Existing glass, with the exception of tempered glass, is typically not designed to resist wind-blown debris, vandalism, forced entry, explosions, falls, or any other kind of event that puts sudden and undue force upon the glass. If a pane of glass shatters it can break into deadly shards endangering anyone in the vicinity.
Most glass injuries are caused by accident with people inadvertently colliding with glass panes. While modern windows and panes are typically made out of tempered glass, there is still a vast amount of easily breakable, unsafe glass. Fortunately, there is a solution. If you own a building or house with unsafe glass, or glass that you have reason to believe may be at risk of being attacked by people or the elements, you should consider installing safety or security film on your glass.
Safety film is a coating designed to prevent glass from shattering in the event that it is broken and to safely hold it in place. Available in a variety of strengths, safety film is typically retrofitted to existing windows, forming an invisible protective membrane on the interior side of the glass. When stress, such as an unexpected fall or a deliberate blow causes the glass to break, the film absorbs the energy preventing shards of glass from becoming lethal projectiles, or at least severely mitigating their force.
Security film operates under essentially the same principles as safety film, but protects to a much higher degree. Security film can be used to protect glass from shattering under extraordinary circumstances, protecting windows from breaking during earthquakes, hurricanes, and bomb blasts. While not typically used in residential homes, large commercial structures, especially in areas prone to stress from the elements or attacks by heavily armed vandals and terrorists, can greatly benefit from security film’s added protection.
American Solar Tinting is a leading name in the window and glass tinting and film industry currently, and specializes in the installation and maintenance of safety and security window films that make your windows safe and secure without compromising their clear luster. With 5 convenient locations, glass security is easy with American Solar Tinting.
To get started with the installation of UV blocking window films, call American Solar Tinting at 1.800.969.0100 or visit our contact page.
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Protective Glazing Council International