07/23/2013

Window Film for Security and Privacy

Window film to the rescue!

We've talked about the benefits of window film or window tint, but what most don't realize is how incredibly effective it is when used for security purposes. Yes, window film helps reduce the sun's effect on your interior furnishings and will cut your energy use and utility bills, but when put to the test recently, we've seen window film act as a solid defense against intruders!

In Cincinnati and Des Moines, two commercial businesses that had Window Genie install security film experienced attempted break-ins recently.

In Des Moines, the store front's windows were hit with a cinder block repeatedly before the intruder gave up and left. In Cincinnati, the store front's door was hit with a brick until the alarm went off and the intruders took off. Window film and a security system go together like peanut butter and jelly!

In both cases the window film acted as it was designed to; the glass was much stronger... making it difficult to break at all. In both cases, the intruders were not able to get through the glass as when it cracked, the window film held the shards together much like a car windshield.

Both customers are completely satisfied given nothing was stolen. They have since had their glass replaced and re-filmed. Talk about a return on your investment! Each store had the potential to lose extreme amounts of merchandise and money, had they been robbed. Window film to the rescue!

 

 

Another great example of using window film for security or privacy is in Fort Worth, Texas. A local elementary school had Window Genie of Fort Worth install privacy film on their cafeteria windows that looked out onto a public sidewalk and street. The school hoped to increase privacy for the kids and staff without having to install blinds or anything that would decrease natural light and a view to the outside. The school chose to install film to protect the children's privacy from passersby and thus enhance security as no one would ever know if the cafeteria was full or empty.

 

Window film is such an incredible product because it really does serve a purpose for just about anyone. Its versatility gives it purpose in every home and business. If you're looking to cut down on glare, reduce energy consumption, lower your utility bills, protect your hardwood floors and furniture, or add to the privacy and security to your home or office, call Window Genie! Find your local Genie on our locator map here

 

What is window film, and is it for me?

Window Film is your friend. Window film, or Window Tint is one of those incredible products that pay for itself over time. Window Film is universally beneficial to any home or office because it significantly lowers energy use and utility bills. There are countless reasons to have window film installed in your home beyond saving money. We're here to discuss some of the benefits you can enjoy by installing window film.


Utility Bills, Energy Use: GO GREEN & SAVE MONEY

Having window film applied in your home or office is a great investment because it pays for itself over time. During every season, window film helps eliminate unnecessary energy use to keep your home a comfortable temperature. Think of window film as your HVAC system’s partner in crime. Together they battle your home’s energy waste and save you money on utility bills without compromising comfort.

During hot summer days, window film deflects up to 79% of solar energy that penetrates your windows, heating your home. This gives your AC a break from having to work double-time to keep you cool. You no longer have to draw the blinds and curtains and live like a vampire to keep the sun’s heat off of you. You can still enjoy the benefits of a naturally bright sun-drenched room, but now without the heat, as these films will not darken your windows tremendously. Think of it as big sunglasses for your house!

In the winter, window film acts as an insulator, holding the heat in your home. High utility bills in the winter are a homeowner’s biggest nightmare. Everyone’s been there… the internal struggle on whether to put a scarf and mittens on while watching TV… or turn the heat up and pay for it later. Neither of those sounds like a good time!


FADE: stop the fading of your fine furnishings with window film

 

 All of our traditional and designer window films offer 99% UV protection to help eliminate the fading of your fine furnishings, carpet, hardwood floors, paintings and window treatments. The suns harsh rays are working nonstop to negatively affect the beauty and integrity of your interior. Left unprotected, windows provide easy entry into your home for the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Properly selected window tint can significantly reduce fading and helps you relax knowing that your possessions are safe. While no window tint can completely stop fading, our residential window films will significantly reduce the three major components that cause fading; UV, heat and visible light.


 

 

GLARE: can’t see a dang thing on the screen?

After installing window film into your home, you’ll be doing…

Less of this:

 

And more of this:

That irritating "white" light glare is a common problem in windows facing South, West and East. You have to move your seat to see your TV and end up just closing the curtains to read your email. This glare or white-light can cause a room to become uncomfortable and annoying to be in. When it comes to your home, you want to take full advantage of the style and ambiance that you created. Glare often times requires that blinds or drapes be drawn to make the room feel livable. Doing so eliminates the view and requires the constant adjusting of the window treatments. The addition of window film can cut down on the glare while still allowing for a clear view of the outside. Enjoy a bright sunny room without feeling like you need to wear your sunglasses inside. Properly selected window film can blend with the style of your home, adding to it a look and feel that actually complements the overall decor.


PRIVACY & SECURITY

 

 That window in your bathroom really could use a set of blinds. It’s time to quit giving your neighbors a peep show. Don’t want to darken the “office” with curtains or blinds? Window film comes in a variety of choices from frosted to decorative to reflective privacy film that looks mirror-like from outside.

 

 Window film strengthens glass for increased security; intruders or extreme weather are less likely to be able to break the window. If they do, window film secures dangerous shards acting similarly to a broken windshield.

 

 WHY CHOOSE WINDOW GENIE?

Have you ever tried to apply window film yourself? NOT EASY. Home improvement stores do carry DIY versions of window film, but none of them compare to the quality of window films that Window Genie provides. Window film application takes precision, a steady hand and a ton of supplies. Hiring help means the job will be done right and you don’t have to spend the day struggling only to end up frustrated because you left bubbles in the windows and have to start over. Ask your local Genie for a complete list of inventory and to discuss options to fit your needs. You can even get a free phone estimate!

We hope you understand a bit more about window film than you did before. Don't take our word for it, do your homework and call your local Genie to discuss your needs further.