3 Best Solar Window Tint and Film Products for UV Prote..

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Whenever summer rolls around, heat control and UV protection products tend to garner a lot of interest. Consistent exposure to direct sunlight is more than enough to cause anyone a headache. While solar window tint and film products are undoubtedly the best remedies to this, many people are hesitant to get it done by the professionals.

Understandably, you don’t want to pay a premium for a job that might take a long time to complete. Fortunately, there are several great solar window tint options for homes and businesses that won’t break the bank. We’ll go through the top 3 of these options, discussing who they’re ideally suited for.

3M Daylight Redirecting Film

This is one of the simpler yet most effective solar window tint solutions that can bring natural light deeper into your building. It is more than capable of lighting the room as deep as 40 feet from the window. Up to 80% of the light can be redirected onto the ceiling, which provides significantly more natural light.

An abundance of natural light has been linked to increased productivity and purchasing behavior, while also making you less reliant on electric lighting. Daylighting will also result in significant energy savings, meaning a lower power bill and a product that can pay for itself over time. If you’re after the best solar window film for your business, it’s tough to look past the 3M Daylight Redirecting Film.

3M Sun Control Window Films

Another solid solar window tint option for your home or business is the 3M sun control window films. The unique film can reject up to 97% of infra-red light, resulting in significant energy savings to match enhanced comfort and increased protection. Similarly, it blocks a lot of the UV rays that can cause fading, leading to longer shelf lives for your furnishings.

It is also one of the best solar window tint film products for environmentally-conscious consumers as it can become carbon negative within 6 months of installation. As a non-metalized window film, you get the benefits of corrosion resistance and signal interference that won’t be affected. For a stylish fit that can save you money and benefit the environment, the Sun Control Window films are an excellent choice.

3M Safety & Security Window Film

Primarily geared towards homeowners, this solar tint window film product is as reliable as they come. It is excellent as a safety option, protecting all parties from damaging flying glass shards. The budget-friendly film also does a great job of rejecting heat, resulting in both energy savings and enhanced comfort.

Similarly, the increased reflection serves the dual-benefit of enhancing privacy while also reducing the external glare. One of the more stylish options available, the silver and neutral tones fit nicely with most home exteriors. If you’re wanting reliable heat control and UV protection at a great price, the 3M Safety & Security Window Film is certainly a strong option.

Window Film Depot’s CEO Jeff Franson Featured in Wind..

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In the May/June 2019 edition of Window Film Magazine, president and CEO of Window Film Depot, Jeff Franson, was featured in the piece Selling Security Film…And Following up with an Expert Install. 

In the article, Franson underscores an “elevated responsibility” for industry professionals to not only deliver on the security film needs of schools and educational institutions, but also to manage the expectations of anxious parents and administrators. He outlines three main phases necessary for a successful security film project. 

Addressing the “Big Three”

Unlike other types of window film, selling and installing security film comes with an added layer of complexity. Prospective customers often need to be informed of the solutions in best alignment with the type of defense they’re seeking to optimally safeguard a building’s occupants. This conversation reflects the first phase of Franson’s big three: Presentation, site assessment, and installation services.

The following is an excerpt taken from Jeff Franson’s article published in Window Film Magazine.

When presenting security window films, it’s critical that dealers clearly state what security films will and will not do. Within the industry, we all know window films (and advanced glazing) are not “bulletproof.” Nothing is. Unfortunately, prospects have other ideas based on video of dubious origin across the Internet. The best way to avoid this pitfall is to make sure to ask the customer what their threat level is – what they are trying to defend against? You also need to know what their budget is.

If they’re looking to ‘stop’ bullets, it’s time for you to refer to a ballistic glazing expert or invest in becoming one yourself. If the customer’s goal is ‘delay,’ then security window films are an effective and affordable part of any layered defense plan for buildings. If delay is the goal, then you’re the right person for the job. Still, don’t forget The Golden Rule for selling security window film performance – under promise – because creating a false sense of security could be deadly.

