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3M Prestige Window Film

3M Prestige Window Film gives Historic Performance

The 200 year old Historic Rosedale House has 3M Prestige  Window Film applied throughout the house to help preserve the history of our Charlotte, North Carolina region. Even on single pane antique glass window films can improve conditions to reduce damage to valuable and priceless furnishings and relics.

3M Prestige Window Film on angle heat rejection

All window films are tested perpendicular to the window

3M Prestige Series Films are also tested and perform best when the sun is high at the hottest parts of the day. To measure just how impressive these films are, 3M created a more stringent test for their performance: Total Solar Energy Rejected – On Angle. This test proves that 3M films are unsurpassed throughout the day and especially during the hottest times when you need the help most. So, when the sun is working hardest, 3M films are performing their best.

While some films claim similar performance, the fact is their performance is only similar when tested perpendicular to the sun. Their tests can only happen at the relatively cool times of sunrise and sunset. 3M spectrally- selective films reject up to 97% of the sun’s infrared light to help keep your home cool and lower your energy bills.

3M Window Films are designed to reduce the effects of solar heat and visible light on your furnishings and will block up to 99.9% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, the single largest cause of fading. While no film can stop fading completely, 3M films dramatically slow the process of fading to keep your building and merchandise looking beautiful.

A New Standard Of Performance Metallic Films Can’t Match

Until recently, most window films that rejected heat were tinted dark, used metal or were highly reflective. Over the years, various other companies have tried to create a clear window film with mixed results. While they were able to achieve improved performance their drawbacks made them unacceptable for most fine homes. Because these films used metal, they were susceptible to corrosion, especially in coastal environments, and interfered with mobile phone reception. Because the Prestige Series has no metals, they are the first films to offer a variety of selections that eliminate these problems and perform to the industry’s highest standards.

Optically Clear. Technically Superior.

Creating a clear window film with all these advantages wasn’t easy. It required the world-leading, nano-technology laboratories of 3M. Nano-technology works with materials that are over a thousand times smaller than the width of a hair. This expertise allows us to create a patented window film with hundreds of layers that is less than the thickness of a Post-it® Note. It has allowed us to create a film that delivers the highest performance possible without metal, which can corrode and interfere with mobile phone signals.

The Morpho butterfly can be the most beautiful color of blue

The Morpho, however, has no pigment whatsoever in its wings. The blue color is the result of a tiny multi-layer wing structure that receives all light, but reflects back only the blue spectrum.

Prestige film is made the same way, with over 220 multiple layers in less than 2mm thickness. Prestige film has layers of alternating polymers that are spaced to receive light, but reflect back the infrared spectrum, the portion of light that most produces heat.

No one has more experience with window film than 3M. In 1966, 3M received the first patent for window film. Today there are millions of square feet of 3M Window Films installed around the world. With the new Prestige Series, 3M has once again demonstrated why they are the industry leader.