Even if your home or business has a security system in place, there are plenty of quick “in-and-out” thieves that can escape with your valuables before your security company can act. However, you can counteract this deficiency in your security system by installing security film on doors and windows and letting them work together with your alarm to keep you and your possessions safe.
Security film, depending on its thickness, has the ability to keep glass intact in all kinds of situations where it would normally shatter, from thieves with a piece of metal to small caliber bullets. By installing it on your windows, you can hold off a potential thief and give your security company time to act. Ultimately, security film gives you a better chance of either catching or deterring criminals from breaking into your home or business.
Security film can also be applied to mirrors in bathrooms, tabletops, and any other flat, non-porous surface. This can protect from all kinds of vandalism, such as graffiti and carving.
While most security film is clear, there are new tinted options on the market that also reject heat and keep your building cool. There is no standard price for film, but the number of layers used to make the film usually dictates the cost. The thicker the film, the more protection it provides.
With thicknesses starting at 4mm and increasing up to 21mm, most government buildings are required to use an 8-10mm film in order to secure the facility against terrorism, even hurricanes and other weather phenomena. 21mm film is extreme; it’s about as thick and as strong as a credit card, able to stop even small caliber bullets.
If you need help choosing the appropriate film, we can help you find the most cost effective option that meets your needs.
We first ask for measurements of any windows that will have the film installed. This allows us to precut the film within one inch of the size necessary, which reduces dirt and contamination under the film during installation. Exact sizes are necessary to create the best result possible. We’ll either provide a worksheet that you can fill out or we can have one of our team members come out and measure it for you.
Once we have the precut film we come to your location and clean the interior windows, removing any debris. There will always be some dirt present due to the glazing style of architectural glass.
We then prep for placement by spraying the window with a special solution comprised of water, alcohol, and soap. The film is also sprayed with this solution and is then placed on the glass. Excess solution is squeegeed out and then we ensure a perfect fit, trimming any excess film where necessary. We squeegee one more time to ensure that all excess solution has been removed.
It will take about 30 days for the water solution between the glass and film to dissipate. NEVER clean the film with ammonia based products. To lengthen the life of your film and ensure it’s performance, <b>use ammonia free glass cleaners only!</b>
A lock or adhesive system will be necessary to hold the window in place in case the window ever breaks. Failure to anchor the film to the window glazing unit will leave the film ineffective, which means the glass will fall out in one large sheet.
Many commercial insurance policies will cover the inside of a body of glass from damage, such as a glass door or a storefront window, but will not cover the outside of the body of glass, which is most typically the area being vandalized. This means that most insurance policies won’t cover spray paint on your glass windows if it hasn’t happened within the building.
This leaves you responsible to repair the damage out of your own pocket. Anti-vandal security film will protect windows and glass doors from scratches, including keys and screwdrivers, graffiti and other kinds of defacement damage. It is easily removable, leaving no damage to the window and can be replaced with new anti-vandal security film just as easily.
We give a one year warranty through Team Acme Inc. This includes edge or film failure of any kind due to film defects or instillation error. It does not include scratches from daily use or damage inflicted directly to the film. Once the one year warranty ends, the manufacturer’s lifetime warranty comes into effect. For details, please See the manufacturer’s warranty. Warranties are non-transferable.
If you’re tired of dealing with acts of vandalism or want to further protect your home or business from break-ins, get an online quote for security film installation or give us a call at (702) 566-8326.