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When considering window film for your home, it’s critical to have these questions answered before committing to any window film product or installation company. For starters, there are a number of quality window film products on the market. Be confident that you would be happy with a number of film products installed correctly by a skillful installer.
10 important questions homeowners should when considering window film
….and WFD answers
3M & WFD Installation, Toro, Cape Cod, Massachusettes Jan 2013
1. Do the products you offer come with a manufacturer’s warranty?
Yes. All residential films we offer come with a written lifetime film warranty and insurance policy for your glass. Some customers are more confident with a lifetime warranty from a trusted manufacturer like 3M. We agree.
2. What are the important differences between film products?
Components matter. The construction of the film determines its look, durability and performance. Inexpensive films with cheaper components (dyed or low quality polyester) can end up costing you greatly in the long run if the film needs to be replaced prematurely.
3. Do you offer quality film choices at different price points?
Yes, often times the “Cadillac” option is not the best film option for your need or your budget. WFD provides quality good better best options. Prices can range from 6-10$ per square foot depending on the project goals of the installation.
4. Will you install samples on my windows if requested?
Yes. Window films often appear lighter once installed on glass. It’s a good idea to have film choices sampled at your home so that there are no surprises upon final installation.
5. Who will be coming to my house to install the film?
The installer in your home is the most important piece of the project. WFD employs professional installers who are well trained, respectful and have a stake in every installation performed.
6. What is the installation process and do I need to prepare in any way before the appointment?
The installation will require the installer to clean the windows prior to applying the film, cut the film to size, and apply the film to the glass. The edges are trimmed and water bubbles squeegeed out. Your job is to remove any valuables and furniture away from the windows to allow for ease of access.
7. What complaints, if any, do past customers have?
Fortunately, WFD educates the homeowner so that most installations are flawless. However, homeowners ultimately choose the film and can choose a film that is lighter than our recommended solution. Our recommendation: When in doubt, choose the slightly darker film.
8. How do I care for the film once installed?
It’s easy. Wash your windows as you normally would, but make sure to wait 30 days from date of installation to allow for the film to fully dry, or cure. Also, do not use razor blades on the film surface.
9. What’s the worst thing that can happen with my installed film?
Glass breakage. It’s rare, but heat build up on double pane windows can cause a window to ‘fail’, or break. If you don’t have a warranty with the film installation company that insures you against glass breakage, you’ll have an expensive problem on your hands. All WFD installations automatically include this important insurance.
10. Who do I call if there there is a problem?
WFD has a dedicated customer service agent, Tracey Coleman, who makes sure your issue is resolved in a professional, timely manner. I stand behind every installation of our film and am responsible for your ultimate satisfaction.
WFD Service Team
From my point of view, the experience of the installer is the most important aspect of a successful window film project. Properly installed, you should enjoy 10-15 years worth of sun control and safety benefits from your window film installation.
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“We felt like it was best to just lock the school down and not let any kids outside or anyone inside just until we got the situation under control,” said Police Chief Tommy Dawson. Read the full article
Security Window Films: An Important Part of a Layered Defense Plan
Security window film retro-fits should be considered as part of any safety plan where ‘forced entry’ mitigation is identified as a priority. Installed properly on existing glass, security window film impedes entry into a building, home or storefront through windows and doors providing for enhanced reaction times. “Buying time” with secured glass leads directly to increased occupant safety and reduced loss of inventory & critical assets.
Film Basics & Professional Recommendations : Security Window Films 101
In general, ‘safety’ or ‘security’ films are constructed with tough layers of high-grade polyester creating a thick laminate of 4 to 14 mils. The films are installed on the interior surface of existing glass and adhered with a strong, glue-like backing. The film application process is similar to the mechanics of wallpapering, but on glass surfaces. The films are installed using a water and soap solution - not a paste – and take up to 30-60 days to fully cure before dry.
Most security films are impregnated with UV inhibitors to guard against the sun’s harmful UV radiation, protecting the film laminate and adhesive backing from degradation over time. Most film manufacturers offer strong product warranties of 10-15 years when installed by a certified technician.
Applied on the interior surface of window, door and lobby glass, these films are safe to clean with commercial cleaners and are available in clear (near invisible) and tinted versions. Tinted security films offer visual security as well as physical protection by creating one-way visibility through glass from the interior view (see below image). During the daytime, building occupants are able to view out through doors and windows without being seen from the exterior.
High quality security films can be installed by certified professionals for as little as 6-10$ per square foot of glass treated. Costs will vary depending on gauge of film, whether an attachment or anchoring system is used and the size and scope of the installation project. Security film with anchoring systems (described below) costs between 10-18$ psf , can typically be installed off hours and within a day or two once turn-key crews arrive on site.
