When people hear the term window film or window tint, the first thing that comes to mind is car windows. Window Genie would like to change that. Window Genie and 3M have joined forces to bring home and business owners across the nation an opportunity to save on utility bills while deflecting harmful UV rays that can fade furniture and damage your skin. With this article we want to give you a baseline understanding of what window film is.
Most window films are polyester based and are applied to flat glass. It is generally designed to reduce heat energy particularly. The materials used range from various components such as metals, ceramics, and different dyed materials. There are films designed for security protection from glass shattering, blast mitigation films to prevent collateral damage caused by flying glass debris, and decorative films designed to give glass a certain appeal or look in both commercial and residential applications.
These are five main reasons consumers choose to purchase window film:
The summer sun’s heat can be brutal. Did you know that windows are the number one cause of heat gain in most of today’s homes? With 3M™ Envision™ home window film technology, we are able to provide invisible protection for your windows which can reduce up to 67% of the sun’s heat while reducing cooling costs by up to 30%. This is the primary reason most homeowners choose window film.
The second most common reason to apply home window film is to get rid of annoying glare. Unfortunately, when the sun hits glass it causes refraction and light displacement decreasing your comfort, making the television unwatchable, and destroying your windows’ views. Your home windows are meant to be looked out of and enjoyed, not covered by blinds and drapes. For those that work from home, window film can help provide sanity.
Also known as the silent destroyer, the sun’s UV rays are on a constant mission to fade your interior furnishings. Don’t be fooled, fading is real and probably happening right now. Most if not all home window films promote 99.9% UV protection. However, what you may not know is how light and heat actually impact how window film controls and reduces fading. Fading happens when UV and visible light continually hit your leather couch or wood floors and it begins to break down the chemical bonds of dyes.
When the event is natural disaster, vandalism, or accidental damage, you want to know flying debris and broken glass aren’t going to cause injuries or a dangerous mess. Window film helps damaged glass hold together, much like a car windshield. Security window films are designed to protect windows from shattering, keep out the bad guys all while adding an extra level of safety to your glass.
Decoration & Privacy
Decorative window film is rising in popularity. Stained, privacy or etched glass can be very expensive. Decorative window film is a very cost effective way to add privacy and style to your windows while delivering on the above additional perks. For example, installing frosted film on a ground-floor bathroom window allows for complete privacy without sacrificing the inflow of natural light with blinds or curtains.
There might be other obscure reasons a homeowner might choose window film, but for the majority these are the top five. Once you’re up to speed with the many benefits of film, it’s up to you, the consumer to decide which product to install after determining both why you need film, and what your budget is. Window film can help you solve problems with heat, glare, fading and privacy without blocking your view. It’s a simple, cost-effective way to increase your home’s comfort, energy-efficiency and overall appearance.