You can never be too careful when it comes to securing your home or business. The world will always be full of unscrupulous folks who want to take what you have from you.
You might be a shop owner concerned about smash and grab theft from your display windows. Or you may be a homeowner who would like an extra layer of protection for your family.
You may be wondering if there is a way to beef up security without putting up unsightly bars. The good news is that there is!
Security window film is the perfect solution to your dilemma. And the benefits of the film go far beyond keeping your home safe from thieves. Let’s take a look at the impressive list of benefits.
Security window film is a great way to stop thieves in their tracks. When they try to break your window, the glass will break but remain in place.
The film acts like a bandage and holds the glass where it belongs. This is fantastic for preventing smash and grab thefts.
Plus, it makes it very difficult for thieves to break into your home or business, even at night. Thieves don’t like to call attention to themselves. They want to break the window, get in, and get out.
They don’t want to stand on the street for even a minute trying to smash your window in. Every second that they are in the open there is more risk that they will get caught.
There is another awesome benefit to security window film. If the window breaks the shards of glass don’t scatter everywhere.
You have to take great care not to injure yourself when cleaning up a broken window. The film keeps the glass together so you are less likely to cut yourself on the sharp edges.
Protection from Natural Disasters
Strong wind storms can send branches through windows. People get hurt all the time by broken glass during storms. As we’ve mentioned, the film prevents glass from shattering everywhere. It doesn’t matter what caused the initial break.
Mitigates Vandalism Damage
Do you have pesky graffiti artists in your area? They can be fabulous artists, but the last thing you want is graffiti on your storefront.
If they paint over your windows all you have to do is peel off your current film. Then replace it, of course, so your protection remains intact.
Protection from Explosions
Terrorism is on the rise and bombs have been the weapon of choice in 54% of attacks. Of course, the likelihood of you being in the midst of a terrorist attack is still statistically low.
But terrorist attacks aren’t the only things that blow up. Industrial accidents/explosions can happen at any time and you can never be too prepared.
When an explosion occurs, the explosion itself is not the only thing that causes injury. Windows explode into a thousand glass projectiles that can cause serious damage. Sometimes even more than the explosion itself.
A piece of security window film holds those little pieces of glass together. That’s one thing less to worry about in an already stressful situation.
You Can’t See Them…Unless You Want To
You can decide whether you want the film to be visible or not. Clear films are perfect for store windows. You want protection but you still want passersby to see your products.
For your home or office, you may want privacy. You can choose tinted window films to keep people from seeing in.
Tinted films also have the added benefit of cutting down on outside glare. If you live in a sunny area you may want to enjoy natural light, but not quite so much.
Security window film also acts as a UV blocker. That’s great news for those with higher risks for skin cancer. Plus, less UV exposure will keep your skin looking younger and healthier anyway.
Have you ever noticed that furniture or carpets that are in front of windows tend to fade? That’s because of sitting in UV rays all day. The window film will slow down that process quite a bit.
Energy efficiency is all the rage these days–and with good reason. Energy prices are going up and people are becoming more environmentally aware. Everybody wants to do their part to protect the planet.
There’s another great bonus to security window films. They make your windows more energy efficient.
It adds an extra layer of insulating protection to your glass. The great thing about this is that the films start to offset their own cost in lower energy bills!
Many businesses and homeowners choose to install tempered or laminated glass windows. They do provide some of the benefits we’ve listed here, but not all.
Imagine that a thief breaks a tempered glass window. Instead of shattering into shards, the glass will break in little pebbles. This is great so that it doesn’t injure the person who cleans it up. But it also doesn’t injure or stop your would-be thief either.
Laminated glass is a bit better. This glass has a piece of vinyl inserted between the panes. A thief would have to bang on it a lot to get it to break. This draws unwanted attention and is a great deterrent.
As we’ve discussed security films also make it more difficult to break the window. Plus, they keep shards of glass from scattering all over the floor.
So why are they better than tempered or laminated glass? The cost. It is much cheaper to install security film then tempered or laminated windows.
Get Your Security Window Film Today
Aren’t these benefits fantastic news? You can offer your home or business extra protection without ugly bars. You’ll rest easier knowing that your loved ones are safe.
Contact us today to learn more. One of our friendly representatives will be happy to answer all your questions. We can help you choose the perfect film for your home or business.
Don’t delay! You never know when a natural disaster, or mischief-maker, will strike.
One way glass film has a lot of advantages, from helping protect your home or business from burglary or theft to reducing glare to increasing privacy. Let’s take a look at some of the top reasons consumers are turning to this option more and more often.
