Frequently Asked Questions About Window Film
What is window film made of?
Different polyesters are transformed during the manufacturing process to produce a thin, transparent film that adheres to glass with a pressure sensitive adhesive already on the film.
Do you apply window film on the inside or outside of a home/building?
The answer is both. However, film is typically applied to the inside for most installations.
Can you apply window film to Low-E, Tinted, or Argon gas filled windows?
Absolutely! Not all films are applicable for these types of windows, but our company knows what films work on all glass types.
If I have Low-E glass do I even need window tinting?
It depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. Low-E glass and window film’s attributes are different. Low-E glass is a great insulator (keeping heat & a/c from escaping through your glass) where film only helps with this moderately.
Window Film outperforms Low-E glass significantly in reducing the sun’s energy coming inside your home. We have met and done work for many homeowners that thought their Low-E glass would be enough protection for the floors and furniture until the moved a lamp on a table or pulled a corner of their rug back to realize the tremendous damage to their wood caused by the sun.
How do I clean window film after the installation?
3M™ Window Films may be washed with any kind of window cleaner (including ammonia-based products). Avoid using anything abrasive (steel wool, razor blades, scouring pad, etc.). You may use paper towels, soft cloths, squeegees, and micro fiber materials.
What is the life expectancy of 3M™ Window Films?
You can expect on average twenty years or more out of our films. Of course all 3M™ Window Films and our installations come with a lifetime warranty and 10, 12, & 15 year warranties for commercial installations.
The 3M Difference- Clearly Superior Window Film Solutions
3M Invented Window Films.
No one has more experience with window films. In 1966, we received the first patent for window films. Today there are millions of square feet of 3M Window Films installed all around the world.
3M makes their own polyester.
3M is the only window film manufacturer that actually produces its own microlayer and color-stable polyester films.
Thicker doesn’t mean better.
Our thin film gives you a wider margin of safety. By using layer after layer of micro thin polyester films, our film outperforms all others of similar thickness. This superior performance is due to the remarkable flexibility of our film. So while others tear, ours merely stretches—helping to keep the window in the frame even when the glass breaks.
No one knows adhesives like 3M.
3M is the only window film company to make its own adhesives. From Scotch® Tape and Post-it® Notes to permanent construction adhesives, 3M is a world leader in adhesive technologies. The adhesives we use with our films provide a unique combination of fast drying, optical clarity, long-lasting bond and simple removal.
3M's exterior coat is up to 10 times tougher.
No one knows abrasion like 3M. From sandpaper to Scotchbrite scouring pads, this is another category in which we are a worldwide leader. This expertise has also taught us how to protect against abrasion. So to protect the film and your windows from scratches, we’ve created an exterior layer that is 6 to 10 times more durable than film alone.
Unsurpassed UV protection
Our films block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, which are the single largest cause of fading. They also reduce the effects of solar heating and visible light, which contribute to fading. 3M Window Films will help extend the useful life of your carpets, window treatments, furniture and hardwood floors.
The only warranty in the industry backed by one of the world’s most respected companies.
What good is a 10-year warranty from a company that wasn’t around 10 years ago and probably won’t be here 10 years from now?
Selecting 3M Window Films gives you peace of mind. That’s because we have one of the most comprehensive warranties you can get; backed by a company you know and trust.
Authorized Dealers that make the difference.
Our 3M Authorized Dealers are available to help solve problems like excessive glare and faded furnishings. They are skilled solutions providers for glass safety and security, comfort and privacy.