Your Guide To Choosing The Right Window Film
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Published by TOP4 Team
Summertime is awesome — up until the summer heat starts to ruin your day, and then you hate it. You’re sweating all the time. You feel uncomfortable. The glare that comes into your home is so distracting. You could put on a pair of sunnies and look all cool, or weird, or worse, hung over. You could try close the curtains but then you lose the lovely view of your garden as you’re preparing lunch.
Here’s a better solution: get window films installed.
It can block the heat and harmful UV rays from coming into your home. It could prevent the premature fading of your most valuable furniture and art pieces. And, perhaps most alluring of all, it could keep prying eyes out of your private space. What fantastically favourable effects from such a seemingly inconsequential item: window film.
What is a Window Film?
Window film is a thin layer that can be installed to the surface of your window. It can be installed on your home or on commercial buildings. You’ll also find it on the windows of cars and boats. The self-adhesive polyester film can regulate the levels of heat that pass through windows, which then delivers improved comfort to your home, not to mention reduce you’re A/C costs.
Window films come in several varieties, namely:
· Heat or Light Protection
Each type of window film will come with its distinct set of features and benefits, designed to meet your specific purpose.
A Suitable Film
So how do you choose the right window film? There are some considerations to be made, beyond knowing the features and benefits each type of film will offer. For starters, you’ll want to factor in the directional orientation of the windows that require film installation. Are these windows going to be getting a lot of afternoon sun? Do certain windows absorb greater heat than other windows in your home?
Once you’ve figured out the directional orientation of your windows and the demands that come with their placements, you can turn your attention to the unique features of each type of film.
If you’re looking to reduce glare and heat from entering your home, you may want to look into heat or light protective window film. This type of film can reduce the amount heat and light coming into your space, and as a result, allow you to save on cooling costs. There are certain heat or light protective films that also provide optimal day and night views, without sacrificing on UV protection. Some films may also be suitable for certain windows, like double-pane windows or factory tint glass. Ask your installer if they offer such types of film.
When you need a certain level of privacy, look for window films designed to prevent people from the outside from seeing the inside of your property and ones that feature frosted or reflective surface. These types of film are also recommended for skylights and bathrooms, not just windows. Note that privacy films will come in different levels of darkness.
As for security or safety purpose, make sure your window film can withstand pressure or one that is shatter-resistant. If your home is located in a city or town that experiences formidable storms, this type of window film could protect you from airborne objects as well as keep your property intact.
And if you want something to enhance the architecture and interior style of your property, go for decorative window films. This type of film not only feature embellishments that complement your home but it will also deliver UV protection and privacy.
Application and Cost
Naturally, you’ll want window films that are easily installed without requiring the assistance of professionals. However, if you want it done right and ensure that you get all the benefits of this protective window layer, a professional installer would protect your investment.
Additionally, there are certain types of windows that aren’t suitable for film application, like large single-pane windows that measure beyond 100 square feet. Some films are also not appropriate for windows made from different materials. A professional installer would be able to make proper recommendations that prevent mistakes.
Finally, make sure you set a budget for the installation. Be clear about the price of the film, the installation, and the extent of the warranty. Having all this information will get you value for your money.