Q: Are Thicker “Security” Films Darker Than “Regular” Window Film?

A: No. The density of the coatings on the film – not the thickness of the film – determine how dark the film will be. This question is commonly asked by people who are considering the purchase of Safety and Security Window Film but are concerned about the resulting light level in their homes.

All window films are multi-layered products that incorporate a coating of metals within them to control heat intrusion. The density of that coating determines how much light enters through it; as well as how much heat the film reflects. Several popular  films (SolarGard® “Stainless Steel 35™,” for example), are available in thicknesses from 2 mil, to 4 mil, to 8 mil; and they all look and perform virtually the same – with occasional slight variances in total solar energy rejected.

Remember that these films are made with specific purposes in mind; such as (“sun control”) reducing heat intrusion, or (“safety”) accidental human contact; or (“security”) bomb blast mitigation, violent weather, or “smash and grab.” There are prescribed testing protocols for each use. Make sure you choose a window film contractor who has the training to match the correct product to your purpose.

If you have questions regarding specific product usage, we have answers. Call or contact us today for the information you need.

Phone: (941)-366-4364
Toll-free: (866)-343-4567
e-mail: sales@solarxsarasota.com

Safety and Security Window Film | Edge Attachments

Getting What You Paid For When It Counts The Most

Sarasota Protective GlazingMost people who purchase Safety and Security Window Film are seeking a “storm protection” product, or a film that protects them from burglaries or home invasion. These are serious concerns, and prospective clients should do some research prior to making a buying decision in order to acquaint themselves with proper installation methods.

Many clients seem to have trouble understanding the importance of “edge attachments” as they relate to a proper installation of safety film.  Edge attachments (either ‘mechanical’ or ‘wet glaze’) are the means by which Security Film is attached to the window frame; retaining glass fragments, and keeping the glass itself within the frame after an explosion, or after being struck.

There are many ways to attach the window film to the frame; however the “wet glaze” method is probably the easiest and least expensive. This method consists of applying Dow Corning 995 Structural Adhesive Sealant to the film and frames at the edge with a caulking gun. Film is more than adequate for glass fragment retention; however, once shattered the broken glass and film can be forced out of the window frame by wind pressure, explosions, or intruders. An edge attachment significantly heightens the resistance to these forces.

Proper edge attachment performance is not achieved by using “whatever is on sale”! Products like “Tub and Tile Caulk”, and clear “Silicone Sealer” do not have the bonding strength to hold glass in the frames. Insist that your Safety Film contractor use only Dow Corning 995 Structural Sealant.

Better yet, simply call the professionals at Solar-X of Sarasota and get the job done right the first time. Our nearly four decades of industry experience will put you on the path to a strong, properly installed job, and years of satisfaction. Contact us today!

Phone: (941)-366-4364
Toll-free: (866)-343-4567
e-mail: sales@solarxsarasota.com

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