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!

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The application of Safety and Security window film has become a recognized method of turning glass from a hazardous “liability” to a defensive “asset” when trying to protect against violent weather, burglary, or terrorism. No one doubts the proven strength of these tough, transparent polyester products. It is important, however, to understand that film alone, while keeping the glass together, will not ensure that it stays in the frame. Maximizing the film’s performance requires the application of a structural adhesive sealant; called “wet” glazing, such as Dow Corning® 995, which attaches the film/glass combination to the frame (see figure 2). Alternatively, there are “mechanical” glazing systems as well, that are either “stand alone” systems, or use Dow Corning 995® as the adhesive component. No other attachment process outperforms Dow Corning in keeping the glass in place after being broken.

The application of these high-quality; performance enhancing products can add a substantial cost to the installation; however, the cost of these products is high, and the process is labor intensive. But what is the point of applying something that does not work?

Simply running a bead of silicone, tub and tile caulk, or other sealer around the edge of the window will not ensure proper performance. Insist on a proper glazing system from a professional installer – and do not accept “whatever is on sale” from your local home improvement store. There are prescribed standards for a proper application of these products. Building owners and managers who are purchasing Safety Film should insist that their film vendors be qualified in the proper application techniques in order to meet these standards.