Fragment Retention Films will reduce injuries - making facilities safer by upgrading existing glass.


Window Security Film

Window Film and Blast Mitigation

Also known as:

Window security film

Safety film

Impact film

Fragment retention film

Anti-shatter film

Glazing film


Window Security Film

Security Window Films have been shown to deter entry for up to TWO MINUTES! All Security Films are installed using a frame attachment system. Upgrade any facility by using window film.

  • Micro-layered film designed for tear resistance.

  • Optically clear and will not change how your windows appear.

  • Adheres to interior glass surface and can be applied to both sides.

Choose between clear, shaded or 1 way mirror finish

Choose between clear, shaded or 1 way mirror finish

  • Deter Intrusion
  • Prevent Smash and Grab
  • Upgrade old glass to impact code
  • Extreme Weather and Earthquakes
  • Industrial and Bomb Blast Events
  • Reduce Flying Object Hazards
  • Accidental Release of High Pressure Steam, Gas, Oil or H2O‍
  • 3M Scotchshield Ultra S800 & 3M Safety S140
  • JWF SEC08 & JWF SEC12
  • LLumar® SCL SR PS13

Window film or fragment retention films are highly effective in increasing safety and security. By installing Window film, your glass will be safer and more secure. window film can be installed in homes, commercial buildings, retail stores, government buildings and mobile equipment. This system is designed to provide a "safety net" from dangerous broken glass and flying shards by bonding to the glass and holding it in place if it breaks.

Anchoring is recomended to be installed with window film. The anchoring is installed around the window frame and holds the glass in place, even when it's broken. This system is very effective in slowing down and stopping intrusion and/or flying glass.

  • Odorless non-corrosive curing process.
  • Cures to an extremely tough structural elastomer. This ensures a durable, flexible, watertight bond.
  • High weather resistance to ultraviolet radiation, heat and moisture.
  • Excellent un-primed adhesion to a wide range of substrates.
  • One-part, neutral-cure elastomeric sealant.

Window film is available in a variety of thickness constructions depending on the level of protection needed. Choose between undetectable clear films or several shaded solar control options if added sun protection is desired.

Products can be installed on any flat hard surface. Tempered or annealed glass, acrylic or poly-carbonate, metal, aluminum or stainless surfaces.


Security film is available in different thicknesses. Depending on the application, we will help you select the best film thickness for your needs.

Film can be used for glass safety to ensure sharp shards of glass do not pose a threat to people. The film holds the broken glass together making it much safer.


Provides additional protection during explosions, natural disasters and solar heat.

Reduces safety issues for fragile wire frame glass.

Thicker design helps hold glass together at higher impact situations. Gauge, MIL or thickness, is a basic descriptive property.

12 MIL Window Film (Similar material to a credit card)

Everyday tint or film is 1-2 MIL (.001 - .002 in) thickness. (Slightly thicker than a plastic shopping bag.)

Window film is a hard polymeric plastic with pressure adhesive on one side that adheres to the window. Installing Anchoring holds the Security Film to the frame.


Attachment System and Anchoring

Window Film is installed on glass and then attached to the framing members. When the glass sustains an impact the glass is held in place by the anchoring and installed window film. It takes 12 lbs to break a window.

Installation of window film and anchoring/attachment system will be done on 2 separate visits.

Window Film can take 30 days or more to cure after install. Anchoring can be installed 24-48 hours after film has been installed. Anchoring will be dry to the touch in as little as 12 hours and fully cured in 7-14 days.



Here at ClearSecure, we only install window films from trusted manufacturers. We are licensed, authorized dealers and installers of only the best products.




Window Films include a Scratch Resistant Hardcoat - long lasting durability, protection and clarity.

10 year comprehensive warranty

Read about Anti-Graffiti Films

Tint vs. Security Window Film

Experience is a must for security film installers.

Installing security film has the same basic concepts involved as regular film; soapy water, knives and squeegees – THIS IS WHERE ALL COMPARISONS STOP.

