There are a number of misconceptions about window films, we wanted to debunk a few misconceptions in this article.
Myth 1 – Films Make The Interior Too Dark
A long time ago, this myth would be true. However, that is not the case anymore. Today’s film only blocks out wavelengths that you cannot see but causes heat. This means that the films allow light to penetrate into the home while still absorbing and reflecting heat back out.
Some building owners have had concerns regarding energy savings. They think that because the tints reduce light entering the building, they will have to brighten up the place artificially, which means more energy cost. This can’t be further from the truth. In reality, the comfort levels of the space shoot up. The living space becomes much more relaxed, and the reduction of glare allows for the opening of blinds and shades. This, in turn, allows more light to enter.
Myth 2 – Film is cheap and meant for old buildings
Although it is useful for an old building to have window films installed, new buildings can still benefit from the addition, as they have tinted windows pre-installed! Customers looking for spaces with better protection from UV radiation, protecting their furniture from fading, and overall increasing security will use tinted windows. Low-E coatings, for now at least, can’t beat good old window film. However, Low-E surfaces are improving. In the end, window films don’t cost much, and if appropriately applied, will last many years.
Myth 3 – Window Films will Kill Indoor Plants
For the most part, a typical houseplant receives more than enough sunlight. With a window film added, the reduction of light may only temporarily slow down the growth and flowering.
If you are concerned about your houseplants, there are two things you can do. First, move your plants to a darker area on your house and see how they fare. Second, you can also contact a local nursery and ask about the specifics of your houseplants, particularly about how much sunlight it needs.
Sometimes, your houseplant may even do better with the tint! Some plants wither when the day is over because the sunlight was too intense. With a window film, these plants will grow properly.
Myth 4 – You Can’t Clean Your Windows with Films Installed
Believe it or not, you can easily clean a window with a film applied similar to a standard window. However, if you have applied the film, you want to leave it untouched for around 30 days. This will allow the window film to cure appropriately. If the installation was done by a professional, the tints should be spotless. After the long wait, you can clean it as you would typically clean windows.
Myth 5 – Window Films Causes Glass to Crack
Windows will break with or without films on, and there are several causes. Reasons are such as too much heat, too much weight, flexing caused by the wind, impact by another object, or twisting due to building structure warping.
Only the first instance, too much heat, is where the window film is involved. Thermal stress can be caused because the films absorb heat. The temperature is then transferred into the windows, heating the glass. However, films aren’t the only thing at fault here. Other factors, such as partially shaded windows, decals, and drapes being too close can also cause this issue. Different windows such as tempered, annealed, clear, and tinted glass also handle different amounts of heat. When applying films, manufacturers of the films usually include a chart explaining which film is appropriate for which type of glass.
If you ever thought of these misconceptions as a reason not to have a tint completed, we hope that this clears it all up for you! You and everyone else will benefit from window tints.
Premier Tint have been window tinting homes and offices in Sydney for over 20 years, speak to our team of experts today to arrange a free measure and quote.