Answers to five common window film questions

In working with a range of window film customers, across commercial, government, educational and residential backgrounds, we have noticed certain common questions: 

1.) How do window films get installed? Authorized window glass coating dealers are trained to install the materials. The materials are applied to the outside or inside of the glass, but more commonly to the interior. There are multiple steps to the process, from preparing the films to be applied to completing the process by removing excess water, trimming the edges and ensuring that all materials have dried.

2.) Can I install window films myself? No. It is not advisable to install window films on your own. It requires trained professionals. 

3.) Does Ultraviolet protection lose its efficacy over time? As 3M states on its website, ultraviolet (UV) protection used in the adhesive system of window films will not last indefinitely. However, the window films should retain their UV deflecting ability for a long time. 

4.) How do 3M Safety Film and 3M Security Window Film work, and what makes them different from other kinds? These types of window film, which hold the glass pieces together, are intended to make the window more shatter-resistant. They are different from other options since they're made from a thicker, more durable adhesive material. Additionally, 3M Ultra Safety & Security Window Films are composed of a micro-layered polyester technology, which make them even more tear resistant. 

5.) Can having window films lower my utility bills? Yes. Heat that comes through your windows increases your utility bill. 3M Window Film "reduces heat gain by up to 79 percent, which helps lower energy consumption."

Contact Michigan Glass Coatings to answer any other questions you have about window films or their installation process. 

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