Why You Should Make Applying Window Film Your Next Home Improvement Project
Could your home use a change? If you want to make your home more inviting, but are on a budget, one of the best ways to make a noticeable change is by upgrading your windows. Something as simple and cost effective as applying window film can enhance the beauty of your home, improve energy efficiency, and give you more privacy -- without reducing natural light.
What is residential window film?
Window film refers to a plastic film material made from PET -- the same plastic used to make water bottles. There are different types of window film, some are clear, others can be tinted with pigments, dyes, or metals to minimize natural light passing through the window and block harmful UV radiation. There is also window film made of multiple layers of plastic bound together for strength in order to prevent glass from shattering.
The film is applied on the interior of the window. It’s scratch-resistant and available in a range of thickness levels to suit your preference.
Applications of Window Film
There are three types of window film that can be used:
Privacy and Decoration
The thinnest window film is typically used to block a certain percentage of sunlight, which is great if you need more privacy in specific rooms. This material is also referred to as decorative film, and can be used to create the impression of etched, stained, or frosted glass without having to replace the existing windows.
Energy Efficiency and Comfort
Thick window film is darkened with dyes or metals. These types of film are referred to as window tint or solar film, and help to improve the energy efficiency of your home by:
Reducing heat gain
Insulating the windows
Balancing hot and cold spots
Blocking up to 99% of harmful UV radiation
By controlling these factors, solar film also helps to regulate temperature, cut heating and cooling costs, make the rooms more comfortable, and even prolong the life of your furniture.
Security and safety
The strongest residential window film is referred to as “security film,” because it transforms your windows into safety glass. When applied to the interior of your window, it prevents the glass from shattering when broken by forming “spider-webs.” Safety window film is recommended for storm-prone areas, and also protects your home against burglary.
Professional installation vs. DIY
You can install window film yourself or hire a professional that provides a warranty. If you choose to DIY, be sure that you clean your windows thoroughly before spraying the application solution and applying the film. If installed properly, interior window films should last longer than the 10-15 year warranty period.