Keep your home safe with one way glass film
There are many things you can do to keep your home safer from burglary, including preventing outside eyes from seeing inside. When used on exterior windows, one way glass film allows you to see outside clearly but prevents others from seeing inside. Would-be thieves will have no idea when you’re home – or when your office is occupied – which makes them much less likely to attempt a break in.
Ensure your privacy is maximized
What do you do when you have a beautiful view out your bedroom or office window? Many people believe they have only two options: cover up the window – and the view – with heavy draperies to keep prying eyes out or keep the window in but give up privacy. One way glass film gives you a third option. You can see out crystal clear yet others can’t see in. Let the light shine in and brighten up your home, keep your view, and enjoy the location of your home or office – without feeling like you’re on display.
See a significant savings on your utility bills
It’s common for homeowners and business owners to not realize how much harder their air conditioners have to work to cool a space when the sun is streaming in the window. Using window films can significantly reduce your utility bills during the warmer days of the year. This simple product can save some people up to 50% off their cooling costs, depending on the size and type of windows in their home or office.
Reduce glare on computer screens or televisions
Anyone who’s worked in an office without films, or tried to watch TV in the middle of the afternoon in a sunny room, knows who aggravating glare can be. It can cause headaches, make it virtually impossible to see what’s on the screen or TV, and be a huge distraction. The good news is that two way films can significantly reduce or even eliminate this glare.
Get rid of hot spots once and for all
Most homes, whether new or old, have hot spots. This refers to areas of the home that are significantly warmer than other areas. For some, it may literally be a spot – one small section of the home – while for others it may be an entire room. Often these hot spots are caused by the patterns of sunshine into a home. Window films can help prevent it.
Make your windows closer to shatterproof
Finally, consider that when you add films to your windows, it increases their strength. While it won’t necessarily make them completely shatterproof, it will significantly increase their ability to withstand being cracked or broken.
This is only a partial list of the reasons one way window films are an excellent choice for your home or business.
There are several reasons why you should consider investing in commercial window film. Today, the purpose is to explore six common factors that indicate your business needs to invest in commercial window film. Let’s get started!
1. Asset Deterioration
The sun’s ultra-violet rays are the primary contributor to fade and deterioration of furniture, carpets, upholstery, wood flooring, and even artwork. This can significantly depreciate the value of your assets, leading to loss of hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars if you tried to sell or donate your faded furnishings.
Fortunately, you can preserve the value of your assets by installing window film, which eliminates over 99% of harmful ultra-violet rays.
2. Excessive Glare and Brightness
Window film will reduce the sun’s annoying glare, thereby minimizing the excessive light that makes you squint your eyes. It will also enrich the visual quality of your view. With window film, the sky will look more attractive and blue. Likewise, the trees and grass will have a greener, healthier look.
Generally, the outdoors will just feel easy on your eyes. On top of that, window film allows you to open your window treatments much wider than ever before. Your glare issues will be significantly reduced, leaving you with a priceless view.
3. Unwanted Graffiti
Graffiti is among the most frustrating forms of vandalism on business premises. It can subject you to an unending cycle of washing, painting, repainting, and even worse, replacing the entire window when the graffiti proves hard to remove. In such situation, anti-graffiti window film would be your ideal solution.
Anti-graffiti window film is inexpensive and easy to install, and it will instantly create a protective layer for your windows.
4. High-Energy Costs
The heat from the sun is so hot that it results in more power being needed to maintain a comfortable working environment. In fact, even cars consume more gas when the air-conditioning system is on. This translates to high-energy bills. In this case, you need high-performance window films that will repel heat and insulate your windows efficiently without limiting visibility.
5. Compromised Privacy
Everyone wants to enjoy personal privacy in the sanctity of their workplace. That’s exactly what you get from installing window film. You’ll enjoy personal privacy all day, every day, at the same time adding a beautiful neutral exterior appearance. Neighbors, strangers, as well as service personnel, won’t be able to snoop on your daily activities from outside.
6. Frequent Window Shattering
If your window is prone to shattering by incidences beyond your control, like falling branches during a storm, playing children, or vandalism, then you should consider installing security window film. The window film will hold strong against the smashing and minimize the amount of glass that actually splits and falls onto the floor.
An easier clean-up and replacement situation is far much better to handle compared to the standard shattered window.
Today, we have more reasons than ever to use some kind of window treatment. From heat rejection and harmful ultra-violet ray’s protection, to the extra safety and security of commercial window films, having window films installed on your premises is a smart investment.
With all of the benefits that window film offers to homeowners and businesses – energy efficiency, glare reduction and lower utility bills being a few – it’s amazing that more people haven’t embraced window film in their homes.
