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3M Window Films Offer Residential Weather and Sun Protection

Your residential windows not only offer a view to the outside world, but weather and sun protection from it, and in 2021 those elements were challenging with the 4th-warmest year on record fueled by a record-warm December.

“The year 2021 was marked by extremes across the U.S., including exceptional warmth, devastating severe weather and the second-highest number of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters on record,” said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAH) in a January 10, 2022, release.

Those folks that opted for residential 3M weather and sun protection – which includes the Ultra Prestige Series, Ultra Series, and the Safety Series – certainly got their money’s worth.

“3M safety and security window film is the ultimate in high tech weather and sun protection,” said Sunset Glass Tinting President Eddy Russell. “The best thing about residential 3M is that it is designed to not change the appearance of your home while allowing up to 70 percent of the visible light through your windows, while holding the glass together in the event of severe weather or a break-in.”

The Heat is On: 2021 Above Average Temperatures

3M window films help control excessive heat and there was no shortage of that in 2021.

NOAH in its 2021 climate by the numbers found that:

  • The December contiguous U.S. temperature was 39.3 degrees F, 6.7 degrees above average, making it the warmest December on record and exceeding the previous warmest December in 2015.
  • Ten states — Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas — also had their warmest Decembers on record.
  • For 2021, the average contiguous U.S. temperature was 54.5 degrees F, 2.5 degrees above the 20th-century average and ranked as the fourth-warmest year in the 127-year period of record. The six warmest years on record have all occurred since 2012.
  • Maine and New Hampshire had their second-warmest year on record with 19 additional states across the Northeast, Great Lakes, Plains and West experiencing a top-five warmest year. Meanwhile, Alaska’s average annual temperature was 26.4 degrees F, 0.4 of a degree above the long-term average and the coldest year since 2012.

Residential 3M for Weather and Sun Protection Series

Window films can help insulate your residential windows against excessive heat and cold while allowing you to enjoy natural light in comfort year-round.

“3M window films let in the light you love while reflecting much of the sun’s heat away from your home, so you can stay cooler in the summer,” says 3M. “At the same time, they block up to 99 percent of harmful UV rays – without blocking your view.

Residential 3M for weather and sun protection comes in three series:

Ultra Prestige Series

  • Combines 42 micro-layers of strong, tear-resistant Ultra safety film with the added advantage of Prestige Series sun control films.
  • Designed not to change the appearance of your home, allowing up to 70 percent of the visible light through your windows.
  • Holds glass together in the event of a break-in or severe weather.
  • Blocks heat and reduces hot spots by rejecting almost all of the sun’s infrared rays.

Ultra Series

  • Like Ultra Prestige Series, it offers 42 micro-layers of strong, tear-resistant safety film.
  • Superior performance over standard polyester films in impact events.
  • Available in clear safety film or with a tinted sun control option.

Safety Series

  • These 7 and 8 mil polyester films offer basic protection.
  • Paired with a special thicker adhesive to help hold broken glass together.
  • Available in clear safety film or with a tinted sun control option.

3M Window Films Offer Impact Protection Systems

If you have ever lived in a home near a golf course then you understand the value of impact protection on your windows.

3M window films offer an impact protection system that includes:

  • Bonds the filmed window to the frame with either an adhesive or profile option.
  • Attachment system offers the highest level of protection—strong enough to withstand high impacts.
  • Creates a robust window protection system that significantly outperforms window film-only installations.

Investing in 3M residential window tinting takes sun control to a whole new level for your home while adding the winning combination of safety, security and sun protection.

“Selecting 3M window films gives you peace of mind while protecting your family and property,” said Russell.

Sunset Glass Tinting, headquartered in Houston, manufactures and distributes a broad range of protective, functional, and decorative materials-based solutions including films, coatings, and laminates nationwide for applications from aerospace to architecture.

Contact Sunset Glass Tinting today to find out more about how our 3M window films can protect your residential investment.