Surface Protection Options for Protecting Windows During Construction

Using temporary window protection during construction, renovation, and transportation activities prevents scratches to valuable windows.

This surface protection is useful not only in the construction industry, but also can be used to protect the windows of cars, boats, planes, helicopters, and recreational vehicles. Protecting windows from scratches can save thousands of dollars in replacement and repair costs.

The most common types of window protection are adhesive films. These films come in a variety of sizes and lengths and can protect windows for short, medium, and long durations. Short-term window film is rated for 30 day use. It is a thin, 3 mil film that is easily installed by applying pressure and is convenient for window protection during stucco application or for short vehicle transportation trips. Mid-term window film (also known as Ultra-Film) is rated for 60-90 day use.

This film has the same thickness and easy installation of the short-term film along with more UV resistance. It is the best choice for use in hotter, sunnier climates or for longer protection needs. Long-term window film contains Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and can safely protect windows for up to a year. UV protective films eliminate up to 99% of UV light and prevent the adhesives used in these products to soften and leave adhesive residue on the windows. Block-Out film is a thick, opaque commercial film designed to eliminate the ability to see through the glass.

This film is great for protecting expensive equipment and supplies during construction projects. It also effectively hides car or boat showrooms to preserve excitement for a new product release. This film can also be used for advertising graphics and can be kept on windows for months at a time. Anti-graffiti films are available for both short-term and permanent applications. These films make it difficult to apply graffiti to windows and make clean-up much easier. These products are particularly good for commercial and government buildings. Another permanent type of window protection prevents windows from shattering. This ‘shatter-proof’ film holds the window shards together in the event the window is broken. It is mostly used on commercial buildings.

All of these types of window protection are temporary except for the anti-graffiti and shatter-proof films. They are also guaranteed not to leave a residue on windows upon removal if they are used as directed. To learn more about the different types of window protection, contact your local surface protection experts.

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