Will window films cause glass to break?
Glass breaks when stressed. There are five types of stress, which may cause glass breakage:
- Thermal Stress--from absorption of solar radiation.
- Tensile Stress--from the weight of the glass itself.
- Mechanical Flexing Stress--from wind.
- Impact Stress--from flying objects, hail, baseballs.
- Twisting Stress--from building or window frame sagging or settling.
The first type, thermal stress, is the only one which film may affect. The use of window films will increase the thermal stress on sunlit glass. However, there are also other factors which will increase thermal stress such as: partial shading of windows from overhangs, tightly fitting drapes or blinds, signs or decals on windows, heating and cooling vents directed at glass. In addition, different types of glass (annealed versus tempered, clear versus tinted) have different solar absorption rates and will withstand different degrees of thermal stress.
Panorama for example has recommended film-to-glass tables for use by qualified dealers. If a consumer is ever in doubt, he/she should request a copy of such guidelines. Listed are some glass types or conditions where the use of a solar control (not clear safety) type of window film is not recommended without extreme caution.
- ANY SINGLE PANE GLASS LARGER THAN 100 SQUARE FEET
- DOUBLE PANE GLASS LARGER THAN 40 SQUARE FEET
- CLEAR GLASS THICKER THAN 3/8 INCH
- TRIPLE OR QUADRUPLE PANE IG UNITS
- WINDOW FRAMING SYSTEMS OF CONCRETE OR METAL THAT HAS NO GASKETS OR SEALS
- GLASS WHERE FRAMING SEALANT OR GASKETS THAT ARE NO LONGER RESILIENT
- DAMAGED, CHIPPED, CRACKED OR SCRATCHED GLASS
- ROUND, BENT, LAMINATED, TEXTURED, OR WIRED GLASS OR SKYLIGHTS
Our films come with a standard 5 to 10 year limited glass breakage warranty.
Reducing your exposure to UV radiation will lower your risk of developing skin cancer