An unprotected window is a broken window

Is Window Film all that it’s cracked up to be?

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Window film became all the rage recently. It is an affordable way to protect your home or commercial property without bars, grates, or damage to the property. Sounds like a good deal right? Well, we are going to explore all the pros and cons of film and compare them to Crimsafe Security Screens.

Film Overview

Window films are thin layers of treated plastic that can protect a window from the elements. Normally, they are installed by a distributor, but some films can be purchased and installed yourself. There are a few different kinds of film including types to reduce the chance of the glass shattering, limit visibility, decrease heat gain or loss, and lessen UV rays.

Security Screens Overview

Crimsafe Window Screens are mesh screens that go on the outside of your window. Unlike a standard fly screen, our mesh is stainless steel and is extremely difficult to cut and get through. Like film, it protects the glass beneath by reducing visibility, heat gain, or loss, and lessens UV rays. Unlike film, it also offers benefits like increasing your energy star rating, increasing circulation in your home, and protecting against severe environmental elements like hurricanes and brushfire.

Why would you choose film vs security screens?

Both film and screens can provide protection to a home and one element might be more important than another. Things to consider when choosing film vs screens are applications like where it can be applied to, cost, what you need it to do, and how long the product is expected to last.


The limitation of film is that it can only be applied to glass. With that being said, if you are looking to protect the glass in your window, film may be the right choice. If you are looking to protect not only the glass but the whole window, screens would be the better option. Screens from Crimsafe cover the entire window and not only protect the glass but also the frame it sits in. Another thing to consider is that Crimsafe is not only for windows. Security screens are also applied to doors, patios, and other types of egresses.


If a low initial cost is a key deciding factor, film may be the right choice. Film is generally very affordable and has many options to choose from. Like many things, the cost can also be an indicator of the quality and life of the product. When considering film, review the installers, warranty, product lifetime, and overall use.

Crimsafe Security Screens are not as affordable as film but when you consider the 10-year warranty, dedicated staff of installers, additional benefits, and broad application of the product, it well outweighs the initial cost.

Product Use

Since film is applied directly to the glass, once a window is open, all the benefits could be null. It only meets its full potential when the window is closed. If you are looking for 24-hour protection no matter if your door or window is open, Crimsafe is the right choice.


Every manufacturer of film has its own product warranty, and every installer has its own policy on labor. Some may only warranty their product for a few months to a few years and since the distributor works on its own, they may not guarantee their labor at all. At Crimsafe we warranty all screens for 10 years and with proper care, they should last much longer. Our distributors are independent, but we go through a ridged screening process and only select Dealers who match our high expectations. If there is ever a problem with labor, we make it right.

If you are looking to add security to your home or are just looking for a way to make it more comfortable, review your options and select the product that is best for you and your family. If you are interested in learning more about Crimsafe Security Screens or would like a free, no-obligation quote, fill out to form below and one of our expert Authorized Dealers will reach out to you.

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