The commercial protective films is very effective against burglary and explosive damage but does not prevent breakage of the glass. Its effectiveness is dependent on the quality of the installation, the strength of the original support and its carpentry and obviously the means used to enter the premises.
A conventional ITD solar commercial protective films (38, 50 or 75 microns thick) will already have a security effect since it retains fragments of broken glass if the impact is not too great.
A 100 micron film is a very effective burglar-proofing device in buildings (housing, professional buildings and vehicles) and sometimes it is enough to deter intruders.
A commercial protective films of 175 microns requires very significant destructive efforts and is often stronger than the carpentry that wears it!
The film has the very important advantage of being infinitely lighter than laminated glass, of being quick and easy to implement and not requiring a change of joinery.
WILL THE SECURITY FILM PREVENT GLASS BREAKAGE?
No, it does not prevent breakage of glass, but it prevents glass splashes when a glass explodes; this protects people and considerably reduces accidents due to glass chips.
IS THE FILM AVAILABLE IN GREATER WIDTH?
Most movies are available in 1.83m wide. These rollers (30ml) “extra large” can avoid connections to glazing whose dimensions are greater than 1.52m.
For availability and rates, contact us.
CAN THE FILM BREAK THE GLASS?
Glass is a fragile material. It can break for 5 different reasons:
thermal shock: because of the absorption of solar radiation
its weight: the heavier a window is, the more fragile it is
excessive bending: caused by wind
the impact: violent contact with an object, a balloon, hail …
torsion: usually caused by a compaction of the window or the building
Only the first reason, thermal shock, can be attributed to the application of the commercial protective films. Indeed, the film significantly increases the heating of a glazing exposed to the sun. However, the risk of thermal breakage is not so much increased by the heating itself, as by a difference in temperature at 2 points of the same glazing. The thermal shock is caused in most cases by a partial shading of the window: by blinds, by a shadow, by the presence of stickers, or the bad location of an air-conditioned cold air intake. In addition, the different types of glass have varying absorption rates infra-red (tempered glass, annealed glass, clear glass, tinted glass) and therefore very variable tolerances. We are able to recommend one type of film for each application;
WILL WINDOW FILM KILL MY PLANTS?
In most cases, a houseplant that receives relatively little light will not be affected after the application of a window film. During the first days, growth and flowering will probably slow down as the plant adapts to the change of light. On the other hand, a plant that usually wilts at the end of a sunny day will develop better after applying film.
The easiest way to predict the reaction of a plant to the laying of film is to move this plant in a shaded room. You can also adapt the location of a plant to its need for light: a plant with dark green leaves needs less light than a plant with light green leaves, among other tips that can be given by horticulturists and garden centers.
DO WINDOW FILMS PREVENT FABRIC DISCOLORATION?
The discoloration of tissues is caused by several factors:
- The ultra-violet
- Visible light
- heat and humidity
- Chemical vapors
- The age of the fabric
- The quality of the dyeing
A single glazing (3 to 6 mm) discharges 23 to 28% of UV rays from the sun. An insulating glass is slightly more efficient: it rejects between 36 and 46%. A solar protection film rejects 95 to 99%.
Clear glazing of different types discharges between 13 and 29% of the solar heat. The same glazing treated with a protective film, can reject 80%.
No window film can eliminate discoloration. What films can do is slow it down by limiting the aggressions of UV and heat.
CAN I CLEAN A GLAZED WINDOW WITH A STEAM CLEANER?
We strongly advise against it because the heat is too important and risks to take off the film.