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What Are Security Films Used For?

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What Are Security Films Used For?

What Are Security Films Used For?

Window film is a polyester sheet with an adhesive backing that is typically retrofitted to existing windows. Homeowners and commercial building owners alike sue window films for a variety of reasons including privacy, solar control, heat control, and security.

That last reason, security, is one of the least talked-about benefits of window film. So here, we’ve decided to write an article dedicated to addressing how security films work and how they might benefit you.

What Are Security Films?

Specifically designed security films are optically clear and visually undetectable, meaning that the window itself, as well as the view out of it, won’t be changed by the application of film. The only difference will show if the glass is ever broken.

Like other types of window film, security film is a made of polyester (polyethylene terephthalate) with an adhesive glue applied to one side. The films are applied to windows just like you’d apply a sticker (it’s a little more complicated than that, but you get the idea). Once applied, high quality films won’t warp, discolour, tear, or peel.

No matter how the glass has been affected; impact from flying objects, stress caused by high winds, attempted burglary, or twisting stress from a moving building, security film will hold the shards together.

Glass can break for a variety of reasons, and broken glass is an obvious hazard. Big windows are especially vulnerable to breaking. Window film’s primary function isn’t to stop the glass from breaking, but rather to hold it together in the event of breakage. No matter how the glass has been affected; impact from flying objects, stress caused by high winds, attempted burglary, or twisting stress from a moving building, security film will hold the shards together.

What Are Security Films Used For?

These films are incredibly resistant to shearing force and have high elasticity and tensile strength. Due to these properties, security films are useful in a variety of situations. There is existing legislation in North America that mandates the use of “safety glazing materials” (window film) for specific types of buildings. The legislation was put in place to protect people from injury due to shattered glass.

Safety film is considered to be superior to traditional wired safety glass for a variety of reasons, you can read more about that by clicking here.

Retail outlets often use security film to prevent break-ins, as potential burglars can’t get through the film without spending far too much time. Households use security film on sliding doors to prevent injury to children or pets, as well as protecting from break-ins.

How Do I Get Started?

Security films, just like solar films and privacy films can be retrofit to virtually any existing window. To decide which options are right for you and your property, you can read more in-depth about security films right here. And as always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions you might have.