The following provides a glossary of terms often used when discussing Safety & Security films:
ANSI Z97.1 Human Impact Test American National Standard Institute safety test designed to simulate a human walking through a glass window. A 100lb. Bag of lead is dropped against a piece of glass attached to a framing system.
Dade County Protocol Hurricane test developed after Hurricane Andrew in Florida designed to analyze how well a glazing system holds up against impact from wind-borne debris and wind-load pressure.
Glass Hazard Mitigation the term used to describe the level of glass protection provided by window film or a glazing system.
Mechanical Retention System a procedure where security film is applied to a window and anchored to the framing system through an attachment system.
Millimeter or “mil” window film thickness levels are often described in mils. A unit of length equal to one thousandth of an inch. Standard solar control films are approximately 1.5mil. Safety & Security films range from 2mil. all the way up to 12 mil.
Taber Abraser Test A hardcoat test using a Taber Abraser machine to determine scratch resistant levels of safety & security films.
Wet Glaze Retention System a procedure where security film is applied to a window and secured to all four sides of the framing system using special sealants.