Window film is an often underutilized home improvement product made of polyester plastic. Most film products are applied to the interior surface of the glass and feature a scratch-resistant coating on the outer surface to protect the film from damage.
Whether you’re buying or remodeling your home, it’s an exciting and busy time. So much anticipation, so many tasks; some fun, others daunting. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to go through 30 shades of paint before determining which is best for the bathroom, or to spend months trying to find the perfect dining room table. But have you thought about the home’s windows?
The application of window film can offer an array of benefits to homeowners ranging from increased personal comfort to improved aesthetic appeal. Additional benefits include energy savings, reduced fading of flooring, artwork and furniture, and reduced glare. Window film is an often underutilized home improvement product made of polyester plastic. Most film products are applied to the interior surface of the glass and feature a scratch-resistant coating on the outer surface to protect the film from damage.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 1/3rd of a home’s cooling load is from solar heat gain through windows, and nearly 75 percent of existing windows are not energy efficient. Not to mention, ultraviolet light and the sun’s visible light are the main causes of interior fading (65 percent), followed by
the heat from the sun (25 percent).
Have you ever moved your couch or other piece of furniture and noticed your carpeting that was once one shade is now two different shades? Or perhaps you’ve had to close your blinds or curtains to avoid that annoying sun glare on the TV? Well, if either scenario sounds familiar, window film can help resolve those issues.
Current window film technology blocks a significant amount of heat while still allowing 60 to 70 percent of visible light to enter the home. Reflective window films bounce much of the sun’s infrared (IR) rays back into the atmosphere, while non-reflective or dyed films simply absorb or block the IR rays. Blocking UV rays helps protect and prolong the life of furniture, carpets, artwork, draperies and woodwork.
Installation of window film results in practical functionality and aesthetic beauty as well as energy efficiencies and cost savings. When window film is applied, it blocks up to 99 percent of UV rays and reflects more than 78 percent of the sun’s heat. Window film keeps your family comfortable in all seasons and climates. This comfort extends to homeowners’ wallets as well – professionally installed window film can reduce cooling costs by up to 30 percent and many qualify for “green” credits and energy rebates.
As countries across the globe are becoming more aware of their “carbon footprint,” homeowners alike need to make changes for the sake of the environment. Window film is a carbon-neutral product, and a greener alternative to disposing of windows, and bringing in newly manufactured ones.
Safety and security film products are also available and can offer protection during extreme weather conditions. During a storm, glass can shatter, causing damage to homes and occupants. Safety films hold the glass together, minimizing the risk of injury from flying glass shards. In the event of a home break-in, safety and security films make it much more difficult for a would-be intruder to gain access to your home. Safety and security film adds a layer of
protection to the window keeping shattered glass together and everyone and everything in the home protected.
Window film is a cost-effective upgrade to consider for a brand new home, the film will provide comfort and energy savings from day one. Window film is equally ideal for older homes. With window film, historical preservation is completed in a whole new way. Film allows you to maintain beautiful historic windows while gaining the benefits of today’s film technology. Whether you are building new in 2016, or restoring a property that has been in the family for years, window film can offer numerous benefits and improvements. With all of the different types of films available today, it’s important to do your research and find the film product that will best meet your unique needs.