Why Window Film Installation Is Not A DIY Project


Window film is a highly effective solution for enhancing the comfort, safety, and energy efficiency of residential and commercial spaces. If you’re a property manager, business owner, or homeowner and have considered window film for your space, you’ve likely also thought, “Can I install window film myself?”  However, it is important to note that installing window film is not a job for the average DIY enthusiast. Window film installation requires a high level of expertise, specialized equipment, and knowledge of the techniques used by professionals. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you seek the help of a professional window film installer, such as a 3M Authorized Dealer, to ensure that your investment produces the highest possible returns. 

Here’s why window film should not be your next DIY project:  

  1. Window Film Products Aren’t One-Size-Fits-All

It’s crucial to know which film is suitable for your windows and doors — which depends on various factors such as the intended purpose of the film and window location. In addition, when selecting a window film product, it’s essential to install a film that is compatible with your window or door. An incompatible film can cause the glass to crack due to thermal stress. Ensuring you have the right product for your space can mitigate this issue. However, you’re at a disadvantage without the proper tools, equipment, and product knowledge. As a result, you may have the incorrect product or, even worse, a damaged window. Should you attempt to install window film yourself, you may do more harm than good without the proper tools and knowledge.

Fortunately, 3M Dealers have extensive product knowledge and can work with you to select the best film for your needs and space. In addition, these certified installers have access to 3M proprietary tools that ensure your glass is compatible with your desired film. 

  1. Mistakes Cost Time & Money

The window film installation process requires careful measurements, precision cuts, and bubble-free application to ensure the film adheres properly. Without proper training and experience, it is easy to make mistakes that could lead to wasted film, uneven application, and a subpar end result. As a business owner or property manager, this means potential operational downtime, an unsightly space, and additional costs. For homeowners,  it means added inconvenience and wasted money. 

Certified installers from 3M’s window film dealer network have the knowledge and tools to get the job done right the first time. Not only is this more cost-effective and timely, but it also means your space will reap the benefits of window film well into the future. 

  1. Windows Might Be Out of Reach

The windows of multi-story buildings or windows in difficult locations may require specialized equipment such as tall ladders or scaffolding to reach. If you are not trained in safely navigating heights or handling this equipment, you risk seriously injuring yourself or damaging the window. 

Certified installers have the proper tools, training, and experience to install window film quickly and safely, even in hard-to-reach areas. For your safety and peace of mind, hire a professional to install your window film.

  1. Your Installation Won’t Be Under Warranty

When you utilize 3M window film and have it professionally installed by a 3M dealer, the installation is backed by 3M’s impressive warranty. However, should you forgo a professional installation and install a generic window film yourself, it may not have a warranty. Should something go wrong, you’ll be left to deal with the consequences, which will cost extra time and money. 

Leave Window Film Installation to a 3M Certified Installer

It may be tempting to install window film yourself, but you can avoid wasted materials, time, and money by utilizing a professional installer. Fortunately, when you use 3M products, you’ll enjoy quality window films and professional installation completed by a certified installer. 3M Films are professionally installed by 3M’s window film dealer network and are not available to the DIY market. 

The 3M Dealer Network

The 3M dealer network is comprised of 3M authorized dealers who are trained and factory certified to provide top-of-the-line window film installations. As an extension of the 3M Company, 3M authorized dealers are committed to the highest standards of both service and quality. This ensures exceptional installations from a company you can trust.  

Comprehensive Warranty

When you select 3M window film, you’ll expect not only a quality product and installation but a comprehensive warranty. When installed by a 3M authorized dealer, installations are backed by 3M’s impressive, comprehensive warranty covering material and labor and protecting against blistering, bubbling, cracking, discoloration, seal failure, glass breakage, and more. 3M is committed to delivering quality products and services to property owners to enjoy for years to come. Learn more about the 3M warranty.  

Locate a 3M Authorized Dealer Near You

If you’re considering installing window film as your next DIY project, it’s important to remember that you may be wasting time and money and doing more harm than good. Investing in quality window film from 3M means you can expect a professional installation from certified installers and a company you can trust. 3M window films require a professional installation to ensure you’ll enjoy a long-lasting, quality window film for years to come. Find a dealer near you to get started.

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