How home window film can improve your space
Most of us, particularly those living in the chilly north, welcome the summer heat with open arms. But let's face it -- sometimes it can get too hot. To protect your home from the blazing sun and damaging UV rays, consider installing window film, an extremely thin but efficient layer of polyester (or in some cases, vinyl) film that is applied directly to glass windows as a way to drastically limit glare, keep homes cooler in summer (thereby cutting energy bills) and even add a touch of flair to your home's overall design.
Reasons to install window film
So, why install window film? Your reasons will depend on a number of factors. If you live in a warm climate, keeping cool will be a constant goal. Of course, reducing energy bills by limiting the need for air conditioning is also important. This makes window film particularly important in old homes where windows tend to be considerably less efficient (unless, of course, they have been recently upgraded). Because window film reduces the number of UV rays that permeate your home and thus dramatically cuts radiant heat, most experts believe that window film installation pays for itself within a few years' time.
There are a number of types of window films and each are intended to serve a unique purpose. The more expensive window films are designed to block as much of the sun's heat as possible and to reduce energy costs. Others, however, are intended to provide a greater level of privacy through window tinting. If you live in a home with large windows and are surrounded by many other living spaces in a busy neighborhood, privacy window film may appeal to you. Of course, some people will be drawn to window films for the touch of flair they can add to a home. There's a vast range of colors available for decorative window film -- in fact, there's even stained glass window film!
Tips for window film installation
Whatever type of window film you choose, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind. For one, home window film is not recommended for single-pane windows that are larger than one hundred square feet in area. Installation is relatively easy and requires only that you apply a soapy solution to the window prior to applying the film. If you do perform the installation yourself, apply the film and then trim it, but remember to leave 1/16" between the edge of the film and the window frame because film of this type tends to expand over time.