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Safety vs. Security Film
The Products section of this site does an excellent job in describing how Safety & Security films are constructed. But what is the difference between a Safety and Security film? At Johnson Window Films, we use the term Safety Film to describe Trident films with a thickness of 7 mil. or less. Any Trident films with a thickness of 8 mil. or higher is called a Security Film.
In comparison to regular solar control window films, Safety and Security films are uniquely constructed. Special solvents and adhesives are used to strengthen the bond between polyester layers allowing the film to adhere to glass more effectively. Thicker Security films offer greater glass hazard mitigation when facing major glass hazard threats such as explosions and hurricanes. Safety films are used when the glass hazard threat is less severe like in the case of an accident at home or forced entry.
The charts below provide breakdowns of Johnson’s Trident Safety & Security films:
Safety FilmsClearSolar ControlSec 22 Mil. ClearSolar Control not available in 2 Mil.Sec 4 Mil. ClearS4 Series with DaylightNatural
S4 Series with Solar SilverSec 66 Mil. ClearSolar Control not available in 6 Mil.
Benefits of Safety Films:
• Specifically designed for protection against accidental breakage, or smaller impact situations.
• Holds glass in place on impact, preventing dangerous flying glass shards.
• Safety films are perfect for residential windows.
• Available in clear as well as solar control shades to block heat, UV rays and glare.
Security Films Clear Solar Control Sec 7Mil. ClearSolar Control not available in 7 Mil. Sec 8 Mil. ClearS8 Series with DaylightNatural
S8 Series with Solar Silver Sec 11
Sec 11 and 12 Mil. ClearSolar Control not available in 11 or 12 Mil
Benefits of Security Films:
• Security films offer superior glass hazard mitigation, and are best utilized for windows subject to severe glass threats such as bomb blasts, earthquakes and hurricanes.
• Thicker design helps hold glass together at higher impact situations.
• Suited for government buildings plus communities in high-risk hurricane (e.g. Florida) and earthquake (e.g. California) areas.
• Only available as a clear film.