The many benefits of an unseen product
Window film began as a means of stopping glass from flying around after terrorist attacks in Britain during the early 1970s. Today, window film is used for the purposes of workplace safety, building security, glare reduction, thermal reduction and privacy.
Technological advances in the 1990s meant manufacturers could offer more applications for window film. Window films can be installed at your facility without a need for specialized tools or training; however, correct installation can be something of an art to ensure the window film is bubble-free.
Window film for safety
Earthquakes can shake a building to the point where the windows will actually explode, sending glass flying in every direction. With window film properly installed, the window will break but not fly around. A worst-case scenario is that a window might come out of the frame but will remain in one piece. Casualties from normal day-to-day accidents will also be reduced, as the window film holds the glass in place.
Security window film
Window film – much like alarm monitoring systems has become an important tool in the fight against thieves and terrorism. Smash-and-grab thievery has been eliminated to a large extent by window film, since burglars can only break the glass but cannot get into the facility. Films can protect you from something as small as a flying brick and as large as the devastation wrought by a bomb.
Window film for glare reduction
Window film can help maintain workers' comfort by cutting the glare of the sun, which can be very distracting. This could be critical on a production line, or in a lab, where everyone needs to be focused without distractions.
Thermal reduction window film
The sun's heat can stress older windows and cause them to crack or even break. Window film will reduce the sun's ultraviolet radiation by up to 99 percent and can reduce solar heat by almost 80 percent. Many films will also reflect as much as 35 percent of heat back into the room.
Privacy window film
Window film can act as a barrier, blocking prying eyes for matters of security. Privacy window film can look like frosted glass in a bathroom or opaque like a banker's office window - still letting in some light in, but keeping the privacy you need.
Decorative window film
Many companies use film for nothing more than coloring their windows. Automobiles are the largest user of window films for decoration [PDF], according to the International Window Film Association. Stained glass window film and film decals for glass are an economical method of sprucing up your vehicle (although keep in mind that local laws may limit your ability to cover your car windows).