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  • How Does Window Film Protect Your Home?

     In Decorative, Security

    Window film is a self-adhesive, polyester coating that can be installed on home windows to serve a variety of functions. With many different types of residential window film on the market, there is sure to be one to meet your needs.

    Window film can provide affordable solutions to many of the architectural and design challenges your home is facing. From adding privacy or reducing glare, to protecting your furnishings or lowering your energy bills … window film can help.

    Solar Window Film

    Solar films have come a long way since they first entered the market. The original dye-based films inefficiently absorbed solar energy at the glass level, reducing the amount of solar heat that entered. They helped enhance interior comfort, but they didn’t work as well as the films on the market today.

    Now many films are designed using reflective technology. Today’s reflective films are coated with metals, which help to increase the window’s reflective properties. Therefore, instead of absorbing the energy like dye-based films did, the sun’s energy bounces off the glass. This makes reflective films more efficient in reducing the level of heat allowed in to your home from the sun. In its films, 3M uses multi-layer technology to further increase reflectivity, coupled with absorption to further reduce the amount of heat entering through glass.

    The adhesive layer that holds the film to the window also serves a function. It includes ultraviolet protection, which protects skin, furnishings and flooring from sun damage. Applying 3M film to your windows, for example, is like wearing SPF 1000. Solar films can be tinted or clear, like 3M’s Prestige Series Films. Many films are Skin Cancer Foundation approved products.

    Safety & Security Film

    Safety and security films provide an invisible layer of protection to your home. Designed to increase the shatter-resistance of window glass, they keep broken glass together after impact. Compared to solar control window films, most safety and security films are manufactured with a stronger adhesive system. The increased thickness of most safety and security films also makes it more tear-resistant.

    By keeping broken glass in place, safety and security films, like 3M’s, help to mitigate injuries associated with flying pieces of broken glass in the event of a wayward baseball, a forced entry or even a bomb blast. By keeping broken glass in place, these films also help to deter intruders from breaking in. They’re a great way to protect your windows — a vulnerable entry point to your home — and keep your family safe.

    Decorative Film

    Decorative film can transform any space while provide an affordable solution to your interior design needs. The durable polyester films transform plain glass to provide the same advantages of custom decorative glass at a fraction of the cost.

    Top decorative film brands, like 3M, provide long-lasting films that are easily removed for when you’re ready for an aesthetic change. 3M offers a variety of design patterns and colors to allow for design solutions for any space. They can be used to add a design element to an area or increase your privacy without blocking natural light from shinning in. They’re a great option for bathroom or laundry room windows, shower doors, balconies and more.

    To learn more about 3M™ Window Film, contact Accent Distributing.

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