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Last updated: 30 July 2023

Security Window Film: Does Protective Film For Glass Really Work?

Window film is not just for decorative purposes. It can also be used as a security measure to protect your home or office from burglars and thieves. There are many different types of window film available on the market, but not all of them provide the same level of security or protection. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of security window film and whether or not it really works when it comes down to protecting your home!

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What is security window film?

Security window film is a clear, adhesive-backed polyester film that is applied to the inside surface of existing glass windows or existing glazing. The film is designed to hold broken glass shards together in the event that the window is smashed, making it more difficult for intruders to gain entry.

Window films can also come in variety of different, colours, affects and patterns. For instance privacy film will often come frosted to let in sunlight while preserving privacy. Security films often come as completely clear or transparent so that they don’t impact the views of your home while also providing invisible protection.

In addition, security window film can also help to reflect sunlight and reduce heat transfer, it’s not as effective as specialist insulation film, but can still make quite a big difference during the colder months of the year.

What are the benefits of security film?

A few of these are outlined above, but the main benefits of security window film are that it can:

    • Make your home or office more secure by making it more difficult for burglars and thieves to break in
    • Help to protect against flying glass in the event of a breakage, even from toughed and tempered glass
    • Reflect UV rays and reduce heat transfer, helping to keep your home or office cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

What is safety glass film?

Safety film is really another name for security window films. The terms are often used interchangeably to refer to the same product, but ultimately are anti shatter films applied to glass with the intent of providing more safety, security and general added protection from break ins and broken glass.

How long does window security last?

Security window film is designed to be a long-term solution for your home or office security needs. The film itself is made from durable polyester material and once applied, will last for many years without needing to be replaced. Although if you suffer from a lot of condensation on your windows, some less well made security film can start to peel from your windows earlier.

Does window film actually work?

The answer is yes! Security window film has been tested and proven to be an effective way of deterring burglars and thieves, as well as providing protection against flying glass in the event of a breakage. If you are looking for an extra layer of security for your home or office, then we recommend considering adding security film to your windows. Below we’ve outline some of the best options available on the market.

What are the best security window films?

To save you some time we’ve gone ahead and picked and review some of the best security films available. Here’s our top picks:

Active Film Clear Safety & Security Window Film (Anti Shatter Glass Protection)

With very easy installation this Active Film anti shatter film came out as our top pick. All you need to do is peel off the outer layer and evenly apply to the glass of your window, spreading to each corner or side with a flat edged tool or squeegee to remove any air bubbles that may have formed. It comes with some helpful full fitting instructions that outline exactly how this can be done.

It’s also meant to be one of the longest lasting security window films available on the market and backs themselves for this with a 10 year warranty, meaning if you have any issues within that period you can simply return the window film for a full refund.

Additionally, it has optically clear film that once applied looks virtually the same as the window itself.

At £6.99 per 50cm x 1m or £32.49 for 50cm x 10m, its also great value for money and with over 290 reviews and an average rating of 4.3 star, it’s our top pick for security film and most definitely worth looking at.

Happyroom Anti Shatter Glass Protection Safety & Security Window Film Clear Glass Protection

Happyroom’s glass protection security film is a close runner up to the above. While still providing great protection it is a little bit more difficult to apply to windows and doors.

It’s also pretty great when it comes down to value for money, but doesn’t have quite as any many sizes and options as above with you having to choose from 76cm x 3m (£27.59) up to 76cm x 10m (£49.99). With over 220 reviews and a average star rating of 4, this is still a good option, particularly if the dimensions are closer to those of your windows.

Active Film Safety & Security Window Film/Clear Glass Protection / 99% UV Rejection

Our third pick is another security film by Active Film. It’s another really worth considering if you have windows that receive a considerable amount of sunlight.

While each of the security films above do provide a certain amount of UV protection, this one has been engineered to keep out 99% of those rays from penetrating pass the film and window and entering your home. If your window faces furniture or anything that could be damaged by excessive sunlight, this would be your best option.

Final thoughts

Security window film is a great way to deter burglars and thieves, as well as providing protection against flying shards of glass in the event of a breakage. If you’re looking for an easy, cheap and effective way to add additional protection to your home, security film could well be your answer.

We hope you’ve found this article helpful, if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below!

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