Once security window film has been identified as the proper solution intended to “delay” an attacker from entering a space, it’s time to confirm that the existing glass and glazing systems are suitable for anchored film protection. If you care about your customer, you should advise them against installing security film for active shooter mitigation without the proper anchor to the frame. Without suitable frames, it’s your responsibility to refer the customer to a solution better suited for existing conditions. If you’re using a caulk anchor, make sure to perform an adhesion compatibility test to ensure the caulk with bond properly to the applied film and existing glazing frames. 

Once your assessment has confirmed the suitability of the anchored film solution, it’s time to go to work. Job number one on any security film project is to make sure your project manager confirms application and aesthetic standards with the customer representative responsible for sign-off. Too many projects go sideways when a customer’s expectations are not met – and that’s your fault – not theirs’. Utilize the third-party IWFA-provided worksheet for installation quality and curing standards. Provide a ‘mock-up’ of a completed window with anchor so everyone is on the same page concerning what the ‘finished product’ looks like. Once agreement is made, make sure the entire installation meets or exceeds the approved mock-up. 

An Expert Install

To follow a high level overview of the process to install anchored security window film to meet written standards and (hopefully) some helpful hints to ensure a smooth project for you, your customers, and installers. visit the article to see this installation process or contact Window Film Depot for more information.

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Window Security Film Installation Cost & Price Est..

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While a lot of people are interested in installing window security film in their home or office, price is often the number one obstacle. This is completely understandable, as you’re entitled to a quality service that doesn’t break the bank. Fortunately, the typical window film installation cost is actually much lower than most people expect. This article will run through the average window security film installation cost and the best place to get a quality job done.

How Much Does Window Security Film Installation Cost?

As with most of these types of questions, the answer is ‘it depends’. There are several different factors that go into determining the price of a job. These include the size in square feet, scope of the work involved, type of window film selected, and the difficulty of installation. We’ll go through each of these points and outline how they’ll impact your final security film installation cost.

Residential Cost Determined by Square Footage

The typical window security film installation cost for residential properties is $6-$8 per square foot. While the majority of homes will fall in this range, some can dip as low as $5 per square foot, whereas others may even reach $20 per square foot. Decorative window tint and security window films will tend to cost much more than solar control window films.

Warranty, product clarity, and longevity are also key factors that can impact the security film for windows cost. Llumar and Vista frames tend to be the most reliable on the market, meaning they cost a higher initial price. That said, this initial expenditure can be made up with long-term savings in the form of less frequent repairs and maintenance costs.

3M™ Safety & Security Window Film Exterior Safety Series

Other Window Security Film Installation Cost Factors to Consider

While the square feet size of the installation is probably the most heavily-weighted factor, there are certainly other considerations involved. Most notably, you’ll need to consider the cost for a clean, professional installation, and the time involved. A typical job with 2-3 glass panes can generally be completed within the hour.

The frame type is also a consideration, with wood frames costing more than vinyl ones, for example. Larger-than-average windows can also complicate the installation process, requiring larger film sizes and multiple installers that will increase the price. Second and 3rd story windows also tend to be more expensive, in large part due to the scaffolding and ladders that are required.


The typical residential window security film installation cost will be around $7-$8 per square foot. An example of a common job would be sliding glass patio doors with 2 glass panes that use neutral window film and have a lifetime warranty. This type of job will generally be completed within 45 minutes and will likely cost between $175-$250.

If you’re after a reliable installation team that can get your security film installation done efficiently and effectively, feel free to contact us today.

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5 Best Window Films for Heat Reduction

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A reliable window film is one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to reduce heat in your home or office. Not only do they save you time and money, window films also benefit the environment. That said, when it comes to purchasing window films for heat reduction, most people suffer from analysis paralysis. With so much information out there, it can become extremely difficult to make the right decision. Fortunately, getting your hands-on high-quality heat reduction window films doesn’t have to be complicated. We’ve identified 5 excellent options that cater to residential and commercial properties alike.