Security film is one of the most difficult and technical window films to install. Its hard plastic construction and pressure adhesive increase labor and cure-times significantly. The thicker Window Security Films require a level of know-how, patience, planning and product knowledge far beyond conventional films. Safety and security films are designed to satisfy seemingly exotic regulations and standards that the installer may not be familiar with. The labor for these installations will take considerably more time, with a greater potential for encountering obstacles.

Tint can be installed over Security Film. TINT IS NOT A SECURITY PRODUCT.

Tint = 1-2 MIL’s thick

Window Security Film = 8-24 MIL’s thick

Safety is our number one priority. If you have locks on your doors, you should have locks on your windows!

  • Window Film will help augment existing CCTV and Access Control systems. If you have limited access areas, where security is paramount, you should also consider Window Film. After all, how strong are your windows?


Window film

Window film is a thin laminate film that can be installed to the interior or exterior of glass surfaces in automobiles and boats and also to the interior or exterior of glass in homes and buildings. It is usually made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family, due to its clarity, tensile strength, dimensional stability, and ability to accept a variety of surface-applied or embedded treatments.

Window films are generically categorised by their construction components (dyed, pigmented, metallized, ceramic or nano), by their intended use (automotive, marine or architectural), by substrate type (glass or polycarbonate), and/or by their technical performance (privacy, solar control, safety and security).

Window film is normally installed by professional service companies but there are also DIY kits widely available.

The International Window Film Association, founded in 1991, provides unbranded information about window films.[1]



There are many different grades, shades, colors, and thicknesses of available window films built to offer solutions to a variety of challenges. Window films are a retrofit upgrade for existing glass that can be used to address problems inherent to glazing, including:[2]

  • heat and glare reduction

  • thermal insulation

  • UV filtration

  • safety and security

  • privacy

  • decoration, signage and branding

  • protection from graffiti.

  • Automotive styling

Window films are an extremely cost-effective method to reduce heating and cooling costs in existing buildings by reducing the amount of heat transfer through glazing.[3]

Primary properties

The colorful film on these windows gives the building a unique appearance while providing privacy and insulation from the sun.

Heat rejection films are normally applied to the interior of flat glass windows to reduce the amount of infraredvisible light, and ultraviolet (UV) radiation entering windows. Such films are usually dyed or metalized (which can be transparent to visible light) to convert incoming solar radiation to infrared radiation, which is then rejected back through the glass to the exterior. Modern window film technology has created ceramic window films which are non-metallic and do not contain dyes that can result in discoloration. The ceramic and metallic window films usually cost 50-100+ percent more than regular window film but can reduce energy transmission by as much as 80 percent.[4] Ceramic window films cost slightly more but provide a substantial increase by reflecting and absorbing Infrared radiation( radiant heat)

To keep the sun's heat out of the house, a low-emissivity coating should be applied to the outside pane of glazed windows. If the windows are designed to provide heat energy in the winter and keep heat inside the house (typical of cold climates), the low-emissivity coating should be applied to the inside pane of glazed windows. Such films also reduce the amount of visible and ultraviolet radiation entering a window, and are often applied to reduce fading of the contents of a room. Silvered film may also be employed to the same end. Spectrally selective films act by blocking certain wavelengths of the sun's infrared radiation and reject heat without reducing natural light.

Security films are applied to glass so when the glass is broken it holds together, preventing dangerous shards from flying about, or to make it more difficult for an intruder to gain entry. Typically applied to commercial glass, these films are made of heavy-gauge plastic and are intended to maintain the integrity of glass when subject to heavy impact. The most robust security films are capable of preventing fragmentation and the production of hazardous glass shards from forces such as bomb blasts. Some companies have even experimented with bullet ballistics and multiple layers of security film.[5] Another key application for security window films (safety window films) is on large areas of "flat glass" such as storefront windows, sliding glass doors, and larger windows that are prone to hurricane damage. These security films, if applied properly, can also provide protection for vehicles.[citation needed] These security films are often tinted and can be up to 400 micrometers (µm) thick, compared to less than 50 µm for ordinary tint films. If anchored correctly, they can also provide protection for architectural glazing in the event of an explosion. A layer of film (of 100 µm thickness or greater) can prevent the ejection of spall when a projectile impacts on its surface, which otherwise creates small dagger-like shards of glass that can cause injury.

