Tint Tips September/October 2018August 2nd, 2021 by Bryan
The Shelf Life of Security Films
By Jake Oberle
According to a 2016 report from the Department of Justice, in the United States, approximately 1.9 percent (2.6 million) of all households experienced a burglary and 7 percent (9.3 million) experienced a theft¹. Approximately 58 percent of burglars use forcible entry to gain access through a door or window causing an average property loss of $2,361².
There are many safety and security window films and attachment systems that make breaking and entering difficult by utilizing a clear, flexible, multi-layer film that helps keep the window in the frame even when the glass breaks. Recent testing has shown that ne such product can deter an unwanted individual for as long as two minutes.
The main purpose of security window films is to ensure safety by holding the glass together in the event of a break-in or severe weather. Overall, product selection is key, and consumers should purchase security window films that are backed by a comprehensive warranty, certified installation company, and trusted manufacturer. In order for the films to perform to the best of their ability, the correct installation practices must be followed so the window film is properly adhered to the window surface without bubbles or peeling. Furthermore, the window itself must also be crack- and damage-free before the installation occurs.
When cared for correctly, the life of security films can span up to 20 years, providing the same strength as the day it was installed from a performance perspective. The timeline of efficacy depends on the care and maintenance that the film is subjected to on a regular basis. To ensure optimal performance and increased lifespan, both home and business owners should follow proper cleaning practices. Once installed, window film owners should refer to the specific product warranty for additional cleaning and care instructions. So, dealers, don’t forget to pass on this important information to the homeowner or business owner.
As most security window films are typically effective for up to 20 years, they do not need to be replaced frequently unless damage occurs. However, if the film begins to show signs of wear, such as peeling from the glass or if bubbles appear, it will not perform properly and could decrease the film’s protection properties. If these issues occur, the window film should be replaced as soon as possible to ensure performance. Be sure to check with the manufacturers as some of these issues are covered in the warranty. Moreover, if any glass breaks or the film and the attachment system separate, the security window film should be replaced as soon as possible, as it is no longer effective.
Hopefully this information helps you the next time you are selling the benefits of security film for any application.
Jake Oberle is the U.S. marketing supervisor for 3M Window Film and Architectural Finishes.
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