Our focus is on window film specification and installation with emphasis on Security and Safety window films. We offer a network of experienced Window Film specialists across the GTA, Halton and surrounding area. We pride ourselves in our ability to understand our client's needs and present a cost effective window film solution. We provide expertise on the following glass and premises protection products: - Clear Safety & Security Film - Solar Control Safety & Security Film - Anti-Graffiti Window Film - Solar Window Films - Decorative Window Films - Security bars, gates and shutters - Locks and entrance systems.
Security window films are used to protect areas where threat of break and enter through glass is prominent (doors with glass, office windows, etc.). The recommended thickness of the Security window film is 12 mil with a break strength of no less than 325 lbs./sq.in. The window film should be installed on the inside surface of the glass and whenever possible the window film should be anchored to the frame using Dow Corning 995 structural glazing adhesive. There are several methods of installing the window film with different methods for different types of glass (tempered, laminated and annealed);
Safety window films are most commonly used to strengthen glass and contain fragments in the event of accidental breakage. Primary areas to consider are doorways with glass or windows that may be vulnerable to accidental or intentional breakage. Safety window films are designed to contain all or most of the glass fragments thus preventing injury or contamination (in the case of food manufacturing). The recommended thickness of the Safety window film will depend on the desired level of protection. For example; a food processing plant should use the highest strength window film available (7mil with break strength of no less than 110 lbs./sq.in.) which will ensure the best protection possible. The window film should be installed on the side of the glass where fragments are to be contained. Optionally, the window film can be installed on both sides of the glass which would result in a much higher retention of glass fragments. Also, it is recommended to apply a bead of silicone around the edges where the window film meets the frame.
Safety window films are not intended to withstand the same extreme pressures that security windows films are and therefore may not require behind the frame installation or silicone anchoring. Both offer better protection but are optional.
When it comes to insulating your home against heat and cold, a window is like a "hole-in-the-wall". In summer, ordinary glass lets the sun's heat penetrate your home, making you and your family very uncomfortable and forcing your air conditioner to work harder. In winter, glass panes lose a substantial amount of your home's heat. Solar control window film applied to the interior of your windows is a transparent "solar shield" that can reject up to 80% of the sun's heat. In summer your home is cooler and more comfortable, so you can save on energy bills. In winter, some window films trap room heat for year -round comfort. Solar control window films are available with a scratch resistant coating and in a variety of elegant tints like bronze and gray, and in neutral tones that appear virtually invisible on your windows.
Decorative window films have a variety of uses but are most often used to enhance or change the appearance of glass. Decorative window films are also used as a means of advertising and can be custom cut to included logos, text, designs or pictures. Privacy films most often have a "Frost" appearance and are used in bathroom windows, offices or any other place where privacy is desired without blocking out all of the natural lighting.
Anti-Graffiti films are used to protect glass from vandalism or accidental damaged acting as a sacrificial layer of protection which can be easily removed and replaced when damaged. Anti-Graffiti films are constructed with similar materials as security and safety films but have a less aggressive adhesive which is easier to remove from the glass. Anti-Graffiti films can protect glass from vandalism due to scratching, acid etching and paint.
Annealed / Float Float glass is made in flat sheets and is an alternative name for annealed glass. It takes its name from the float tank used in its production, into which molten glass flows at around 1100 degrees C and on to a large mass of molten tin. Because the tin is much heavier than glass and its surface is smooth and flat, the glass forms a very uniform layer on top of the tin. The float process has virtually eliminated other production methods such as sheet or plate glass manufacture. Sheet glass, including the machine-drawn cylinder process simulating hand-blown glass, was known for its wavy irregularities. Plate glass, first introduced into the UK in the mid-seventeenth century, was cast and then polished flat.
Tempered Tempered (toughened) glass is many times stronger than annealed glass. When broken, it shatters into many small fragments, which prevent major injuries. This type of glass is intended for glass façades, sliding doors, building entrances, bath and shower enclosures and other uses requiring superior strength and safety properties. There are two different methods used to produce tempered glass: a) HEAT TREATING: Where the annealed glass is subjected to a special heat-treatment in which it is heated to about 680 degrees C and afterwards cooled. If it is cooled rapidly, the glass is up to four times stronger than annealed glass and its breaks into many small fragments (fully-tempered). If it is cooled slowly, the glass is twice as strong as annealed glass and the fragments of the broken glass are linear and more likely to remain in the frame. b) CHEMICAL STRENGTHENING: The glass is covered by a chemical solution, which produces a higher mechanical resistance. Chemically strengthened glass has similar properties to thermal-treated glass. The product is not generally used for window glass, but more commonly seen in industries where thin, strong glass is needed.
If you need to install a modern commercial security alarm system anywhere in Milton, Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, Georgetown, Acton and Halton Hills, there is one name you can always trust, Secur-U. The company offers online quotes for highly efficient security systems. Contact us today for more information.