thin Profile Minimalist Styling
Our SECURITY window
Features:Thin Profile Ballistic & Hurricane Protection
Our HighEST SECURITY LEVEL window
Features:High Level Ballistic Frames High Level Ballistic Glass
Our windows can be clad in almost any material imaginable – tailored with Axolotl finishes to the aesthetic of your home or business