A good quality window film such as 3M will last 15 to 20 years or more, depending on several factors: (1) the type of film applied, (2) the type of glass the film was applied to, (3) the particular climate in which it was applied. Most window films are warranted lifetime for the original residential customer and 10 to 15 years for commercial applications when installed on the interior glass.
What is fading?
Fading is a complex issue because each and every material has a different propensity to degrade from exposure to ultra violet radiation and other contributory factors. For example, wood is extremely vulnerable to fading, from sunlight (both visible and invisible light effect fading). Different types of hard wood floors have varying tolerance levels to fading from exposure to sunlight. Dyes, especially fabric dyes, are complex chemical molecules that are very sensitive to UV light. UV rays break up the chains of these molecules, changing their color, resulting in what we call “fading.” Although most fading is caused by UV light there are other contributing factors, such as visible light, heat, humidity, artificial lighting, and poor dye anchorage. Window film is used to filter out up to 99.9% of the UV light and up to 79% of the heat; these are two of the major factors that contribute to fading.
NOTE: It is important to stress that no window film or glazing product will totally prevent or stop fading.
Will 3M window film stop my furniture from fading?
Nothing completely stops fading. 3M films are designed to help reduce the major causes of fading (ultra violet light, visible light, and solar heat), thus prolonging the life of your furnishings.
The ultra violet (UV) protection used in 3M proprietary adhesive system is indefinite. It does not lose its effectiveness over time. Testing done after 10 years showed the ultra violet transmission to be <1%.
Is it safe to film dual pane windows?
Yes. 3M has designed window films that are safe for dual pane glass. Ask about warranties available thru 3M that will match your existing window warranty.
Sun Control Films are designed to reduce the amount of solar heat transmission through window glass by increasing solar reflection (not necessarily visible reflection) and solar absorption through the glass.
Reflective films have been precision coated with metals. These metalized films are designed to increase the solar energy reflection of the glass thus reducing the incoming heat. Reflective films range from moderate to excellent in solar performance. With today’s increased energy costs window film can help to reduce your energy bill while increasing your comfort.
The new 3M Prestige nano-technology window films reduce up to 66% of the total solar energy without being metalized and are optically clear. These films have been designed not to interfere with cell phones or satellite radios.
Does window film provide privacy?
Daytime privacy is possible depending on the film selected and the configuration of the windows in the room. Solar control films do not provide nighttime privacy. Complete privacy is available with decorative films.
Can window film eliminate annoying glare?
Yes, depending on the film selected. there are two types of glare, indirect glare and direct glare. Indirect glare might be a reflected glare off a car, building, cement patio, or swimming pool. This type of glare is fairly easy to solve. Direct glare is seeing the direct sunlight this requires a much darker film.
How do Safety and Security Films work?
Safety and Security Films are made with thicker polyester than standard films and a much thicker more aggressive adhesive system. These films are designed to make glass shatter resistant by holding the glass pieces together when broken.
How do I clean my 3M window film?
After thirty (30) days, you may clean 3M films using normal household cleaning solutions, including ammonia based products: i.e. Windex, and a soft, lint-free cloth or towel. You may also use a squeegee to clean the films. Abrasive products which would scratch or damage the film should not be used.
How would window film affect my house plants?
Generally speaking, the application of window film will not have any adverse affect on the growth of most indoor plants. In some cases where plants are in constant direct sunlight for long periods of time the plant may actually thrive after film is installed.
It may be wise to consult your local nursery for advice in the case of exotic plants.