I am getting a number of Spokane people asking about 3M Safety and Security window tint. With all the smash and grab problems going on in Spokane, including the latest 2 jewelry store break ins, these are very relevant products. In your home or business they add an extra security that is comforting to have. Thieves figure they have maybe 10-15 minutes after an alarm goes off before the police arrive. So they smash the windows, grab what they can in 2 – 3 minutes and skidaddle. The Security film either stops them entirely from getting in the location or slows them down enough that getting out of there soon becomes the priority. The critical fact here is that we are at least buying more time for the police to get there.
3M has three different kinds of Safety and Security films. Their STANDARD SAFETY FILMS come in 4 mil to 14 mil with an extra thick adhesive to hold the glass together lending structural security. The thicker the better for security purposes. The problem is that the thicker you go you start to lose clarity. Thus the next level of Security film. ULTRA PROTECTION SERIES. This film has a multiple micro layer construction. Kudos to 3M (the inventors of window tint) again for their technological innovation. This film has been described as “like it is woven together”. The result is thinner film with the tensile strength of thicker film. It comes as ULTRA 400 (4 mil) and ULTRA 600 (6 mil). The 4 mil has tensile strength like 6 mil Security film and the 6 mil has tensile strength more like 8 or 9 mil film. So you have good clarity and very good resistance to tearing and penetration. I think this film is the best option for homes and a good option for businesses as well.
The Lexus of Security film is the ULTRA PRESTIGE SERIES. This film has great clarity, has a version that is optically clear, is a 4 mil multi layer film (over 200 layers, WHAT TECHNOLOGY!) has very good tensile strength to resist tearing and penetration, yet also has great heat reduction. (reduces 92+% of infra-red). This has been described as “the heat you feel”. (BTW At our new, very cool showroom at 8710 E Appleway Blvd in the Spokane Valley – check out the WATERFALL! - we have infra-red heat lamps that demonstrate this heat reduction dramatically. The display, samples and related specs are very helpful in determining which is the right film for your purposes, whether they be for Security,heat reduction, privacy films, or decorative films. There is also a looping video that shows Security film withstanding a real bomb blast).
Finally there is an add-on extra security option. 3M IMPACT PROTECTION ATTACHMENT SYSTEMS – There is still a potential problem with break-ins even after having the right Security film. That is, someone can pound on the window with a hammer and then if he has enough time (which is questionable) he can pry open a potentially loose side of the window caused by the pounding. The 2 different attachment systems are for the purpose of keeping the edges of the windows attached to the frame. The first is 3M IMPACT PROTECTION ADHESIVE. It is applied around the frame to bond the glass, window film and frame together. The second Attachment system is the 3M IMPACT PROTECTION PROFILE. This offers the same protection as the adhesive but also offers a clean, factory-finished appearance to the window.
Take the above steps and your home or business will definitely be more secure from intruders and you will be able to rest more easily.