3M Residential Ceramic Sun Control Window Film

One of the best heat reducing window film options on the market today, the 3M Residential Ceramic Sun Control Window Film will reject up to 80% of harmful heat-producing infrared rays. It also blocks harmful UV rays that can lead to fading, extending the lives of your furnishings. The non-metalized film is manufactured with a scratch-resistant coating that provides clarity and clear views. This ceramic series is also capable of rejecting up to 59% of the heat coming through your windows, which is especially valuable during the warm summer months.

3M Sun Control Night Vision Series Window Film

Ideal for commercial properties, this window film rejects up to 71% of the sun’s heat to reduce glare and eye discomfort. The film offers enhanced views with very low interior reflectivity, especially at night. It’s scratch-resistant coating will provide clear views, while the unique nano-technology provides great color stability. As above, you also get the all-important blocking of harmful UV rays that can cause your furniture to fade.

3M Residential Sun Control Prestige Exterior Series

Arguably the best window film for heat reduction available today, this unit does an excellent job at keeping your space nice and cool. The non-metalized film will reject up to 97% of infrared light, providing energy savings and greater comfort. It allows a high transmission of visual light, adding great aesthetics and a stylish exterior. All products in the prestige exterior series range are great for the environment, becoming carbon negative as quickly as 6 months after installation.

3M Residential Sun Control Neutral Series

An excellent heat reducing window film for those on a budget. This product has excellent heat rejection, resulting in significant energy savings and improved comfort. The soft hues give this window film a very sleek and stylish look, while also reducing glare and any eye discomfort. Harmful UV rays will help prevent your furniture from fading quickly and the comprehensive warranty minimizes any risk on your end.

3M Commercial Traditional Sun Control Series

Another contender in the best window film for heat reduction stakes is this modern and stylish series. Geared towards commercial properties, this is a great way to improve the energy performance of your building without breaking the bank. It blocks up to 99% of harmful UV rays and is excellent at maximizing your privacy. The tinted reflective films are great for your energy performance and can have this product pay for itself within 3 years.

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5 Creative Ways Businesses Use Perforated Graphics ..

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Perforated window vinyl offers endless creative possibilities for all types of businesses – whether it be retail storefronts, restaurants, office buildings, workspaces, hotels or condominiums.

Most businesses use perforated window decals and graphics for signage and storefront promotions. And in most cases, businesses require highly-custom (and sometimes highly-urgent) perforated window graphics – including both design and installation.

Below, we offer insight into the world of perforated window vinyl and how our team at Window Film Depot has helped various business execute both stunning and functional graphics to suit their needs.  

What is Perforated Window Vinyl?

Vinyl graphics have been around for awhile, however, their creative applications continue to evolve. Perforated window vinyl is a film applied to glass windows and doors that has a desired ratio of see-through holes and vinyl, thereby creating a transparency effect. As an example, some perforated window decals have a 70/30 ratio (70% vinyl material and 30% holes), with the transparent holes often being about 1mm in diameter.

While each installation is unique, the most common application of perforated window vinyl is turning glass doors and windows of automobiles and storefronts into advertising space. To put these applications in context, below are five actual case studies from Window Film Depot involving perforated window film and vinyl graphics.

1. Launch a Marketing Campaign Overnight

Window Film Depot’s engagement with Dick’s Sporting Goods is a classic example common among both large and small retailers alike. That is, highly time-sensitive window graphics installations to accommodate major marketing initiatives.

For this project, the reputable sporting goods store needed to transform its storefronts overnight to launch its latest Nike marketing campaign.

Window Film Depot mobilized three separate graphics installation crews to install over 7,400 square feet of custom-printed vinyl graphics before sunrise. The project involved 3M printable 50/50 perforated exterior mounted graphics, which captured the athletic image of the Nike brand.

The outcome: successful installation at three stores completed on time and under budget, and a successfully-launched marketing campaign across each store. See the Dick’s Sporting Goods case study to learn more.

2. Establish a Vibrant Office Interior That Inspires Creativity

As a global leader in the mobile communications industry, GSMA opened its Atlanta office in early 2018 to better serve its members across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

The new GSMA office space would be located in Armour Yards, formerly an old railway yard positioned between the Buckhead and Midtown Atlanta neighborhoods. Over the years, this area has been transformed into a mixed-use campus that delivers a creative environment where businesses can thrive.

