A: Actually, the term “hurricane film” is a misnomer; and ultimately, can be dangerously misleading. The proper name is “Safety and Security Window Film.” Safety and Security film is a highly impact-resistant product that is excellent for glass fragment retention if the glass is struck and broken. It will provide a significantly heightened level of protection in cases of vandalism, explosions, violent weather and even hurricanes – but you must understand that it is a component of your overall glazing system – not a “stand alone” product.
Picture it this way. If your home has old windows that don’t come close to meeting today’s hurricane codes, an application of film to the glass surface is not going to bring them into compliance. The windows themselves must be well supported and properly installed. Understand that the “baseline” for all performance claims of safety window film are based on the film being installed on heavy “storefront” – type frames and include “edge attachment” systems. If your film is installed differently, on different style windows, your performance will not be the same. That’s why “blanket” claims by unscrupulous window film dealers that the film is “good to 200 mph” are so dangerously misleading – they give the impression that the performance is the same for all windows – and it is not!
The protection that safety film does give is real and legitimate; however, and claims that “film doesn’t work,” or “provides no protection” are just as misleading as the overblown performance claims.
We suggest that you visit our website and read our manufacturer’s statement of performance, and familiarize yourself with the performance characteristics of any storm mitigation product before buying. Your safety – and that of your family – is too important to be casual about. Call Solar-X of Sarasota today for an estimate on Armorcoat™ Safety and Security Film – and get the straight story on what it can do for you.