FAQ - Safety Bars
- What are the Safety transparent bars made of?
The Safety bar is made out of a thermoplastic called Polycarbonate.
- How strong is it, it looks like Perspex?
Polycarbonate is a very clear polymer with exceptionally high levels of impact strength and is one of the toughest transparent sheets available and has a tensile breaking strength of 3 000kg.
The cockpit canopy of the F-22 Raptor jet fighter is made from a piece of high optical quality polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is also used for riot shields, bulletproof windows and enclosures as seen inside banks or at a drive-through.
When the bars are exposed to repeated heavy blows, the material tends to cold form rather than shatter.
- Is it UV stable? Won’t it fade or turn yellow as a result of light exposure?
ViewProtect approved LEXAN polycarbonate is protected with a UV protection on both sides, ensuring resistance against the harmful rays of the sun.
- Is there a warranty?
There is a 10 year manufacturer warranty. “The warranty entails that the polycarbonate bars will not stain under normal circumstances and if cleaned according to the recommendations.”
- Does it scratch easily?
Polycarbonate is susceptible to scratching and care must be taken to prevent this during installation and cleaning. ViewProtect has a specially designed Cleaning Kit to prevent unnecessary damage during cleaning.
A more scratch resistant polycarbonate, LEXAN Margard, is also available. This product is popular for the use as window panes and replace glass panels where high breakage are evident or where safety and security is of the utmost importance.
- What is the ideal application of the product?
This product has got many uses, the main one being a clear safety barrier. The fact that it is transparent and very strong makes it an ideal safety bar where you want to protect yourself and your view.
These clear bars can also be fitted on any emergency exit mechanism (egress requirements) that allows a quick-release of burglar bars.
These safety bars can be upgraded to become the more advanced Armed Bars. These Armed Bars are the ultimate security barrier and are the world’s most secure alarm sensor, that are affordable for the general public!
- What is the recommended span of this product?
Due to the flexibility of the product do we not recommend that you span more than 1 meter or 39". If longer lengths are required, a cross section must be installed. For more information see our installation instructions on cross sections.
- How far apart do I install the bars?
The safety bars can be spaced according to the needs required to prevent children falling from an opening or to keep unwanted animals out. It is therefore important that the bars needs to be tension to prevent any twisting and flexing of bars. For more information see our installation instructions.
- It seems very flexible to me, how does this characteristic affect the performance of the product?
The flexibility of the product is part of its strength and this flexibility allows the force to be spread out over a larger area. It is also difficult to wedge the bars from its attachment due to this characteristic.10. What is the weakest point of this product?
The weakest point of any polycarbonate bar installation is the attachment to the window or wall. Care must be taken to fix these bars properly to the structure. An AluRail system has been developed by ViewProtect that will improve the fixing strength of the bars.11. Can you guarantee that no one will be able to pass through an opening where these safety bars have been installed?
No guard or safety barrier is 100% impenetrable, this product is no exception. Safety bars are installed to prevent easy access through these bars.12. How skilled do I need to be to install the safety bars?
One unique feature of the safety bars is ease of installation, enabling any person capable of handling a standard drill to install the bars. No special training is necessary and user friendly installation procedure is available on request.13. How do I clean the transparent bars?
The transparent security bars must be cleaned with the ViewProtect Cleaning Kit. A nonabrasive household detergent with a clean soft damp cloth can also be used for cleaning.
14. Why should I use ViewProtect safety bars in place of ordinary metal window guards?
View – Safety bars are transparent and will protect you and your family without spoiling your view.
Protect – ViewProtect’s safety bars will give you the same protection as any standard metal window guards.
Maintenance – ViewProtect’s safety bars are rust free and needs no maintenance.
Look – ViewProtect’s safety bars are the latest in window security and provides your home with a more modern, up market appearance.