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Window Film Myths

Tim TraxlerNews

Window film can be used to address a variety of issues like security, privacy, and energy efficiency. Different window film products offer different functionalities and can be used for residential and commercial spaces! With so many products and applications, inevitably, there are also many misconceptions. We’re here to inform you of some of the most common window film myths to set the information straight.

1. Security window film is bullet resistant.

Many people assume that security window film is bullet resistant or bulletproof. However, this is a common and dangerous misconception. While 3M Safety and Security Window Film can hold broken glass in place should it ever be shattered, it’s not bulletproof. These films are designed to deter forced entry, buy time for occupants to react to a situation and keep the glass in place to prevent injury from flying shards of glass. 3M Safety and Security Window Film can:

  • Deter entry from intruders
  • Buy extra time to react in the event of an emergency
  • Provide added protection in the event of inclement weather, a bomb blast, or a break in

2. Tinted film provides nighttime privacy.

Tinted window film can be used to elevate window privacy during the daytime. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that the level of privacy is highly dependent on the lighting inside and outside of your space. For instance, someone outside your space would not be able to see in, but an occupant of your space could see outside. However, no matter how tinted the film is, it will not provide privacy at night. Because the greater light source is on the inside (in the form of overhead lighting or lamps), it allows those outside to see in. If privacy is your main concern, you may opt for a frosted window film to ensure obscured view no matter the time of day.

3. Window film is easy to install.

Many people think that window film is a DIY home improvement project. However, we advise against it! You’d have to remove the film and start all over again if done incorrectly. This wastes not only time but also money as you’d likely have to purchase more film. Instead, the process is seamless when you rely on a professional installer, like PA Window Tint. It ensures that the film is installed correctly to minimize bubbles and streaks for a long-lasting application. Additionally, when you use a 3M certified installer, you’ll receive a warranty through 3M. If you apply it yourself, a warranty will not cover your film.

4. It will damage my windows.

Another common misconception about window film is that it will damage your windows. However, that is not the case! By choosing a 3M Authorized Prestige Dealer like PA Window Tint, you’ll receive a high-quality product and a professional installation. As members of an elite network of dealers, we are entrusted with 3M’s highest quality products. Backed by over 25 years of experience, PA Window Tint is equipped with the skills and knowledge to provide you with an exceptional, long-lasting installation.

Understanding these window film myths is essential to ensure you’ll make an informed decision when evaluating different window film products. If you have any questions about window film, our team members are ready to work with you to discuss the benefits of each product to help you find the best film for your residential or commercial space. Contact us today for a free quote!

PA Window Tint Inc. began serving central Pennsylvania in 1993. Over the years, we have extended service to New York, Maryland, and New Jersey. Today, PA Window Tint is a 3M Prestige dealer, which identifies our company as a member of the elite network of dealers in the country which are entrusted with offering 3 M’s highest quality products and providing impeccable installations. Give us a call at 1-866-329-0064 or fill out a form online.