In turn, the creative teams at GSMA wanted to refresh a bland office space into an exciting and engaging space. Window Film Depot custom designed, printed, and installed glass wall graphics (like that of “Photo Tex” removable media), providing an economical, yet visually-stunning brand extension for the client.
Now, a once plain office space has been brought to life through vibrant and expressive graphic murals surrounding the entire perimeter of the workplace. Read more about the GMSA project and how the use of perforated graphics have helped create a more inspiring and productive atmosphere.

3. Showcase Seasonal Promotions with Time-Sensitive Installation

Nationwide communications company, Verizon is no stranger to time-sensitive promotions require large-scale installations. When the company needed marketing uniformity for a seasonal campaign, its storefronts were the forward-facing priority in reaching patrons and passersby.   

Verizon required a professional contractor to install and later remove seasonal promotional graphics to all of its US based stores over a 10 day period. When Window Film Depot was awarded the bid, the team deployed over thirty installation technicians across the nation to remove existing materials and to install new seasonal graphics across over 1,100 retail stores.

To successfully execute the project, Window Film Depot crews were organized to visit up to 10 stores per day while reporting in real time with completion photos and individual store sign offs. All stores were handled within the stated 10-day timeline. See the Verizon case study for more information about this project.

4. Create Brand Uniformity in High-Volumes

For some retailers with hundreds – even thousands – of locations, creating brand uniformity across all stores can present a challenge. This was the case for Family Dollar, the second-largest variety store of its type with locations in 46 of the 50 states.  

After a decade of hyper-expansion throughout the U.S., Family Dollar’s existing storefronts were inconsistent in their exterior branding. The project thereby required high-level coordination with Family Dollar & Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) Retail Renovation Group to enable Window Film Depot to service 30-50 Family Dollar sites per week. The project would unfold in conjunction with a variety of other contractors in a synchronized refresh program across multiple markets simultaneously.

Over the course of 2 years, over 2,000 Family Dollar stores were surveyed and serviced with a unique window vinyl graphics, creating uniformity across Family Dollar storefronts. Get the full story and view the Family Dollar case study for more about this project.

5. Combine Sun Control with Custom Graphics

As one of Atlanta’s luxury boutique hotels located in Midtown, the W Hotel offers contemporary, 4-star accommodations ideal for both business and leisure. The glass entrance of the W Hotel made for a highly exposed lobby area that was susceptible to the sun.   

As such, glare and solar heat gain presented a serious problem for hotel management in the lobby, bar, and guest check-in areas of this downtown Atlanta destination.

By installing over 8,000 sq feet of 3M Solar FIlm, Window Film Depot helped meet the sun control challenges of the W Hotel while also incorporating a custom printed “W” design. The project required special processing to ensure colors remain vivid even under long-term extensive sun exposure.

The outcome solved the glare and heat problem while also rendering an impressive and recognizable design element for this unique Atlanta hotel destination. To learn more about the energy savings and aesthetics of this project, view the W Hotel case study.

You can learn more about Window Film Depot’s capabilities in perforated vinyl and window graphics by calling (866) 933-3456, or by contacting us for a free estimate.

Commercial Solar Window Film

CoolVu: The Solar Window Film That Tints When You Need ..

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Commercial Solar Window FilmIn the world of window film and tinting solutions, the concept of solar window film carries many different meanings depending on its context. From blocking the sun’s heat and UV rays to reducing glare and energy costs, solar window film delivers value in a number of ways.

However, one emerging solution that represents the next generation of solar window film technology is CoolVu Transitional Film. As the name implies, CoolVu transitions from a clear to a darker tinted state when exposed to the sun’s UV radiation. By effectively adapting to the amount of sunlight coming through glass windows and doors, CoolVu window film provides concentrated levels of sun control, only when you need it.

How Does CoolVu Solar Window Film Work?