What Security Films Will Not Do:
Security window films will not strengthen, keep from breaking or make glass ‘bullet proof‘. The best way to describe the performance of installed security window films is to compare the results to the performance of a broken windshield after a car collision. Upon impact, the glass will break, but the shards of glass are kept together through the lamination process – often times held in place – protecting occupants from glass fragmentation.
For ‘forced entry’ events, security window films are proven to significantly slow access through glass, buying time for occupants to respond. Often, criminals confronted with secured glass flee the scene once realizing that entry to the space is unexpectedly impeded (see videos).
Maximum Protection Window Film Systems
For enhanced protection, Window Film Depot recommends that clients and security professionals have security films anchored to the window frame with either a structural caulk, like 3M’s IPA system or a mechanical attachment system, like the ‘no-bar’ system developed by Hanita Coatings from Israel (pictured below).
The film-with-anchor system increases overall performance by making it substantially more difficult to gain entrance through a window or door opening once the glass is shattered by impact. With this two part film-with-anchor system, the broken glass with security film applied is fastened to the frame making access to the space considerably more difficult to gain.
When considering security window films as part of your safety plan, it’s critical to understand the benefits as well as the limitations of these important products. The best designed system retro-fitted properly to your existing windows and doors is an important layer of defense effective at its primary purpose – buying time.
“Jeff – I want to let you know BG’s experience with Window Film Depot was exceptional. The installation was flawless; the crews were professional, quick, and accommodating -so thank you! Considering BG Group Place is 1 of 2 LEED Platinum certified buildings in the US the passion you have for what you do was impressive and gave us confidence in WFD ability to get the job done. The film looks great on our beautiful building, our employees and executives were happy with the service provided, the price quoted, and of course the end result of a great installation. It was our pleasure to award the bid the Window Film Depot and we would highly recommend your services. You’re entire crew was a joy to work with, so thanks again Jeff. All the Best to you and Window Film Depot
To expand on our earlier conversation. Krissy has been a life saver for us! You have a great one helping us on this and I am attempting to move more business your way because of her excellent communication and execution.
I have also sent her name into JLL as a great contact for other JLL projects as well. I am extremely impressed with Window Film Depot.” Rob Mote, Project Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle
“In the 22 years I have been with the company, I have been involved in many projects with various companies. Your partnership, follow up, and attention to excellence has been amazing. You truly have been the best company I have worked with. I could not have asked for a better experience. There was never a time a question went unanswered or a situation unaddressed. All I can say is thank you to everyone involved in the process from the beginning all the way through!!!”
Operations VP, Wal-Mart
“Jeff and team: I would like to say. Thank you very much everything went without a hitch. As of the moment knock on wood I have not had one complaint, thank you very much I truly appreciate everything that you guys did to make this a successful project.“
Michael Lopez Engineering Manager, Atlanta Financial Center
“Jeff, Great job overall and customer is satisfied, which is what really matters!
Brian Hakel, Engineer, Siemens Building Technologies, Houston Texas
“Jeff, It was a pleasure to meet with you and review the good work accomplished by your firm. I certainly value the quality of work and winning spirit exhibited by you and your crews. It is not very often that building tenants go out of their way to make it known to me how friendly and professional work crews were while doing their work. My compliments.
I certainly do want your card and will make sure that other PM’s on the floor are aware of the quality work you perform.”
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Wes Phillips, Director of Contracts, City of Houston
Energy Control Measures – Consider High Performance Window Films
To reduce energy usage and costs, you are probably considering many alternatives including building envelope upgrades. Ideally, you’d like to do something proven. That pays back quickly. Something easy to install with minimal disruption. Upgrading with 3M high performance window films can meet these needs while improving your interior comfort and maintaining your buildings’ aesthetics.
Both government and third party consultants recommend window films as a superior energy control measure.
In 2011 the Department of Energy, in conjunction with FEMP (Federal Energy Management Program), ran a study to measure the effectiveness of the top 50 energy conservation technologies in existence today. Window films ranked in the top tier (with only 3 others technologies!) for fastest payback and highest probability of success. Click to see study. (www1.eere.energy.gov/temp/technologies/new_technologies.html)
CONSOL Energy and Environmental Solutions (a leading consulting firm for builders, government agencies, utilities and trade associations) published a study in 2011 that shows window films are the fastest payback technology available for retrofitting homes and commercial buildings for climate zones 1-3. Click to see study. (www.consol.ws/index.php)
Both the US House and the Senate recognized the value of window films by including them in the HomeStar Bill in 2011. The bill would have offered rebates for installing window films, but has not been implemented due to budget cuts.
