What exactly is safety window film or tint? How strong is it? What does it do? These are some of the most frequently asked questions about safety window film. With an increased interest in creating more safety and security in our homes and office, these are important questions. Let’s answer them and a few other questions. Our goal is to help you make the best decision as you create more secure spaces.
What is Safety Film?
Safety film, also known as security film, adds a layer of protection to your windows. This kind of film is thicker than regular window tint. Because of this, it has the superior ability to hold glass in place. The tear-resistant layers can be made from polyester or other materials, some using nanotechnology. Safety and security film is measured in millimeters. The thicker the film, the more secure it can be. The film is anchored to the window frame, making it even more secure.
What are the benefits of safety film?
Imagine trying to break a window in your home or office with a hammer. Since most windows are made from tempered glass, the glass will break into smaller pieces. Hit it hard enough and the glass will leave the window frame and therein lies the danger. Glass fragments pose a huge hazard. Safety film holds the broken glass in place. This means that you won’t be injured by broken glass.
In a real-world setting, window glass can be broken during an attempted break-in. It can also be damaged during storms, perhaps from falling trees or other debris. In the San Francisco Bay Area, you can add the dangers that an earthquake can cause to window glass.
Security film is an excellent anti-theft deterrent. The film makes it very difficult for intruders to break through it. It slows down entry, creating more time for security systems to alert the authorities or for those inside to escape.
Safety and security films from 3M also offer UV protection, which helps to preserve the life of your furnishings and flooring. It also helps to protect against your skin. It comes with a warranty of 10-14 years. Here’s a rundown of all the benefits and some available films that we recommend:
Benefits of 3M Window Film
- Installs on existing glazing and frames.
- Clear, tinted, mirrored, and frosted options are available.
- Holds the building envelope together for longer, helping to delay or deter forced entry.
- Holds broken glass shards together, protecting from windstorms, hurricanes, or explosions.
- Helps to protect from smash & grab robberies.
- Blocks 99% of UV rays.
- Warrantied for 10-14 years.
Security Window Film Products
- 3M Ultra Series
- 3M Safety Series
- 3M Ultra Night Vision
- 3M Ultra Prestige
- 3M Safety Solar Series
- Privacy Series
How much does safety film cost?
The overall cost varies based on several factors. Safety window film comes in several varieties. This is based on the strength and impact resistance of the film. Safety window films vary in their thickness. Also, some use a mechanical or a wet-glaze anchoring system. Your location, the number of windows to be covered may also play a role in pricing. We break down the price based on the quality of security film you might purchase:
- Economy – $8 to $10 per square foot.
- Intermediate – $11 to $12 per square foot.
- Premium – $13-plus per square foot
You can learn more about pricing and more with our Window Tint Cost Guide.
Why Choose ClimatePro?
Ready to get started with your safety film journey? Our team can match you with the right film. With 40 years of experience on our side, we are the best reviews in the Bay Area. Give us a call at 707-755-7337 or contact us here.