CoolVu solar window film uses a proprietary method to create a stable photochromic reaction that provides for clear glass when needed and tinted glass when wanted. In essence, photochromic transitions are chemical reactions that are triggered by exposure to the sun’s UV rays. So while CoolVu remains unphased by interior lighting, it can only be triggered when exposed to natural sunlight.

Moreover, CoolVu stays clear on cloudy or rainy days, allowing for maximum natural light under overcast weather conditions. At nighttime, CoolVu is nearly invisible, maintaining the natural appearance of your glass windows and doors while permitting unobstructed views to the outside world.

Quickly becoming one of the most popular solar window tint solutions on the market, CoolVu delivers a host of benefits.

Sunscreen for Your Windows

CoolVu window film selectively filters solar energy, blocking out 99% of the sun’s UV radiation. Prolonged exposure to sunlight, even through standard glass windows and doors, has been shown to lead to skin cancer and vision problems over time. Solar window tint films like CoolVu are considered by both the American Skin Cancer Association and dermatologists as sufficient protection from UV exposure.

Residential Solar Window FilmIn addition to creating a safer, more enjoyable environment for building occupants, the UV protection of CoolVu window film helps extend the life of your furnishings, wall coverings, curtains, paintings, and hardwoods. Compared to conventional window tints, CoolVu solar window film prolongs the lifespan of your furnishings while keeping their colors vibrant.

Heat Reduction That Delivers Lasting Energy Savings

CoolVu films are engineered using advanced ceramic coatings that serve as compelling heat blockers against the sun. These coatings are spectrally-selective to block over 80% of the infrared heat gain through glass, effectively minimizing hot spots and AC overuse.

With CoolVu solar window film installed, homeowners and businesses no longer have to worry about dramatic temperature imbalances that put undue stress on AC systems and occupants alike. With the energy savings of CoolVu films, most installations pay for themselves within 3-5 years. Learn more about the energy saving benefits of window film by checking out our case studies page.

Solar Window Film with Glare Control

Commonly referred to in the industry as “photochromic window film” for its patented molecular structure, CoolVu seamlessly transitions from a lighter state to a darker state in less than 5 minutes. In addition to its UV protection and heat reducing benefits, CoolVu solar window film also provides anti-glare properties during intense morning and evening sun, or when exposed to the low lying nature of the sun during winter months.Solar Window Film

How Much Does CoolVu Solar Window Film Cost?

Unlike sun blocking window film from 3M, CoolVu solar film is a premium product that can only be installed by certified professionals. CoolVu film can cost between $12-18 per square foot and includes either basic or extended warranties depending on the installation type.

CoolVu solar window film can also be used for a number of different applications, ranging from commercial building exteriors, retail storefronts, restaurants, homes, and even automobiles. As such, the cost of CoolVu Transitional Window Film varies depending on the project.

Want to Learn More About CoolVu?

Interested in learning more about CoolVu Transitional Window Film products and installation services? You can learn more about CoolVu by visiting the official website, or to get a quote for CoolVu from Window Film Depot, you can get started by contacting us online or by calling 1-866-933-3456.

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Heat Reducing Window Film: Reduce Heat Gain, Glare, Hot..

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Daylighting Systems Window TintingHeat reducing window film, also known as “heat control” window film, has become one of the most financially sound investments for almost any application, and for a number of reasons. Not only does heat reducing window film help to minimize a building’s energy consumption due to sun-induced heat gain, but heat control film also helps dramatically improve occupant comfort while enhancing an interior’s ambiance.

Heat reducing film is engineered with treated micro-thin layers of film that are designed to block the sun’s ultraviolet and infrared rays. So while these sun control films effectively reduce heat gain, they also deflect UV rays that can discolor and fade interior furnishing and upholstery over time. Solar films can also exhibit daylight redirecting capabilities and can naturally luminate a room’s interior environment. For commercial office buildings, retailers and shopping centers, hospitals and healthcare centers, and everything in between, heat reducing window film can provide long-term ROI in more ways than one.

