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Similarly, to tinting the windows in an automobile, installing window films in a home provides many benefits to a homeowner.
It is easy to increase a home’s privacy and security with window film. By making it more difficult to see inside while still allowing a homeowner to look outside with an unobstructed view, the home becomes a less attractive target.
UV rays are responsible for the sun damage that can cause furniture, flooring, and artwork to fade over years of exposure. Window film keeps out excess sunlight and slows fading.
Window film is an energy-efficient material that can help lower heating and cooling costs by providing extra insulation. In addition, installing window film can be much more cost-effective than replacing old windows with new ones, resulting in even more savings for the homeowner.
Solar control films are used primarily as a shield against the sun’s heat. Transparent solar film deflects up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays, and when color tinted, it filters as much as 95 percent. In the summer, this keeps rooms cooler and relieves pressure on the home’s air conditioning system, resulting in lower energy bills. Many types of films also trap indoor heat in the winter, keeping the interior warmer and positively impacting heating costs. Most solar control films are also available with a scratch-resistant coating, which serves to protect the surface of the glass against minor damage.
Security films are designed with powerful adhesives to hold window glass together securely and prevent shards from flying if the glass breaks. As they are thicker and stronger than standard window film, most security films can withstand high wind, flying debris, and some direct impact, such as a blow from an intruder. But they may not be able to withstand a deluge of water, as occurs with flooding.
Etched glass effects have become very popular in recent years, but the process is expensive and permanent. Many window films have been developed recently that provide the look of etched glass but at significant savings. These films can be rimmed and applied in a variety of textures and design configurations. Also, because they are not a permanent installation, “etched” window films can be removed if the homeowner’s design plan changes in a few years.
Many factors influence the life expectancy of window film, including exposure, climate, and the material composition of the particular film. For example, window film that is installed when the outside temperature is below freezing can crystallize and come off. Also, homeowners should be aware that window tinting film is designed to fit securely only to glass, not Plexiglas or other plastic windows. Such materials can contract and expand with the changing temperatures, which damages a film’s bond to the material. To avoid these issues, homeowners should hire a reputable company that specializes in the installation of window film for homes. It is also important to discuss warranties with the installer.