Commercial Construction & Renovation

MAY-JUN 2017

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Safety and security Safety and security is an important benefit for commercial buildings with ground floor windows. Glass is an inviting target for vandals intent on mischief or worse. With professionally installed safety and security film, should an intruder attempt to enter through the window, they'll be delayed. The safety film holds the glass together and prevents it from shattering, delaying the intruder's entrance, and allowing local authorities to get to the scene in a timely manner. In the event of a natural disaster, window film also limits the amount of dan- gerous glass shards flying around the area. As with any safety measure, there are limitations to what the product can do. Today's safety films are marketed and thoroughly tested for improving glass perfor- mance for safety glazing, intrusion, extreme weather conditions and blast mitigation. But while films can reduce glass hazards upon initial impact and slow the in- trusion process, with repeated impacts they will eventually allow access, as do many anti-intrusion products. Next steps Window film is a cost-effective product that can give a commercial building a fresh new look. A professional film installer can assist you in selecting the best film product for your unique building and needs, with a professional installation helping make a lasting impact, benefitting the project for years to come. CCR Michael Mancini is the marketing director for Madico Window Films, St. Petersburg, Fla. For more information, visit SEEING THE LIGHT Ellis building after Per the International Window Film Association (IWFA), the return on investment is higher for commercial building owners when renovating with window film verses any other method. 134 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION — MAY : JUNE 2017

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