Window Film Can Make Your House More Beautiful and Save Money
If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to boost curb appeal, consider window tint.
If you’d like to increase your home’s beauty and privacy, as well as improve energy efficiency, take a tip from the automotive world: Tint the windows.
Residential window film is a plastic film made from PET, the same plastic used in water bottles. Some films are clear, and are made of multiple layers of plastic to prevent shattering (similar to the coating on a car windshield). Others are tinted with dyes, pigments or metals to reduce the light coming through the window and block harmful UV rays.
They are typically applied on the inside of the window, and are scratchproof to make the coating more durable. Window film comes in a variety of thicknesses, depending on the job it’s doing.
Types of Film
Decorative film is usually the thinnest, providing privacy and some light blockage, but mainly used to beautify the home. This is a great way to get the look of frosted, etched or stained glass without having to replace a window.
Solar film, or window tint, is thicker and contains metal or dyes to darken the film. Home window tint has the following benefits:
· Insulates the windows
· Reduces heat gain
· Balances hot/cold spots
· Blocks up to 99% of harmful UV rays
· Cuts glare
In addition to saving energy by insulating the windows and reducing heat gain, it also makes the home more comfortable by balancing internal temperature. Plus, it extends the life of furnishings and rugs by blocking UV rays.
Security film is the thickest and strongest of the films, essentially turning the windows into safety glass. Great for storm-prone areas, it also protects against intruders. Instead of shattering when the glass is broken, it spider-webs, making entry into the home more difficult.
Installation and Curing
Window tint is easy to install, but most people prefer to have professionals do the work, so the project is warrantied.
First, the windows are cleaned. Then an application solution is sprayed on the glass and the film, and the film is adhered. The film must cure, or dry, and the darker and thicker the tint is, the longer it takes to cure. The film’s insulating and light-blocking properties are working, even though you may see bubbles or haze during the curing process.
Cleaning Window Film
Clean tinted windows just like regular windows, with window cleaner and a soft cloth. You can also squeegee them dry.
How Long Will Window Film Last?
Home window film typically comes with a 10- or 15-year warranty for interior films. Exterior films or tints on sloped glass could be different, however, based on their usage.