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WINDOW FILM
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ANSWERS TO YOUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ABOUT 3M WINDOW FILM

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From company inquiries, and understanding the different types of films, to the installation process, we've got you covered. Trust our expertise and let us help you make informed decisions.

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  • HOW LONG DO 3M WINDOW FILMS LAST?
    3M™ Window Films are backed by a limited lifetime warranty, one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry. Most of 3M's Residential Window Films have a limited lifetime warranty to resist peeling, bubblling, and discoloration for long-lasting beauty and clarity.
  • HOW ARE 3M WINDOW FILMS TESTED?
    3M pushes beyond industry standards, subjecting their films to rigorous durability tests, even natural disasters and bomb blasts. They test their films at the most advanced weathering facilities in the world, so you can count on superior performance, durability, and confident protection.
  • HOW DO I SELECT THE RIGHT WINDOW FILM?
    Selecting the right window film begins with assessing your needs and what you hope to accomplish with your film. If you need help understanding which window film might be right for you, request a free consultation and have our experts assess your situation and make the best product recommendation. Below is a brief recommendation of a few of our best selling products: ​ 3M™ Sun Control Window Films are designed to tame the effects of the sun to keep you cool, comfortable, and energy-efficient. All this, while leaving your views and the look of your home or business virtually unchanged. 3M™ Safety and Security Window Films help protect your family and property from broken glass caused by break-and-enter crimes, accidents, and natural disasters. These films are also great options to help mitigate various intruder threats for schools, offices, and government buildings. 3M™ Decorative and Privacy Window Films give you the freedom to transform glass surfaces to suit your design needs and wishes, from bold, colorful statements to elegant privacy.
  • WHAT IS MY RETURN ON INVESTMENT WITH 3M COMMERCIAL WINDOW FILMS?
    3M Window film is considered a top-tier technology for energy conservation with one of the fastest paybacks, approximately three years.
  • WHAT DOES THE 3M WINDOW FILM WARRANTY COVER?
    Provided that the product is maintained in accordance with the Window Care Instructions, 3M™ Residential Standard Warranty guarantees Window Films will: ​ Maintain Solar Reflective Properties without cracking, crazing, or peeling Maintain Adhesion Properties without blistering, bubbling, or delaminating from the glass Maintain Appearance without discoloration Maintain Strength, Tear, and Penetration Resistant Properties as defined in product literature
  • IS MY 3M WINDOW FILM WARRANTY TRANSFERABLE?
    3M’s window film warranty is only to the original purchaser of the product and is not transferable.
  • HOW IS WINDOW FILM INSTALLED?
    We clean your windows prior to installation. The film is precut to the size of your windows. We then apply 3M™ Window Films to glass using a soapy solution and adhere to your window using a squeegee. We complete with a final trim and drying around the edges of the glass.
  • HOW LONG DO 3M WINDOW FILMS TAKE TO DRY?
    Window film has a drying time that ranges from 60-90 days depending on your film and the weather conditions. During this time, any water bubbles or ripples will dry out and disappear.
  • WHAT SETS ULTRA SECURITY WINDOW FILM APART FROM OTHER WINDOW FILM COMPANIES?
    We are a family-owned and operated business that has been serving the Hernando, Citrus, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties for over 25 years. We take pride in building long-lasting relationships with our customers and creating a non-pressure sales environment. We want you to be confident and love the decision that you’ve made to protect your home or business with 3M window films. No buyer's remorse when you choose Ultra.
  • WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A FREE ESTIMATE?
    Mike, the owner of Ultra, does all of our in-home estimates. We schedule a time to visit your home or business that is convenient for you. Mike takes the time to address your window film goals and any questions or concerns you have about window film. We measure the inside glass panes of your windows and calculate a price on-site. We always have film samples and informational brochures on hand to leave with our customers of the products we carry.
  • WHAT DOES 3M'S COMMERCIAL WINDOW FILM WARRANTY COVER?
    3M™ Window Films are designed to resist peeling, bubbling, scratching, and abrasion for long-lasting beauty and clarity. 3M offers one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry with a 10-15 year commercial warranty depending on film selection. — from a trusted company you know will be around.
  • HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AN AUTHORIZED 3M WINDOW FILM DEALER?
    Mike has been selling window film as an Authorized 3M dealer since 1993. We have been conducting business as Ultra Security Window Film, Inc. since 1997.
