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3M Layr Security Window Film

The Incredible Safety Benefits of Security Window Film

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With the public so concerned about safety and security these days, it’s really surprising that more people aren’t looking at Security Window Film and its protective features as a major solution. This is an incredibly effective product that cost industrial giants hundreds of millions of dollars to develop. Although Security Window Film is guaranteed, is proven to be effective, meets strict governmental standards, has the required accreditations and enjoys widespread industry support, there is still very little consumer awareness.

How Security Window Film is Made

Security Window Film is made of engineered polyethylene terephthalate and other exotic substrates to create a protective film 3 to 4 times thicker than automotive window tint. It is also fortified with cross-woven layers to prevent it from ripping apart and tearing. 3M, Eastman Chemical and other multi-billion dollar companies now manufacture Security Window Film in clear as well as tinted and frosted variations.

Also referred to as “fragment retention film”, Security Window Film was first installed in the 1970s to protect embassies worldwide from bomb blasts. The US Government has been using it for decades; most notably 3M’s Security Window Film prevented flying glass shards at the Pentagon during the tragic events on 9/11. Other high-profile structures that have the film installed include the White House, Sears Tower, Grand Central Terminal, the George Brown Building and many others.

The Highly Technical Installation Process

The film is first cut to measure before being professionally installed, which is usually on the interior of glass doors and windows. Installed with special tools and adhesives, the film creates an airtight mechanical bond. Once bonded – after repeated impacts or an explosion, the film will hold the broken glass together without allowing any shards to escape. For added security, the glass and film can be secured to the window frame using an attachment system that will hold the frame, glass, and window together during a blast. This security upgrade creates a federal-grade, shatter-resistant shield on glass doors and windows.

Other Benefits of Security Window Film

This protective shield offers many other safety and security benefits aside from bomb blast protection:

Prevents and deters burglaries
Protects businesses from smash and grab robberies
Protects property from flying debris and water during windstorms and hurricanes
The list goes on and on
Security Window Film basically keeps bad people, bad weather and other bad things from getting inside a building. Additionally, this protective film retains the core benefits of sun-control film, which first became widely used in the early 2000s:

Blocks dangerous UV rays, which can cause cancer and fade interiors
Reduces uncomfortable hot spots inside the building
Tinted versions reduce the transfer of solar energy while improving privacy
Lowers energy use and the added cost of air conditioning