Access control solutions, security cameras, and intrusion detection technology are important layers in a commercial building’s safety program. However investing in security window film (also called “safety window film”) can offer protection that more traditional security systems often can’t – protection from shards of flying glass upon impact. Whether breakage occurs as a result of a storm, vandalism, an active shooter situation, or even just an accident, it can cause major damage to the people and assets inside the building.
With the protection of safety window film, shattered glass remains largely intact, preventing it from becoming airborne. Safety window films are polyester or PET films that are applied to glass and prevents the glass from separating if shattered. The film is anywhere from 4 to 21 mils thicker than regular windows, therefore increasing shatter resistance. By applying the film to the inside of the glass and then adding a large bead of structural silicone to the perimeter of the glass, it makes it almost impossible for intruders to shatter the glass and enter a room or building.
Safety window film also provides other safety benefits. If someone is trying to enter your building through a window by breaking the glass, security film may increase the amount of time it takes to actually complete the task. In some cases, it may encourage criminals to stop trying if they experience a few failed attempts at breaking the window. This extra time allows building occupants to respond and seek shelter or evacuate in an emergency situation.
Many safety window films also reduce the amount of visual light transmission, preventing intruders and people outside the building from seeing things or people inside – especially when interior lights are off.
If you’re looking for ways to better secure the exterior of your commercial building, safety window film is a solution to consider. Integrating it as part of your commercial building’s overall safety and security plan may help control possible building intrusion and damage.
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