  • HOW DO I CLEAN MY 3M WINDOW FILMS?
    3M Window Films can be washed with common washing solutions including ammonia-based products, 30 days after installation. Synthetic sponges, squeegees, or soft cloths are recommended for cleaning. To maintain your warranty, do not use abrasive type cleaning agents, tape, or other adhesive products that could scratch the window film.
  • DOES SUN CONTROL WINDOW FILM DARKEN MY BUILDING?
    We provide various options with 3M™ Sun Control Window Films to keep your windows and office full of natural light while giving you protection from heat, glare, and fading of office valuables. Contrary to what most other companies will say, getting protection from the sun does not mean that you have to darken your windows.
  • HOW DOES SUN CONTROL WINDOW FILM AFFECT MY HOMES ENERGY BILLS?
    3M™ Window Films reduce up to 79% of the sun’s heat that comes through windows by reflecting it away from your home. This means a cooler, more comfortable environment for you and your family, all while helping you to save money with lower air conditioning bills.
  • HOW DOES SUN CONTROL WINDOW FILM PROTECT AGAINST FADING?
    3M™ Window Films block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, which are the single largest cause of fading. They also help reduce the effects of solar heating and visible light, which contribute to fading. 3M™ Window Films help to extend the useful life of your carpets, window treatments, furniture and hardwood floors.
  • CAN 3M SUN CONTROL FILM REDUCE GLARE ON A TV?
    3M™ Window Films have a glare reduction performance of up to 90% depending on your glass type and window film selection. This makes viewing your TV and electronic devices much more comfortable in a sunlit room with window tint installed.
  • WILL SUN CONTROL WINDOW FILM KEEP MY OFFICE COOLER?
    Direct sunlight streaming through your windows can make that area 9°F warmer than the rest of your building. 3M™ Sun Control Window Films are designed to reduce those hotspots by reducing the amount of heat transmitted through window glass and reflecting heat back outside. The results are a cooler more comfortable environment for your occupants.
  • HOW DOES 3M SUN CONTROL WINDOW TINT WORK?
    3M™ Sun Control Window Films are designed to reduce the amount of heat transmitted through window glass by reflecting some of the heat back outside resulting in a cooler more comfortable environment inside your home. Owner and Operator of Ultra Security Window Film, Mike Keefe, explains how 3M window films perform when applied to your windows.
  • HOW DOES SUN CONTROL WINDOW FILM EFFECT MY BUILDING'S ENERGY BILLS?
    Upgrading with 3M™ Sun Control Films can help reduce energy use by as much as 19 kWh per square foot (205 kWh/m2) of windows, saving you money by rejecting heat and running your HVAC systems less.
  • WHAT IS MY RETURN ON INVESTMENT WITH 3M SAFETY AND SECURITY WINDOW FILMS?
    Unlike many security upgrades, 3M™ Security Window Films provide great heat rejection that helps provide energy savings by reducing air conditioning costs that save you money. With 3M™ Window Films, you can recoup your investment in as little as three years.
  • HOW DO 3M SAFETY & SECURITY FILMS WORK?
    3M™ Safety & Security Window Films are designed to hold broken glass in place and help prevent flying shards from harming your family and damaging property. You can improve the overall performance of 3M™ Safety & Security Window Films with the addition of 3M™ Impact Protection Attachment Systems.
  • CAN SAFETY AND SECURITY WINDOW FILM STOP BREAK-INS?
    Because 3M™ Safety & Security Window Films help hold broken glass together, a stronger barrier is created, slowing down criminals to the point where they may choose to flee for an easier target. Testing has shown that 3M™ Safety & Security Window Films with Attachment Systems can deter an intruder for as long as two minutes.
  • DO 3M SAFETY & SECURITY WINDOW FILMS MEET BUILDING CODE?
    Building code references safety glass standards such as ANSI Z97.1 or 16 CFR 1201. 3M™ Safety Window Films have been impact tested to these and other safety glass standards, and third-party test reports are available from independent test labs, such as those that may be accredited by the Safety Glazing Certification Council to facilitate approval by a local code official.
  • CAN I GET BOTH SECURITY AND SUN PROTECTION IN ONE WINDOW FILM?
    3M™ Safety and Security Window Films are available in clear, safety-only versions, or as a combination film with both sun control and safety features.
