LUMAR VS SOLARGUARD VS MADICO?
August 12 2004 - 09:15 AM
My priority is protecting my brand new furniture from fading. My room faces west - to southwest and gets a strong afternoon sun. I have a 12' X 8' sliding glass window. I've gotten estimates for all three products ranging from $270 - $345, the low bid is from a Madico dealer. We have a homeowners' association in our community which does not allow either the bronze finish or the highly reflective mirrorlike finishes, so most of my neighbors are getting grey film in the 50% range.
I've tried to read through some of your posts, and it doesn't look like Madico is a favorite when it comes to residential film. Not sure if I'm right about this, though? I've heard the advantage of Lumar is they have double UV protection -- in the adhesive and in the film. SolarGuard is very popular in my community. Confusion!! Help!!
I could use some help deciding which of these brands would do the best job protecting my fabrics from fading and still preserving my nice view -- trees and sky, no water.
Seeking guidance from the experts...
August 12 2004 - 10:48 AM
August 12 2004 - 11:04 AM
August 12 2004 - 11:19 PM
Like Blade says...some light it looks quite reflective, others it looks like nothing at all.
Double UV protection? unless you are going into the realm of Madico's CLS 200 XSR Museum film, then I'd doubt the bona fides of that being offered.
August 13 2004 - 11:03 AM
I like the price I got from the Madico rep -- just wondering if the quality is as good -- I've heard good and bad. Could use a little extra guidance on Madico -- seems to be the least well known. Is their quality comparable to Lumar and Solarguard.
Thanks, all, for your help.
August 13 2004 - 11:19 AM
They are not UV inhibitors... they are UV absorbers... weatherable poly has the absorbers in the the structure... other UV absorbers are located in the mounting adhesive and are more prone to rapid degradation through sun exposure. UV absorbers are used to protect the polyester from aging.
Edited by metint, August 13 2004 - 11:22 AM.
August 13 2004 - 07:23 PM
August 16 2004 - 06:06 PM
"Devil with bad attitude" suggested Madico Sunscape DG 35 Grey Neutral. The film the Madico rep showed me was Madico SG-330. Their specs say it absorbs 50% of total solar energy. Visible light transmitted 32%, reflected 18%. Anyone know the difference betwen DG 35 and SG-330?
August 16 2004 - 09:13 PM
You don't need "double UV protection". Lots of fancy words trying to make a distinction between grade b films. If you can't afford, grade a, don't worry. B will work, as long as the installer is good with his/her hands.
Second, Remember UV along does not cause fading. You should be looking to reduce the visible light down to around 35%. If you go with a 50% film, it won't be dark enough to solve the problem. If none of the people you've met have said this -- keep looking.
Finally, don't let the price influence the decision too much -- it costs more to do the job twice.
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