Defend Your Home with Window Security Film

Pro Tip

Some readers may be considering building a bug out cabin or living remotely. Food smells inevitably attract wildlife. If they learn that they can even sometimes succeed at getting fed, there is a good chance they will be back. Bug out cabins and homes are often empty too. This presents an opportunity for break-ins from humans as well. There are a lot of hikers and transient people. There are very few truly remote locations left in the United States. Although encroachment from people may be rare, don’t be naive enough to think that you are so far back that you are immune to theft and vandalism.

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Pro Tip

Window film that is installed without the help of a pro is usually installed on the interior of the window, but check the instructions for the film you buy. You may want to apply it on both sides for different types of protection or to double the strength.


How long does window security film provide protection?

Climatic conditions matter of course, but the general rule is that you can expect window security film to last 15–20 years. Some of the thicker professional-grade films may last longer. Proper application and buying a quality product will help ensure a longer life. If film is compromised, you may want to replace it. Any sign of peeling is a sign that your film is a candidate for replacement.

Can you remove and reuse film?

No. Window films are meant to applied and left in place unless its description specifically states otherwise. They can be difficult to remove and leave a residue that must be cleaned off. Unless just the film is severely damaged, there is little reason to remove film.

MEET Samantha Biggers

Samantha is Ready To Go Survival's lead editor, a life-long outdoorswoman with a Bachelors in Environmental Studies. She learned the foundation of preparedness from her father who saw heavy combat in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. An avid outdoors woman and survivalist, her articles have appeared in various homesteading magazines such as GRIT, Back Home, Backwoods Home, and Countryside.

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