Switchable films can be switched from opaque to clear by a safe voltage under 36V AC. In its opaque state, it can be perfectly used as a projection screen that is viewable from both sides. 3G switchable film also has UV (100%) and IR (94%) blocking functions and security function.

Graphic design films are generally colored vinyl or frosted. Frosted finish films closely resemble sandblasted or acid-etched glass, while vinyl films are available in a range of colors. Both types of films are commonly used in commercial applications.

Privacy films reduce visibility through the glass. Privacy film for flat-glass commercial and residential applications may be silvered, offering an unimpeded view from the low-light side but virtually no view from the high-light side. It may also be frosted, rendering the window translucent but not transparent. Privacy films for automobiles are available in gradients of darkness, with the darker tints commonly known as "limo tint."

Correctly applied mirror film can create one-way mirrors. Note that in order to be effective the light differential must be from 6 to 10 times greater to maintain the intended performance. For example, the buildings in a city, during the daytime are difficult to see into, at night however, they can be seen in with ease and if a light is on in the interior space it is easily seen along with the contents.

Other benefits include protection for passengers in the rear of automobiles, protection from UV rays (which have some harmful effects), cooling for pets, greater privacy, reduced chance of theft (because valuables are less visible), reduced glare and reflection on liquid crystal display (LCD) screens, and protection for those who have conditions involving photosensitivity or skin sensitivity, such as lupus (SLE). Window film is also considered more effective and practical than stick-on blinds.

UV filtering to reduce fading[edit]

Protection from UV light can be accomplished by film that addresses only the UV spectrum. As UV is one of the main sources of fading,[6] it can prolong the life of fixtures and fittings. Basic colorless clear films reject (absorbs) some UV radiation up to 380 nm, and depending on the manufacturer, UV inhibitors are added to the polyester, with specialist films offering protection to 400 nm. Tinted films are necessary for protection to 500 nm.[7]

Window films filter out over 99% of UV rays to 380 nm, reducing the main factor in fading. However, additional factors such as solar heat, visible light, humidity, and presence or absence of chemical vapors also contribute to fading. Therefore, the greatest protection from fading is offered by tinted or metallised window films that reject large levels of heat and visible light, in addition to UV.

Selection of window film

Not all films are suitable for all glass. The absorbance of the glass and the film, the size of the pane, the thickness of the glass, the construction of the window should be considered in terms of single pane, insulated glass, treated (with a low-emissivity coating), laminated or toughened.

Advice on the appropriate selection of film for the glass is vital to ensure that the glass does not crack as a result of thermal stress. However, it is possible that a pane of glass may break subsequent to the application of an appropriate film, because the pane has been damaged during the glazing of the window, or as a result of movement of the building or other physical stresses that are not apparent at the time of the application of the film.

Glass may crack subsequent to the application of sign writing or if heavy, thermally efficient drapes are hung close to the glass, particularly if the edges of the glass are damaged.

The chances of glass breakage occurring subsequent to the application of film or sign writing or the hanging of drapes, are very small. However breakage can occur and it is impossible to predict the edge condition of the glass without removing it from the frame – an approach that is not practical.

Thermal properties[edit]

Heating and cooling systems have energy costs, and window films can be used to increase building insulation. Modern windows with low-solar-gain glass do not need retrofit films, but since most of the existing windows do not have a low solar heat gain, window films make a lot of sense as a retrofit energy improvement.[8] They can provide thermal comfort and are one of the most cost-competitive and environmentally-friendly energy improvements, especially in hot and mixed climates.

