WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN MY WINDOWS?
Clean your windows using regular soap and water. Your slip solution is ideal for this process. DO NOT USE Windex or ammonia-based cleaners. Ammonia will break down the adhesives used on our protective laminates and prevent proper bonding to your windows.
Why do I need to use a razor to clean my window?
It is essential to install ACE safety laminates on a clean window. Using a razor ensures any dirt and adhesive residue is removed before installation.
CAN ACE SAFETY LAMINATES BE INSTALLED OVER EXISTING TINT, STICKERS OR DECALS ON MY WINDOWS?
No. Any material adhered to the inside surface of the glass must be removed in order to properly install our ACE laminates.
WHY IS THERE A SMALL GAP BETWEEN THE EDGE OF THE LAMINATE AND THE FRAME EDGE OF GLASS?
There has to be a small gap (1/16 – 1/8 inch) along the edge to allow for the removal of the ‘slip solution’ used when installing our ACE safety laminates. Also, in warm temperatures the laminate can expand. If there is no room for it to expand it will touch the edge of the frame and lift off the glass causing a “finger” to appear which means the laminate will have to be replaced. There is no compromise to the protection provided by leaving this gap as glass does not break in a straight line (in other words, it won’t break along the unprotected glass). Rather, the shatter lines in glass will direct the energy into the middle of the window pane which is protected.
HOW LONG WILL THE SAFETY LAMINATE TAKE TO CURE?
Depending on the windows exposure to sunlight and the amount of moisture left behind after installation, the laminate can take between 30 – 90 days to fully cure. During this curing process, excess moisture (which can resemble small pockets of water or haziness) will disappear and the laminate should appear clear. To minimize cure time, you will wish to ensure that you remove as much residual moisture between the laminate and the window as possible by using the bumping card provided in your kit. Also, you will wish to use the correct ratio of slip solution to water as excess slip solution will not evaporate.
HOW DO I PREPARE THE WINDOWS AND ROOM FOR INSTALLATION?
You will want to leave approximately 3 feet of space in front of the window to install the safety laminate. In addition, all window treatments like blinds and shades should be removed prior to installation. Since you will be spraying the window with slip solution (mixture of distilled water and slip agent) it is recommended to use a drop cloth under the window to protect the furniture and floors. The window should be thoroughly cleaned according to the installation instructions, and any tint, decals, stickers, etc. removed. You may also wish to turn off any fans, air conditioners or, in winter, venting systems as the increased air flow may blow dust particles onto the windows which, if not removed, leave small blemishes in the installation. If you have pets, you may also wish to have them removed from the area. A quick vacuuming of the window area will also reduce the potential for dust contamination.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO INSTALL THE SECURITY LAMINATE?
Avoid installing the safety laminate on windows that are in direct sunlight or hot due to reflected sunlight. ACE recommends undertaking your installation during daylight hours for best visibility. However avoid installation on windows that are in direct sunlight, as this can lead to water spots that are visible after final installation. Delay your installation until a time of day when the windows are not in direct sunlight.
DOES THE SAFETY LAMINATE GET INSTALLED ON THE INSIDE OR THE OUTSIDE OF THE GLASS?
Our security laminate is installed on the inside surface of your existing windows. On interior windows, the security laminate is installed opposite the strike or impact side so that it can absorb the force of the blow.
IS THE SAFETY LAMINATE NOTICEABLE ONCE INSTALLED?
ACE safety laminate is virtually invisible once installed on your new or existing windows. However, it is common to see a few small bubbles and some hazing during the curing period (30-90 days). The security laminate is 75% effective immediately after installation and 100% effective after the curing process.
HOW SHOULD I CLEAN MY WINDOWS AFTER ACE SAFETY LAMINATES ARE APPLIED?
Do not wash windows treated for 30 days after installation to allow for curing of our laminate. After this period, common glass cleaning solutions such as water, water/ alcohol mixtures or ammonia based mixtures – which do not contain abrasive materials – may be used. Use a soft cloth, paper towel or squeegee. Do not use any material that is abrasive.
WILL ACE SAFETY LAMINATES STOP FADING?
Safety laminates cannot completely eliminate fading. However, ACE safety laminates block 99% of ultra violet light which can significantly reduce the rate of fading of furniture, carpets and floors.
HOW CAN ACE SAFETY LAMINATES HELP PROTECT ME IN NATURAL DISASTERS SUCH AS HURRICANES AND EARTHQUAKES?
During natural disasters, flying glass is often the greatest contributor to human injury and/or fatalities. Although nothing can completely stop the destructive force of extremely violent natural disasters, ACE safety laminates can potentially reduce the risk of injuries by helping to keep the glass inside its frame and the building envelope intact. The vibrations resulting from earth-quakes can also be highly damaging to glass. ACE safety laminate helps to dampen vibrations and therefore have the potential to reduce damage.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REGULAR WINDOW TINT AND ACE SAFETYLAMINATE?
ACE safety laminate is up to three times thicker than window tint. In addition, our safety laminate uses a pressure sensitive adhesive that forms a physical bond with glass. The combination of increased thickness and aggressive adhesive greatly increases the laminate’s ability to absorb the energy of an impact and keep the glass intact.
How can A.C.E. security film help protect me in natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes?
During natural disasters, flying glass is often the greatest contributor to human injury and/or fatalities. Although, nothing can completely stop the destructive force of extremely violent natural disasters, security film can reduce the risk of injuries by helping to keep the glass inside its frame and the building envelope intact. The vibrations resulting from earth-quakes can also be highly damaging to glass. ACE security film helps to dampen vibrations and therefore have the potential to reduce damage.
WILL ACE SAFETY LAMINATE MAKE MY WINDOWS HURRICANE PROOF? EARTH-QUAKE PROOF? BURGLAR-PROOF?
No security or safety laminate is hurricane-proof, earthquake-proof or burglar-proof. ACE safety laminates are designed to make the window glass more shatter-resistant. In the event of a wind storm, these laminates may have significant safety and security value. They can reduce the risk of injury from flying shards of broken glass, and possibly help prevent debris and water penetration through the window depending on the severity of the storm (and the type of glass, framing system, size and velocity of objects, and more).In an earthquake, these laminates can reduce the risk of serious injury from flying shards of broken glass, and possibly prevent glass from falling out of a home or building. Again, much may depend upon the severity of the quake (and the type of glass, framing system, and more).
IS ACE SAFETY LAMINATE EFFECTIVE ON ALL TYPES OF WINDOWS?
Including tempered glass? Yes, if installed properly, ACE safety laminate is effective at preventing your windows from being breached by weather and intruders. If installing on tempered glass, you must use an anchoring system to keep the glass in the window frame.
WHY SHOULD I INSTALL ACE SECURITY LAMINATE ON MY WINDOWS?
Glass is the weak link in any building. It is the easiest way to break into a home and it’s the hardest opening to secure. A high quality security laminate can help strengthen and reinforce windows, helping them resist the kind of attack that can occur with a home break-in.