If you are remodeling or selling your house and you live within the Los Angeles city limits, make sure any shatter-resistant film you use on patio doors meets the city's standards.
Check with the Department of Building and Safety before you make a financial commitment.
If the house was built after Jan. 1, 1965, the chances are good that the doors already meet the standards.
The ordinance, sponsored by Councilman Marvin Braude, went into effect Jan. 1, 1987. It requires that approved shatter-resistant film or tempered glass be installed on patio doors on any remodeling job valued at more than $10,000. The law also requires the safety retrofit if you are selling a house.
"Shatter-resistant film is the most cost-effective and easiest to install to meet the requirements of this ordinance," according to William Hoover, president of Southwest Window Films in Glendale, the regional distributor for 3M energy films.
David Pearson of the Stewart Co. Inc., a subsidiary of Southwest Window Films, said that in addition to the 3M film, the city has also approved Madico and Armorcoat films.