Unintended features

Under certain conditions, window film will exhibit iridescence also known as Thin film Interference (TFI) and is well known in the Aviation industry. This phenomenon usually occurs at night, when the source of illumination within a building is fluorescent lighting. The amount of iridescence may vary from almost imperceptible to very visible. It most frequently occurs when the film is constructed with scratch resistance protection. When iridescence does occur in window film, the best way to stop it is to prevent the fluorescent light from illuminating the film or to use an alternative type of light.

Building Use

Window tints can be used in applications like shopfront windows, office block windows, and house windows. This is often done to increase privacy, and decrease heating and cooling costs. Window tints are used in some energy efficient buildings.[9]

Window films are also used to apply see-through graphics to glass and other transparent surfaces, to provide advertising, branding, signage and decoration. See-through graphics are most commonly applied using a perforated window film with a graphic visible from one side but not the other side, which remains see-though. Vehicle wraps on buses are perhaps the widest application of see-through graphics.

Certification and standards

The thicker window films known as safety and security window film are designed to perform under extreme conditions, and as such there are specific standard criteria these films should meet, such as American standards ANSI Z.97, CPSC 16 CFR 1201, Cat II (400 ft-lb), and the British Standards BS 6206 (Class A, B, C). The European Committee for Standardization offer the EN12600 standard Classification of Resistance of Glazing to Impact. Often, building codes dictate that a film must have a report verifying that it has met at least one of these standards.

Solar window film is usually subject to less critical testing. However, standards are in place to maintain a level of quality in the industry. The ANSI Standards ASTM E903 and ASTM D1044-93 relate to the solar/UV transmission properties and abrasion resistance, respectively. The larger window film manufacturers use these standards to guarantee the quality of their raw materials and finished products.

Regulations for automotive use

Window tint on a convertible in America. Tint on the front window is lighter than on the back window because of window tint laws.

Photo of vehicle with illegal window tint being measured at 2% light transmittance.

Automobile window tinting reduces the "Visible Light Transmission" (VLT) through car windows. This can be problematic at night, or when motorists must be able to see through the windows of other vehicles in order to spot hazards. Police also may want to be able to identify the passengers or any potential threat inside a vehicle. Therefore, in many jurisdictions, there are laws to restrict the darkness of tinting.

Factory Tint

"Factory tint", done at the time of manufacture is generally not an applied film, but instead is done by dyeing the inside of the glass with a darkened pigment, an electrical process known as "deep dipping." The pigment gives the glass a tint, but doesn't provide UV ray protection or heat rejection like most window films do. The average VLT of factory tint is between 15%-26%.

Regulation by country

  • Australia— In New South Wales, the Roads and Traffic Authority permits VLT of 35% on windows other than the windscreen. Tint on the windscreen – a band across the top is permitted with a depth of no more than 10% of the depth of the windscreen. An exception to the side & rear window tinting regulations applies to cars tinted before 1 August 1994.[10]

  • Belarus— Any kind of window tint is illegal. An exception is made for factory tint in vehicles purchased before 1 April 2006. Also exempt are vehicles of cash collectors, KGB and certain officials.[11]

  • Canada— Automobile tinting laws are set at the provincial level.[12][13]

  • India— The rules governing tinted glass are defined in The Motor Vehicles Act 1988, which states that the front and rear windshield should be 70% VLT and all other windows are limited at 50% VLT. On 27 April 2012, the Supreme Court of India ordered all black films to be removed.[14]

  • Italy— Window tinting is permitted on rear windows and rear windshield only, with no limits on films graduation. A professional installer certificate is also required, and it's necessary to keep visible the film's brand and homologation number on the windows.[15]

  • Lebanon— The Lebanese traffic law does not permit private vehicle owners to tint their front windows (driver window, front passenger window and windshield) without a window film license acquired by the Lebanese defence ministry, nevertheless, it is permitted to tint rear windows up to 0% as no limits are cited. If a private vehicle owner is caught without a window film license, charges will depend on the situation he/she was caught in (100000LBP fine if caught by the Internal Security Forces). [16]

