Window film, What do I need to tint my windows?

Glazed windows, whether in homes or cars are meant to allow light into the area that they are otherwise required to protect. This also lets in the sun’s UV rays, which can cause the fading of upholstery and other materials, and is also damaging to the human skin. If your window has solar tinted glass it can give you protection from UV rays and also help in reducing the glare in the area that the window serves.

Solar tinted glass is clear and does not block visibility. It has become a standard feature in many car models but is glass that you can even install in the widows of your home. This glass can be more expensive than standard glass panes but are a long-lasting solution for comfort. But what if you do not want to go through the process of replacing all your glass. The option then is to use solar window tint film to cover the glass so that it gives you the same effect as solar tinted glass. It is an easy and affordable way that can help in increasing the energy efficiency of your windows as well as make them additionally safe.

Window film can be fitted to any glass of windows. The film can absorb 99 percent of the UV rays from the sun, help in regulating the temperature inside your car or your home, and will prevent your interior furnishings from fading. Window films come in a neutral tone, but can also provide a color that ranges from copper to silver. If security is also your concern, look for a solar film of a greater thickness. These films will also prevent any glass from completely shattering, and limit damage to a crack, and hold the broken glass together. You will also find decorative window film that comes in various patterns that can add to the decor in your room, both inside and outside.

All window film absorbs a varying amount of heat and some of them can cause the glass to be subjected to thermal stress. Window film does not work on all glass, and you must avoid using it on annealed glass that is more than 1/4 inch thick. It is also not recommended for insulated glass that is old or clear annealed glass that has a high heat absorption rate and is more than 3/8 inch thick. Solar film manufacturers will have their recommendations and it is best to follow them for the best results. Window films also make void any guarantee that window manufacturers may give you for the glass, and you must be aware of this before you decide on window film use.

Window films are lightweight and are made from a polymer, polyethylene terephthalate, the same polymer that is used in the making of water bottles. They have an adhesive applied on one side that is protected by a thin covering film that needs to be removed before application. Window films come in standard widths and rolls of fairly long length. Before they are installed on window glass, the glass itself must be wiped down and cleaned. The film that you cut for use needs to be at least a half-inch longer and wider than the window glass on which it is being installed. The adhesive backing on the film must be carefully removed and the film must adhere to the window from the top down. Spray some water over the film and use a squeegee or firm plastic to ensure that the film adheres firmly to the glass, without any formation of air bubbles.

Professional installers will do a better job of installation, though the cost of hiring them may increase your overall cost substantially.