Window Film Care
IMPORTANT DETAILS ABOUT YOUR SUN-GARD WINDOW FILM INSTALLATION
During the window film drying purpose, you may notice changes in optical clarity. A cloudy appearance may occur. If this happens, it is normal and will go away.
It is also important to note that drying times are dramatically affected by climate, film thickness and metal content. When the film is exposed to hot and sunny conditions, it will dry much faster.
To better understand your new window film installation, please make note of the following items:
- The solution that your SunGard installer used to apply the film will not be completely removed during the installation process - over time through heat and evaporation the film will dry out
- Films with multiple layers, such as safety and security films, will also take longer to dry than standard film.
- Occasionally small water beads or bubbles will form during the drying process. This is normal and they will dry out and disappear - please do not touch the film at these points
Never use abrasive materials to clean your window film. Window film products do not have hard surface characteristics of glass, therefore care should be exercised in the selection of materials for cleaning.
A soft towel, or clean sponge is recommended for washing, followed by a soft cloth or squeegee for drying.
Do not use cleaning fluids that contain ammonia or vinegar which may affect the adhesive system and will void the warranty.
Do NOT clean your new window film for at least 30 days after installation or until all small water beads and bubbles have disappeared.
All our films carry with them the manufacturer's world wide warranty against scratching, loss of colour, loss of reflectivity and against peeling or cracking providing the installation has been carried out in accordance with their accepted procedure by one of our authorised film installers.
The warranty period is now normally ten years for most internally fitted films with the exception of sputtered Summer/Winter films, Vinyls and the speciality Matte and Blackout films which only extend to five years.
CoolKote is limited to eight years and externally applied films are usually restricted to a two year warranty when applied to vertical glazing.
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Regulation 14 - Health & Safety In The Workplace
DOES YOUR GLAZING CONFORM
Since 1st January 1996 it has been a legal requirement to have all relevant existing glazing made impact safe and be so marked
THE NEW REGULATIONS STATE..........
Workplace Health & Safety Welfare Approved code of Practice L24 Regulation 14 is a legal requirement from 1st January 1996. It is also in the Building Regulations BS 6262 Part 4, Safety, Human Impact. Its effect is to prevent serious injury to persons through accidental collision with glazing at work.
Every window or glazed area in a wall, partition, door, or gate shall be of safety material or be protected against breakage - ie, it should break on impact or should not break safely.
Safety Glazing material must meet BS6206 Class B in doors and side panels over 900mm wide, and Class C in those less than 900mm wide. Low level glazing must meet a minimum of BS 6206 Class C.
This entails the use of laminated, toughened or safety-wired glass, or plastic glazing sheet that meet BS 6206, or glass with plastic film applied so that the pane of glass with the film meets BS 6206 Class A or B
THE MANIFESTATION OF GLAZING
Existing glazing must also be appropriately marked or featured so as to make it apparent and thus avoid the risk of collision because it is not properly visible.
In particular, large uninterrupted areas of glazing where people might reasonably think they can walk straight through.
WHAT GLAZING IS AFFECTED.....
"Critical locations" is the term given to describe the areas of internal and external walls, doors and partitioning which are of primary concern in terms of glazing safety. These areas are depicted here and described in the two categories below:
CRITICAL LOCATIONS ARE.....
Between the finished floor level and 1500mm (shoulder height) above level in doors, and in side panels which fall within 300mm of either edge of the door.
Between the finished floor level and 800mm (waist height) above that level in the case of walls, partitions and windows
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT ANY PART OF A GLASS PANE AFFECTED MUST MEET THE REQUIREMENTS IN ITS ENTIRITY AND NOT JUST IN THE RELEVANT SECTIONS
YOU MAY THINK THAT.......
The glass used in fire doors is already safety approved. The glass used in fire doors may be approved for fire safety but PROBABLY NOT for impact safety. Any door glazing or side panels below 1500mm from ground level (roughly shoulder height) - which includes most fire doors - must be made safe against human impact to BS 6206.
only glass in doors or glass partitions must be made safe. Any glass which is within 300mm of a doorway and below 1500mm, or windows or partition glazing that in part fall below 800mm from the finished floor level, must also be made impact-safe to BS 6206 in its entirity and, where necessary, be made apparent by the application of suitable MANIFESTATION.
We're OK - we had safety glass fitted when the offices were built (or refurbished) Each pane that complies must be INDIVIDUALLY marked to the applicable BS 6206 compliance, ie. BS 6206 A or B-F (F = film).
HOW TO CONFORM
The glass can either be hacked out and reglazed with laminated or toughened glass, plastic glazing sheet, or safety-wired glass that complies with both requirements for impact safety and fire ratings, or where necessary.
THE EASY COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION - GlassGard Safety & Security Window Film
The cost is less than a quarter of that of a total hack out and reglaze. It is also far quicker, cleaner and less disruptive (it is not necessary to redecorate after film application). It can also greatly reduce solar heat gain, glare and fading and film has a hard coat scratch resistant surface ensuring long life durability.
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Window Film Applications
REFLECTIVE SILVER FILMS
The most popular and practical in the solar film range. Rejects a high proportion of solar heat and glare. High Reflective Silver is Recommended where solar heat and glare are a major problem. Gives a high degree of daytime privacy and is recommended for screening out private or unsightly areas. External versions are available where internal application is unsuitable.Available also in Medium or Light Reflective Silver where higher levels of light transmission or visibility are desirable.
Combined safety films available in S15 & S35
REFLECTIVE BRONZE FILMS
Rejects a high percentage of solar heat and glare giving a subtle bronze exterior effect. Allows a higher proportion of natural light through when compared with other reflective films. Available in Dark, Medium and Light Reflective Strengths.
Combined safety film available in B20
SPUTTERED BRONZE FILMS
Gives glass a subtle sparkling bronze appearance. Combines excellent solar heat reduction with good internal viewing without the high loss of incoming natural light. Ideal for upgrading the appearance of commercial premises.Available in Dark, Medium and Light Reflective Strengths.
REFLECTIVE GREY FILMS
Enhances the appearance of glass with a subtle smoke effect. Excellent protection against solar heat. Much more acceptable to some premises than the highly reflective films.Available in Dark, Medium and Light Reflective Strengths.
Combined safety film available in G35
BLUE GOLD & GREEN FILMS
Reflective films in the speciality colours of Dark Blue, Gold and Dark Green.
SAFETY & SECURITY FILMS
Available in clear 50, 100, 175 and 300 micron grades, giving increased levels of protection depending upon circumstances and pane sizes. Virtually undetectable once fitted, provide protection against accidental or deliberate damage including terrorism and vandalism.
Combined Reflective Safety Films are detailed in the relative sections highlighted above.
REFLECTIVE NEUTRAL FILMS
Similar to grey films and with similar benefits where subtlety is required. Available in Dark, Medium and Light Reflective Strengths.
Combined solar safety film available in DN33
Museum ultra-violet elimination films are available in 50 micron grades.
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