Choosing and Using Window Films: Types and Terminology
Forget the cheap, ugly looking window films you may have grown up with. Brittle, easy to bubble and peel – but next to impossible to get off it seemed – they didn’t offer many advantages. Today, it’s a different story. From lowering your cooling bills to protecting your family and home – or merely decorating your glass – you can find a window film perfect for you. Installation is fairly simple, too. The hardest part may be deciding which film you want.
Types of Window Films
When you read about window films, make sure which category of window films they mean. As the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors discusses, there ...view middle of the document...
Insulating window films also reduce visible light transmission (VT). The disadvantage to this may be less light in the room, but it also means less glare on televisions and computer monitors. For more light, choose a film that specifies it allows VT.
Some insulating window films count towards local, state or federal tax credits. Aiming for LEED certification? You may be surprised to learn that your film qualifies you for points toward it. Best of all, the money you recoup from lower bills pays back what you spent on the film in time.
Safety and Security Window Films
Live in a crime-prone neighborhood or concerned about the safety of a relative? Safety and security films work wonderfully to protect your home and loved ones. These films reinforce the glass to increase the shatter resistance. Some are even rated as able to withstand a bullet from a small caliber gun or small explosions, according to manufacturer’s claims. Hurricanes, tornados, smash-and-grab robberies and drive-by-shootings will be just a little less of a worry. To assess the quality of a safety and security window film, check for the VT rejection level, UV blocking ability, and other characteristics. As always, make sure to comparison shop for the best product at the best price.
Decorative Window Films
Stained glass, etched designs, frosted coatings – they are beautiful, but who can afford to go replace perfectly good glass on a whim? Enter decorative window films, in such a wide variety of designs you may have a hard time deciding which one you like bestt. Take some time and browse the Internet for decorative window film and comparison shop first. You’re sure to get invaluable ideas.
To their credit, decorative films aren’t just pretty. They may also block about 70- to 80-percent of the sun’s UV rays. Some are easy to remove, so you can switch them to other windows if you want. You may enjoy it so much you simply want to buy more, however. At the generally affordable price most films cost, you can, too.
Privacy Window Films
Blur the lines between decoration and privacy with today’s privacy window films. Not only are they often made with pretty designs, unlike decorative films, they make sure all view is blocked. From frosted panes to dark film such as that used in cars, crumpled tissue paper or mirrored surfaces, privacy windows make it difficult to impossible to spy inside your home.
While some privacy films won't allow...