Before 3M film was invented, the options for limiting solar heat were fairly limited. One of the most common solutions for reflecting the light was a metallic spray, which was used to coat the glass and limit the transfer of heat. But these sprays were a challenge to install and would often streak, making them a less-than-ideal solution.

When 3M Window Film was created in 1966, the aim was to create a clear polyester product that met the same need. Since then, the applications for this product have expanded significantly, and today, 3M offers a wide range of window film solutions for homes, businesses, and automotive applications.

In this post, our experienced window tinting team at Sun Control of Minnesota breaks down six of these window film solutions for homes and businesses.

1. Prestige Film

Prestige film is an excellent window film for increasing energy efficiency in a building, which reduces your monthly energy expenses. Through the use of nanotechnology, Prestige performs at its top level of performance when the sun is hottest.

With Prestige, you’ll experience a lower level of reflectivity than with glass alone. In fact, Prestige rejects as much as 60 percent of the heat from a window. This film is incredibly light, allowing as much as 70 percent of the visible light spectrum to pass through the window and into your home or office while still blocking 99.9 percent of ultraviolet rays.

It also rejects 97 percent of the infrared light transmitted by the sun. Its powerful filtering of light also allows Prestige to maintain a more natural appearance.

2. Night Vision Film

If you’re looking for a darker film, Night Vision offers an ideal solution. Rejecting as much as 71 percent of the sun’s solar heat and 99.9 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, Night Vision only allows 35 percent of visible light to pass through.

This adds up to the strongest glare reduction of any 3M film on the market. It also means you’ll enjoy better views at night while experiencing the most powerful daytime privacy of any window film due to the high levels of reflectivity Night Vision offers.

3. Ceramic Film

Ceramic film from 3M employs nano-ceramic technology, which allows 50 percent of visible light to pass through. This slightly more tinted solution reduces the discomfort caused by light glare while still allowing plenty of light to pass through.

You’ll enjoy an unimpeded view due to the low reflectivity and crystal clarity it offers. Ceramic film rejects as much as 80 percent of infrared light from the sun, blocking 99.9 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet light and allowing 50 percent of the visible light spectrum to pass through.

4. Automotive Obsidian Film

3M’s Obsidian series film is designed to be more durable and maintain color retention and fade resistance than other dyed films. It’s perfect for protecting you and the interior of your vehicle.

Obsidian film also rejects a lot of heat which helps your vehicle run more efficiently since you don’t have to blast the air conditioning. Obsidian film has multiple tint levels that can block up to 95% of visible light to help protect your privacy while driving or while parked.

No matter which visible light transmittance you choose, you can rest assured that you will have almost 100% UV blockage from the film, protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

5. All Season Window Film

If you live in a climate that experiences drastic season changes, then you might want to consider 3M’s All Season Window film. This film improves the comfort of your home or business whether it’s winter or summer.

It has high heat rejection in the summer, and it increases insulation in the winter. This helps with energy savings. All Season Window film helps to extend the life of your furnishing, decor, and paint colors inside your home or office.

Plus, the potential payback of All Season Window Film is less than three years.

6. Scotchshield Safety Film

Just like similar films, Scotchshield Safety film is available in tint levels that can block up to 95% of visible light for increased privacy. It also protects you from UV rays. The unique benefit of the Scotchshield Safety film is its ability to hold glass fragments together incase of breakage, which provides additional protection and security in your home or vehicle.

Plus, the film is non-metallized so it does not interfere with your radio or cell phone. If you’re ever in an automobile accident or if something hits your home’s windows, the Scotchshield Safety film will keep glass from shattering inside and harming you and your family.

Enjoy Powerful Twin Cities Residential or Commercial Window Tinting Today

If you’re tired of dodging midday glare and dealing with oversized monthly energy bills, it’s time to think about adding 3M film to your home or business. Our residential window tinting professionals at Sun Control of Minnesota can help you determine which solution will work best for your needs.

Visit our gallery to see examples of our window products. To find out more about our residential or commercial window tinting solutions, give us a call at 651.490.1060, or connect with us online to schedule your installation.