Window Film and Earthquake Safety: What You Should Know

Window Film and Earthquake Safety: What You Should Know

Window Film and Earthquake Safety - The Facts.

First, our hearts go out to our neighbors who’ve been injured, lost homes and businesses in the recent Northern California earthquake. With that in mind, we thought we’d take some time to discuss one of the safety features of window film that is often missed: earthquake protection. All you have to do is look at the images of the impact on the earthquake on downtown Napa to see how important it is to protect yourself and your family form the dangers posed from broken windows during an earthquake.

While many people understand that earthquakes can cause hazardous broken glass, it’s good to know that the stresses caused by earthquakes are quite different than other events, like a hurricanes. Unlike hurricanes, which can cause excessive wind damage to windows, earthquakes case twisting or ‘flexing’ of the glass, the results of the ground shifting underneath the earth’s surface. The explosive nature of earthquakes can create fast moving, dangerous glass projectiles that can cause significant injury or worst, loss of life. Properly installed window film can reduce the risk of injury exponentially.

For instance, did you know that 3M Safety window films are designed to help hold glass fragments together, reducing potential injury from flying glass? 3M™ Ultra Series films are tough and tear-resistant. They are designed to hold broken glass in place, even in the event of an earthquake. To get an idea of the strength of these window films, check out this video:

According to 3M, you can take your protection level to new heights by combining window film with adhesive or an attachment system:

This unique window protection system combines the toughness of 3M™ Ultra Safety and Security Films with an adhesive or profile attachment system. Choose either 3M Impact Protection Adhesive or 3M Impact Protection Profile depending upon your frame and overall aesthetic needs. This combination system attaches the filmed window to the window frame, creating a robust shield that significantly outperforms window film-only systems. It’s an extra assurance against impact energy from severe weather, earthquakes, and forced entry events—with enough strength to handle even bomb blasts.

ClimatePro has been the go-to choice for homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area seeking top-quality window films. If you’re ready to explore the possibilities and find the perfect window film for your home, we’re here to assist you every step of the way. Contact us today at (707) 569-9098 or get started online with a free consultation.