Proven ROI of Window Film to Reduce Heat and Glare

At Window Film Depot, we have helped a number of customers realize the ROI of window film to reduce heat gain and glare. Based on payback studies with sun control products from 3M, most customers can see a potential payback in less than three years. Below are several examples of the energy savings and ROI we’ve helped certain customers realize.

heat reducing window film

  • FDA Building based in Irvine, CA – Over 40% reduction in heat coming through windows, thereby reducing interior temperature by an average of 7 degrees (ROI: < 60 months)
  • Premier Business Centers in Newport Beach, CA – After installing an exterior weatherable, high density silver window film, estimated savings for building owners exceeds $19K per year in AC related cooling costs and interior comfort levels have improved employee morale
  • Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA – Solved the sun glare problem with a solar reduction of over 40% and kept management from having to install costly motorized sun shades (ROI: < 48 months)
  • BG Place Tower in Houston, TX – Reduced heat gain by 40% coming through windows, balancing temperatures reducing annoying “hot and cold” spots throughout the building (ROI: < 24 months)
  • Downtown Hilton in Atlanta, GA – Hilton engineers report that 3M window film effectively reduced heat gain through windows while improving guest comfort and allowing for window blinds to be removed in lower open areas (ROI: < 36 months)

While heat reducing window film offers proven ROI for energy savings, such installations also have clear benefits in improving occupant comfort. For commercial applications, this can have a considerable impact on the morale and productivity of employees.

Additional Benefits of Heat Reducing Window Film

While high heat rejection and summer energy savings is one of the most highly sought benefits of heat reducing film, customers can combine other features when investing in such window treatments. From the low-lying nature of the winter sun to the long sunny days of summer, the intense brightness and UV rays from the sun can pose a problem year round. Compared to traditional solutions like blinds and screens, heat control window film with glare-reduction properties can offer a more cost-effective and easy-to-maintain solution that doesn’t obstruct the view to the outdoors.

Anti-Glare Window Film Tinting InstallationAs another common integration, 3M Daylight Redirecting Film can come equipped with heat reduction capabilities but is designed to redirect as much as 80% of sunlight from windows upward toward the ceiling. In turn, daylight redirecting film helps light up the room as deep as 40 feet from the window while maximizing comfort, productivity, and ambiance for occupants. This offers an effective form of sun control for many applications, including office buildings, retail storefronts, government buildings, schools, hospitals, and healthcare facilities.

Lastly, Low-E film, or insulation window film, is a unique treatment that’s ideally suited for moderating temperature in regions with seasonality. Considered both a window insulation film and heat block window film, Low-E films are designed to reduce solar heat gain in the summer  and keep heat in during the winter so you can save on energy costs all year round. In turn, customers can take advantage of advanced window insulation performance, similar to upgrading to a double-pane or triple-pane window to help improve window and door glass efficiency.

Interested in learning more about heat reducing window film and installation? Contact us at Window Film Depot for more information or to request a quote for your project.

Frosted Window Film Solutions

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Frosted and decorative window films are a cost effective way to create privacy, branding and ambiance without breaking the budget.  These films are an economical privacy solution to your office glass partitions, walls and doors.

A 3M Milano custom pattern was installed on this conference room, keeping a clean, fresh look to this office while enhancing the desired privacy.

Window Film Depot offers over 60 designs from 3M Fasara Glass Finishes. These finishes create surfaces with the look of etched, treated or textured glass, without the inflated cost.

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With this information, utilizing the space you are either renting, or own makes a lot of sense. The client here chose to install White Matte, creating desired privacy for the individual corners and spaces, at a fraction of the cost of permanent frosted glass.

Showcase your corporate identity or logo by incorporating it into your frost or decorative film.  This company uses both a color and a frosted logo identifying their name on several doorways for their office.  While actual glass etching is more permanent, window film allows for a change or update to your logo with relative ease by replacing the film.

Another way to decorate your office without breaking the bank is with decorative patterns as illustrated with this Window Film Depot install.

Let us assist you in finding your frosted, decorative film solutions today. Call Window Film Depot at 866-933-3456.