3M inventedwindow films in 1966 and has spent decades developing them. They are the proven leader in providing window films that reduce energy costs and improve interior comfort.
Depending on your climate zone, window films will typically payback in 2-5 years and reduce your annual electrical usage by 5-10%. The CONSOL study showed paybacks for single pane glass in as short as 1.4 years and double pane glass in 2.1 years!
Window films can save:
$1-2 per sq ft of building space
One ton of a/c for every 100 sq ft of film installed
Unlike replacement windows, new HVAC equipment or even PC power management, window film installation can be done with minimal disruption of your buildings’ tenants and their activities. Window Film Depot has the experience, inventory and locations to make your window film installation a success. We stock every film type for all client needs and have performed more window film installations for homeowners, property managers, retailers and building owners than any other window film company in the US.
Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, our strategically located and fully stocked satellite offices are located to provide service anywhere in the US.
To find out what window films can do for you, call a Window Film Depot representative at 866-933-3456 or contact here.
Be prepared this holiday season…protect your retail store windows from smash & grab theft…reduce inventory loss…we’ve all seen Apple stores broken into by robbers brazenly attempting to steal iPhones and iPads.
Don’t let it happen to your place of business. Make it difficult for looters to gain entry.
Contact Window Film Depot @ 1.866.933.3456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for nationwide sales & installation of 3M Security Window Film
Large buildings in New York just gave a whole new meaning to “take a bite out of the big apple” by consuming quadruple the amount of natural gas, heating oil and electricity as compared to similar structures according to the city’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability report. The report has determined if under performing buildings made the necessary upgrades and/or retrofits to merely obtain a normal level of energy use, New York’s energy consumption would decrease almost 25%.
Lowering utility bills gives building owners a major incentive to make energy upgrades. 3M Window Film can help reduce & control heating bills in the summer and winter, while also meeting GSA requirements for government buildings.
The study also offered insight on the amount of energy buildings used in 2010, discovering over 15,000 buildings reported triple the amount of energy usage when compared to other buildings. To reduce this number, a benchmarking law for individual buildings of over 50,000 square feet and multiple-building properties with a total of more than 100,000 square feet was passed in 2009.
The irony is only about 2 % of New York buildings are covered by the law, yet account for 45 % of all energy used in New York…so it’s safe to say thousands of buildings in New York will require an energy audit.
Window Film Depot provides energy audits and cost estimates for 3M window film installation in New York.
3M Energy Renewable Films, Sun & Solar Control films, Anti-Graffiti and Surface Protection films, 3M Night Vision films, 3M Security films are available in clear and tinted versions, 3M solar control window films often achieve 2-3 year ROI and are built to last. 3M provides a strong commercial warranty and product lifecycle often exceeds 20 years.
The milestone decision to the building code voted on May 31st and effective January 2014, means window film is recognized in California as a building material just like glass or roofing products mainly for retrofit applications. Window film considerably reduces energy spending while reducing harmful effects of glass breakage, glare, UV exposure and interior fading to furnishings and retail storefront inventory.
“This addition to the code is a major step forward for energy efficiency in California, especially when considering the amount of untreated glass in the state in the majority of buildings,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. “The wide application of window film is a simple way to immediately cut utility demand generation and the resulting reduction of peak demand on utilities and greenhouse gases will further the state’s reputation as an environmental leader,” he added.
New requirements to the California building code include NFRC certification label, 10 yr warranty, manufacturing company and meeting installation IWFA standards. In addition, an IWFA sponsored report showed the application of window film to other energy saving methods across California using the same study methods employed by the California Energy Commission concluded many businesses, consumers and homeowners would achieve significant energy savings using 3M PR-70, even more so on single pane glass.
3M solar control window films often achieve 2-3 year ROI and are built to last!
3M Renewable Energy Films are engineered to reduce infra-red and UV transmission with minimal aesthetic change to existing windows and doors. 3M Renewable Energy window films save help money by reducing building energy demand while improving occupant comfort leading to higher tenant retention.
Want to discuss your project with a California Window Film Depot representative? Contact local San Diego resident John Bilotta at 619-308-6019 or Orange County resident Chris Sullivan at 949-201-4040 to help you determine the custom window film solution best suited for your needs.
Window Film Depot CEO Jeff Franson is a member of 3M’s Dealer Advisory Council, a select group who collaborate quarterly with 3M management helping to define strategy to improve customer experiences. In 2006, 2008 and again in 2011 we were named a “3M Dealer of the Year” based on our stellar customer satisfaction reviews and overall business performance