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  1. I've been looking online to try and find answers, but figured this is the best place to come for help. Hoping someone can give some advice on our issue. We have a 12'x7' casement window facing south, which lets in a lot of light and heat. Due to the windows being triple pane, we're limited to exterior film and I think 3M Prestige Exterior is the only thing that is really available out here for that type of film (we're in a smaller city). The windows have a nice lake view that we really don't want to cover up with solar shades, though we will if we have to - perhaps a combination of film and darker roller shades with a decent openness. It looks like the SHGC reduction of Prestige Exterior 40 is good (due to it being an exterior film). What we're wondering is if 40% VLT give us somewhat acceptable glare reduction? It's listed at around 55% glare reduction. I don't know how to quantify this, but curious if this will make much of a difference. Due to triple pane, we're already starting out a bit darker than a double pane (perhaps by 6% or so). Thanks in advance
  2. Thanks for the reply! I'll have a look at the solargard products and see if they are available here.
  3. Hi everyone, I'm new to all of this, so looking to you veterans for some advice I have a large 12'x7' casement window that is south facing and gives off a lot of heat into the living room. There's a great view through the window that we definitely don't want to lose, but we want to reduce heat and glare coming in. The windows are triple pane, LoE-180 on surface #5. From what I've read, our option is to go with an external film such as 3M Prestige exterior series or LLumar Vista (thinking neutral / 35%). 1) Due to being triple pane and with the LoE coating, the windows have a visible transmittance of 0.46 - what would be a safe tint level to shoot for knowing this? 2) I've read some issues with 3M Prestige degrading over a few years and darkening/going hazy. Does the Vista exterior line have this issue as well? 3) Is there a tint product that you would recommend (Prestige, Vista, or other) for what we are looking for (heat + glare reduction)? Cheers and thanks in advance!