UV protection window films deliver an excellent way to protect your home or office from heat and faded furnishings while maintaining optimal visibility and natural lighting. Sun blocking and UV protection film provide a host of benefits. Not only are these types of window films designed to effectively reduce UV ray transmission, but these spectrally-selective films can also help improve your building's energy efficiency and overall bottom line.
UV Protection Window Film Installation
Benefits of UV Protection Window Films
Whether you need clear UV protection window film for either commercial or residential windows, 3M takes sun control to an entirely new level. 3M’s UV protection films are non-metallized, multilayer optical films that reject up to 97% of the sun’s infrared light and up to 60% of the heat coming through your windows. Designed from the highest quality, non-metallized film, 3M UV protection window film are a great solution for your interiors. Whether your homeowner or business owner, choosing 3M Sun Control Window Films gives you peace of mind, increasing your level of comfort while minimizing your utility bills.
Since 1992, Window Film Depot has built a reputation as the #1 3M Window Film installer in the nation. We help a number of customers, ranging from governmental offices to healthcare facilities, purchase and install UV protection window film. In addition to sun blocking window film to protect against UV rays, our company is able to combine additional window treatments to help improve the security, comfort, aesthetics and overall efficiency of your indoor environment. We will help you realize the energy saving benefits of UV protection film by pairing these features with safety and security window treatments as well as decorative glass films to achieve your desired aesthetic and benefits.
UV Protection Window Film Products
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What is the Best UV Window Film?
Of the various types of UV window film products available, these are some of the best options for advanced UV blocking protection:
3M™ Neutral Series
With options available for both commercial and residential applications, 3M™ Neutral Series significantly blocks the amount of harmful UV rays while delivering ample heat rejection, energy savings, and improved comfort. This UV window film is also available in a variety of glare-reducing tint levels to better suit your preferences. Its soft hues give this film an attractive look that’s fitting for both residential and commercial windows.
3M™ Traditional Series
The Traditional Series from 3M™ is a UV-blocking window film that’s designed to save energy, improve privacy, and enhance aesthetics – all on a budget. As a commercial-specific window film for office buildings, retail storefronts, and other business applications, the Traditional Series includes P18 Classic silver and Affinity commercial-grade films. The Traditional Series for Commercial blocks up to 99% of harmful UV rays and provides energy savings resulting in potential paybacks in less than three years. It also can be applied to over eight different LEED Certification credits.
3M™ Prestige Series
The 3M™ Prestige Series uses industry-leading, spectrally-selective technology that’s designed to keep building occupants cool, comfortable, and protected. The 3M™ Prestige Series uses non-metalized, multi-layer optical film and nano-technology to block up to 60% of the heat and 97% of the sun’s infrared light coming through your windows. As one of the best UV blocking window films, they also reject up to 99.9% of damaging UV rays to effectively reduce fading of your furnishings. It’s available for residential and commercial applications, as well as a Prestige Exterior Series that delivers advanced Visible Light transmission.
3M™ Thinsulate™ Climate Control Series
3M™ Thinsulate™ Climate Control Series is one of the most popular products for buildings exposed to four-season climates. It delivers exceptional insulating and temperature control capabilities and offers an effective and affordable alternative to replacing inefficient, single-pane windows, which is a common scenario for older homes and historic structures. 3M™ Thinsulate™ provides powerful UV blocking features that work best for fade protection, all while remaining virtually invisible.
Does UV Window Film Work?
Yes, UV window film works in many different ways. In addition to UV blocking properties, which help minimize fade damage that can occur when furniture, upholstery, and inventory are exposed to the sun for long periods, UV window film works by reducing heat gain during warming months. By better controlling sun-induced heat gain, UV window film minimizing energy drain on AC systems while providing a more comfortable interior atmosphere. UV blocking window film can also provide anti-glare properties, which improve productivity and focus in office environments.
Does UV Window Film Reduce Heat?
Yes, UV window film provides many additional benefits for sun control and energy savings. Many UV-blocking window film products come with a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) rating, which is the amount of solar radiation that passes through a window. In terms of reducing heat, investing in a UV window film with a low SHGC is particularly beneficial during the summer months or in areas that see a lot of sun. The fewer infrared rays that pass through your doors and windows, the better.
As a proven case study of Window Film Depot, we installed a 3M™ Sun Control window film on the FDA Building based in Irvine, California. The building was susceptible to excessive solar heat gain that was causing unbearable temperatures during summer months, as well as stressing AC system in the hot Southern California summer months. The window film installation reduced over 40% of the heat coming through the windows, which lowered the interior temperature by an average of 7 degrees.
World of Coca-Cola
The natural light filled Coke Museum in Atlanta created a situation where excessive UV exposure on precious items required a sun screen for the massive curtainwall of glass.
The 20K square feet of 3M film was installed after hours and required the use of a ‘spider lift’ to access the upper rows of the atrium glass.
Premier Business Centers
High energy costs due to excessive heat gain plagued this Southern California office building. Access to the interior windows proved impossible requiring an exterior installation to solve the solar heat gain issue.
The installation required boom lifts to access the building glass. Once filmed, the film edges received a bead of silicone caulking to ensure a longer lifespan for the retrofi