  • HOW DO 3M SAFETY AND SECURITY WINDOW FILMS HOLD UP AGAINST BOMB BLASTS AND EXPLOSIONS?
    3M rigorously tests against a multitude of explosion and blast standards that include both shock tube and open-air arena explosive testing. 3M™ Safety & Security Window Film Ultra Series is specifically manufactured to help provide additional protection from bombs with its micro-layered, tear-resistant design. ​
  • HOW DO I CLEAN DECORATIVE WINDOW FILM?
    Cleaning is simple with 3M™ Decorative Glass Finishes and Window Films. Just wash the films with common, non-abrasive cleaning solutions and a soft cloth to ensure longevity.
  • ARE DECORATIVE AND PRIVACY FILMS PERMANENT?
    3M™ Window Films can be removed without damage to your window glass. If you decide to redesign your space, your glass can go along for the ride with the unlimited options of 3M™ Decorative Glass Finishes and Films.
  • IS DECORATIVE WINDOW FILM MORE COST-EFFECTIVE THAN DESIGNER GLASS?
    Installing designer glass can be costly. With unlimited design and privacy options, 3M™ Decorative Glass Finishes and Window Films is a cost-effective way to create the perfect amount of privacy, style, and even textured glass at a fraction of the cost.
  • CAN YOU LAYER DECORATIVE WINDOW FILMS?
    3M™ Fasara Decorative Films can be used just the way they are or be layered to achieve your desired privacy and design goals.
  • DOES 3M HAVE A WINDOW FILM THAT ALLOWS ME TO SEE OUT WITHOUT OTHERS SEEING IN?
    With the correct lighting balance, 3M™ Mirror Films create a one-way mirror effect allowing you to see out without others easily seeing in.
  • CAN I CREATE PRIVACY WITHOUT USING BLACK OUT WINDOW FILM?
    With many options in style, opacity, and translucency, 3M™ Decorative Glass Finishes give you options to tailor the amount of privacy you need in your workspace without sacrificing the beauty of natural light.
  • DO DECORATIVE AND PRIVACY FILMS BLOCK OUT SUNLIGHT?
    3M™ Decorative Window Films are designed to create privacy without sacrificing the beauty of natural light. 3M™ Fasara Decorative Films do however block up to 99% of harmful ultraviolet rays so you can enjoy your privacy and know you and your furnishings are protected.
  • HOW MUCH HEAT IS REJECTED WITH 3M™ PRESTIGE SERIES WINDOW FILMS?
    The films allow 50 to 70% of the natural light into your building yet reject up to 60% of the heat coming through your windows and up to 97% of the sun’s infrared light.
  • CAN YOU INSTALL 3M™ PRESTIGE SERIES FILMS ON THE OUTSIDE?
    3M™ Prestige Exterior Series Window Films are designed to be installed on the exterior of your home, protecting those hard-to-reach places and extending the life of furnishings by reducing 99% of harmful UV rays.
  • CAN I GET BOTH SUN AND SAFETY PROTECTION WITH 3M™ PRESTIGE SERIES WINDOW FILMS?
    With 3M™ Sun Control Window Film Ultra Prestige Series, you get the best of both worlds. Giving you all the benefits of superior sun control combined with remarkable strength 3M™ Prestige Series Window Films helps deter crimes and reduce potential injury from flying shards of glass.
  • WHAT MAKES 3M™ PRESTIGE WINDOW FILMS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER WINDOW FILMS?
    What sets 3M™ Window Films apart is the precision with which light waves are controlled as they pass through or reflect off of hundreds of layers of film. Compared to other films, 3M™ Prestige Series Window Films increase their performance at a faster rate as the sun’s angle increases. That means greater protection and comfort when you need it the most.
  • WILL 3M™ PRESTIGE WINDOW FILMS CHANGE MY VIEW?
    3M™ Prestige Series Window Films use non-metalized technology which eliminates corrosion and provides high visual light transmission. This unique technology results in excellent aesthetics, enhancing your views from the inside out.
  • CAN I GET WINDOW FILM INSTALLED ON THE OUTSIDE OF MY BUILDING?
    When your building has hard-to-reach places that need protection from the sun's heat, 3M™ Prestige Series Window Films are your best option. With exterior window film options, we can give you the protection that you need when interior application is too difficult.
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