Depending on the type of film you use, window film enhances the appearance of your home. It can also provide protection against the harmful rays of the sun and from the prying eyes of intruders.
It was around the 1960s when a new technology called “window film” came out in the market. Over the years, it has evolved, providing protection to the homeowners and adding aesthetic appeal to the property.
Before installing window film tint, you must be fully aware of what you are getting into. Proper installation is required to ensure that it will look good on your window. You don’t want to end with wrinkles, bubbles, or streaks.
Here are some things you need to consider before installing window film tint:
The type of window film being installed:
There are three major types of window film, each installed for a specific reason:
If improving energy efficiency is your main reason, solar window films are the best option. Thinner than security film but thicker than decorative film, solar films reflect or absorb (some products can do both) up to 99 per cent of the sun’s UV rays. Solar films reduce glare, regulate indoor temperature (making it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter), increase energy savings and indoor comfort, and prevent fading of the interior furnishings.
As the thinnest of all types, a decorative window film reflects or absorbs minimal heat. Its main purpose is to add privacy to a room or add beauty to the windows. It is sold in either clear or bold colours with various patterns, such as stripes, stain glass motif, or opaque frosted designs that keep peering eyes off the window.
If steering burglars or protecting your home from storm damage is your main reason, install the thickest type of window film—security film. They don’t reflect or absorb much heat, and they are usually clear or silver in colour. In cases when storms or intruders damage the window, security films will prevent the window from being completely shattered. The damage could be only a large crack, thus allowing the window to hold out longer.
Not all window films are compatible with different types of glass.
Since each type of window film absorbs and reflects different degrees of heat, some window glasses are equipped to handle such, while others are not strong enough. Most decorative and security films block minimal degree of heat, so installing them will not put so much stress on your windows.
Check with your manufacturer regarding what specific film is compatible with your window type. Unless advised, you can basically install security, solar, and decorative window film on all of the most common variations of windows glass—heat-treated, annealed, or insulating.
Window film installation may void the warranty of your windows
Most homeowners install window films without checking the warranty on their windows. Many manufacturers have denied claims for window damage because homeowners have invalidated their manufacturer’s warranty by installing window film to the glass panels.
Most manufacturers will not cover any defects caused by altering windows because window films are capable of damaging certain types of glass panels. Before installing window films, check with your manufacturer first. Verify if the warranty supports the application or not.
Since your windows are highly visible outside and inside of your home, you don’t want to mess around and make mistakes that can never be undone. The best thing to do is to leave to the professionals.
Premier Tint Syndey has been instaling window tint on residential homes for over 30 years now, our experienced team can help you navigate through the process help you select the best window film for your needs and have it professionally installed to the highest of standards.