Fortifying Your Home
This is even more surprising in light of the fact that window film can make your home safer in two ways. Window film itself can have a dimming effect that prevents would-be burglars from peering inside your home, which lowers the probability that your home will be a prime candidate for home invasion.
Window film protects you in another way as well: Window film greatly enhances the chances that your windows will be protected against shattering. These are even window films out there marketed as “shatterproof” that use laminated film in order to protect homeowners against home invasions and even earthquakes.
Window Film and Earthquakes
Californians know the havoc that earthquakes can wreak on homes and businesses. Shattered windows and thousands in lost merchandise can sometimes pale in comparison to the irreplaceable damage that earthquakes can leave in their wake.
While window film can’t entirely protect against earthquakes or the sun’s UV rays, shatterproof window film can come pretty close. Window film can block 99% of the sun’s UV rays, which have been linked to cancer and melanoma, and even work to prevent the lion’s share of window damage related to earthquakes.
As proof, California news agencies recently covered the 7.2 earthquake that decimated local homes and businesses. Nearly everyone in the earthquake’s way suffered some window damage…except windows protected with shatterproof window film.
Store owners were elated that their merchandise didn’t get compromised and homeowners were even more surprised that their homes remained relatively untouched.
Mechanics of Shatterproof Film
A University of California-San Diego team of researchers later studied how shatterproof window film was able to weather the powerful earthquake. It turns out that the shock absorbers and adhesives in shatterproof window film offered much-needed protection against the quake’s otherwise devastating effects.
In an isolated study that definitely shouldn’t be repeated anywhere but in a safe lab environment, researchers even set off a bomb to test the resilience of shatterproof window film. Guess what happened? The shatterproof window film kept the window fully intact whereas the unprotected window was blown to smithereens.
Shatterproof Film and Safety
The implications from this study are pretty profound. If you have a family and you’re looking to do anything in your power to keep them safe, then shatterproof window film might be the missing link to bolstering your home security.
The fact that shatterproof window film protects your window from blowing apart following an earthquake or sudden impact means that you won’t have to shell out more money later for a window replacement.
Windows that have an added buffer against shattering also translate to less time spent cleaning up broken glass later on. These are huge benefits as anyone who’s tried to pick up tiny shards of glass knows…or tried to pick up the pieces and order new windows following a severe earthquake.
The Lucky One Percent
In several studies testing the resilience of window film against heavy impacts, less than one percent of windows suffered appreciable damage. Keeping on that one percent number, you want to know something truly shocking?
Fewer than one percent of homes and offices around the country are equipped with shatterproof window film.
This is even more surprising in light of the fact that window film’s costs are affordable to begin with, and made even more affordable with energy-efficiency tax credits. Maybe your home could benefit from shatterproof film…
Window film has many benefits, including UV protection for the interior of your home, improved resistance to heat transfer, and glare reduction. Many window film customers don’t realize that this amazing product has one more important benefit, however: It can deter criminals and even prevent them from gaining access to your home.
Here are a few benefits of window film that actually help to protect your home from criminals, as well as sunlight and heat:
Window Film Makes Your Windows Shatter Resistant. One of the biggest advantages to window film is that it makes your windows shatter resistant. It does this because the film is strong enough to hold the glass together if it breaks, much like when someone tapes a cracked window to help give it stability. The advantage with window film is that it covers the entire window, of course, holding the entire piece of glass together.
Not only is this beneficial if something hits one of your windows by accident, such as a ball, but it also minimizes the damage and cleanup if a vandal deliberately throws something like a rock or an egg at your windows.
Window Film Makes It Harder for Criminals to Get In. In addition to preventing your windows from shattering in case of vandalism, window film can actually help to keep intruders out. When a burglar tries to break your window in order to get into your house, the window film holds the glass together, making his job altogether much more difficult. Because most criminals are looking for an easy job, when even getting into a house proves harder than anticipated, they are more likely to give up before they succeed in getting through the window.
Window Film Can Make It Harder for Criminals to See In. Unlike the window tint you typically see on cars, a lot of the window film on house windows is clear instead of darkened. However, you can also get other types of window film, such as that with a slight tint or even a mirrored effect. This makes it more difficult for would-be burglars to see into your home in order to scope it out, and generally they won’t try to break in unless they actually see and verify that there is something of value inside.
If home security is a concern for you, window film should definitely be a consideration. With its ability to reduce the damage and cleanup from damage, or deter or possibly even prevent criminals from gaining access to the inside of your home, window film should no longer be considered simply a cosmetic improvement.
Here’s a short video clip of Mark doing his best to smash through a window treated with safety and security window film. How many times do you think a rock can be thrown at the window before it totally shatters? Take a look and find out!