  • Malaysia— The Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai launched the Malaysian Vehicle Tint Film Standardisation Mechanism, MS2669 on all window tinting on newly-registered vehicles starting January 1, 2018. Current permissible VLT levels are 70% for the front windscreen, 50% for front side windows and 30% for rear side windows and rear screen.[17][18]

  • Malta— The Malta Transport Authority Permits VLT of 70% on Front Side windows. Tint on the windscreen – a band across the top is permitted with a depth of no more than 100mm of the depth of the windscreen. 30% on the rear and side windows.[19]

  • New Zealand— The NZ Transport Agency stipulates that private motor vehicles must have at least 35% VLT after film has been applied. Side and rear windows; including the windows next to the driver; are allowed full coverage. The front windshield may have an anti-glare band no lower than the extended sun visors. There is no concise regulation for a sunroof. There is an exception for factory tinted glass, which may be any VLT level. Also, commercial goods vehicles are allowed any level of VLT on windows behind the driver, provided the driver has adequate rear vision via side mirrors.[20]

  • Russia— Window tinting limits are specified in GOST 5727-88. The limit is 75% for the front windshield (a darker stripe no wider than 10 cm is allowed at the very top) and 70% for the front side windows. Tinting of back windows is not regulated. In practice, however, bribes are often used to pass inspection or avoid road police tickets even with illegal tint.[21]

  • United Kingdom— Regulations set forth by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 provide that all front windows in front of the B post can have no less than 70 percent VLT. Windscreens are only allowed tinting outside the sweep of the windscreen wipers to a maximum of six inches from the top of the windscreen.[22] British police are increasingly cracking down on illegal tinting on vehicles although window tints are not checked on the annual MoT Test.[23]

  • United Stateseach state has different limits of allowable tint as measured on the front side window.[24] These range from a low VLT of 24% in Washington,[25] to 88% in California,[26][27] with less stringent restriction being common for windows in the rear of the vehicle. Full details of glazing and sticker laws can be found at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.[28]

See also


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  2. ^ "Windows and Glazing - WBDG Whole Building Design Guide".

  3. ^ "Window Films and Energy Saving" (PDF). International Window Film Association. 7 February 2012.

  4. ^ Your Home: Low-emissivity Window Glazing or Glass. A Consumer's Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. United States Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

  5. ^ "Safe Rooms Within Schools." Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Department of Homeland Security.

  6. ^ "UV Transmittance and Fading".

  7. ^ "Technology - Kylon Window Tinting Films".

  8. ^ " Energy efficient window treatments ";

  9. ^ "Window Film and Energy Efficient Buildings video". EWFA, the European Window Film Association – via Youtube.

  10. ^ Vehicle Standards Information - Windscreens and window tinting

  11. ^ Тонировку стекол разрешают только «ограниченному кругу лиц» 2 February 2006

  12. ^ "Canada Laws" 28 April 2003

  13. ^ Canadian Window Tinting Rules & Laws." International Window Film Association. 28 April 2003.

  14. ^ "Writ petition (Civil) No. 265 OF 2011" (PDF). The Supreme Court of India.

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  18. ^ Abas, Azura. "M'sia launches region's first standardisation test for vehicle tint film". New Straits Times. Media Prima Group. Retrieved 10 February 2019.

  19. ^ "Car Window Tinting Laws " Archived 19 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine,

  20. ^ [1] NZTA - Vehicle windows, wipers and mirrors

  21. ^ "Разрешенная тонировка стекол.Госты тонировки. Норма тонировки стекол.Тонировка закон.Тонировка гибдд. Тонирование по ГОСТу".

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  25. ^ RCW 46.37.430 Safety glazing - Sunscreening or coloring(see 5d & e for exceptions). Washington State Legislature. Revised 4 January 2012. Accessed 21 April 2012.

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