The more windows there are in your building, the greater the benefits of installing 3M Sun Control Window Film. That is because 3M Sun Control Window Film does much more than simply control heat gain or loss. It also improves the safety, security, energy efficiency, and appearance of your building - all at a fraction of the cost of installing special glass.
Save energy every day of the year. Keep heat from getting in and you will not have to pay to pump it out. Unlike drapes and blinds, 3M Sun Control Window Film rejects up to 79% of the heat that would otherwise come through the window. That can translate into a savings of about one ton of air conditioning for every 100 square feet of glass exposed to sunlight. And with the transition to more environmentally safe chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants to power air-conditioning units, you will be able to offset the diminished chilling capacity by keeping heat out.
In addition to keeping solar heat out during the summer months, 3M Sun Control All Season Film keeps you warmer in the winter months by reflecting manmade heat back into the building. This can reduce heat loss by up to 30% to save you money and improve occupant comfort. In addition, an energy-efficient building puts less strain on your heating and cooling system to reduce maintenance and extend the life of the equipment.
3M Sun Control films block out 98% - 99% of UV light, thus protecting you from the sun's harmful rays and significantly reducing fabric and furniture fade. In addition, 3M Sun Control films reduce glare to improve your indoor visibility, especially with respect to computer monitors and televisions.
3M Sun Control Window Films provide enhanced window security by helping to hold glass fragments in place should an explosion occur nearby. In addition, window films also help deter smash and grab crimes by making access through a window more difficult to an intruder. For increased security, 3M manufactures security window films, products specifically designed to hold flying glass in place should an explosion or terrorist attack occur nearby. Some security films also provide the energy benefits associated with Sun Control films.
3M Sun Control Window Films are maintenance-free, vary in reflectivity (from low reflectivity to high reflectivity), and range in color (from neutral to silver). 3M offers a window film to suit your various energy needs.
Once again 3M has revolutionized the window film industry. Prestige window films are virtually colorless and undetectable when installed yet perform like metalized films. Offered in four different light transmissions, the two darkest films have 1% less interior reflectivity than clear glass. How did 3M do this? Simple, by using nano-technology.
Nano-technology works with materials that are over a thousand times smaller than the width of a hair. This expertise allows 3M to create a patented window film with hundreds of layers that is less than the thickness of a Post-it® Note. It has allowed 3M to create a film that delivers the highest performance possible without using metal, which can corrode and interfere with digital and satellite signals.
Other film manufacturers advertise colorless films that perform similarly to those offered by 3M. But only 3M produces a metal-free film using true nano-technology. With other films, the perimeter edges must be sealed with silicone to prevent outside air from corroding the film’s metals, especially in coastal areas. Since there are no metals in 3M’s Prestige films, you will never have to worry about corrosion or interference with digital or satellite signals.
3M fragment retention window films increase the security of window openings from bomb blasts, seismic events, windstorms, and forced entry by helping to hold glass in place.
Fragment retention film was credited for saving many lives in the September 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. When an explosion occurs, nearby glass may implode into tiny sharp fragments and subject building occupants to a high level of danger.
In addition to nearby explosions, fragment retention film is used to protect building occupants from earthquakes, other seismic events, hurricanes, and smash and grab crime.
These films are manufactured of multiple-layers of tough, transparent polyester. This nearly invisible protection has been around for many years, but has only recently gained wide acceptance in the United States - primarily because of the Oklahoma City bombing and the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Testing has shown that fragment retention films hold glass in place during an explosion. 3M fragment retention films meet or exceed federal government standards when tested to the GSA/DOD/USACE Security Criteria.
3M fragment retention films are maintenance-free and are warranted by the 3M Company to maintain their optical clarity without any peeling, cracking, or discoloration.
The 3M Company offers window films for commercial buildings to help combat the costly damage caused by graffiti. The etching, scratching, painting, and marking of glass are expensive and rapidly growing problems worldwide. Anti-graffiti films offer building owners and managers the opportunity to minimize the $12 billion annual cost associated with graffiti abatement in the United States.
When applied to surfaces that vandals often target, such as interior and exterior windows, mirrors, and other glass, the anti-graffiti film provides protection by taking the brunt of graffiti damage. Paints, permanent markings, and other stains can be easily removed from the protective surface without the use of harsh chemicals. That is because film damaged by etching or scratching can be easily removed and replaced with new film. Using the protective film also eliminates the expense of conventional graffiti cleanup or the even costlier total replacement of graffiti-damaged equipment or property.
This optically clear, distortion-free, anti-graffiti film can be applied to windows, mirrors, and other surfaces.
3M decorative interior design films add a new dimension to space to create a beautiful etched appearance without the associated high cost. These maintenance-free, fingerprint-resistant films create a uniform rice paper appearance that is not typically found in traditional window films. Light is dispersed softly, rendering a high-class, tranquil atmosphere.