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What is window film?
Eric
2012-04-03

Windows are a very important component of our lives each day. Whether they are the windows in our home, the windows in our vehicle, or the windows in our workplace we are literally surrounded by windows! And while they are a very attractive modern convenience allowing in light and visibility, they also bring with them some challenges.

One of those challenges is the amount of heat that a window will allow into, and out of, a home or vehicle. I have personally been into homes where certain rooms get so hot in the summer that the owner literally moves out of that room! And what parent hasn’t empathized with their poor child as the blazing sun beats down on them? This is one of the things that window film can correct. Using the right film, heat gain through the window can be reduced by as much as 82%. And during the cold winter months a low-E film can reduce the heat loss through the windows up to 25%.

"Energy costs represent 30% of a typical commercial building's annual budget and is the single largest operating cost. Solar heat gain through windows contributes to one-third of a building's cooling load."
SOURCE: BOMA-Kingsley Quarterly/US EPA Energy Star

Another challenge is that all of the light your windows bring in often carries with it harmful UV rays that damage furnishings, fabrics and artwork. UVA rays account for 90% of the sun’s most damaging rays on earth, and are a significant factor is skin-related cancer. Window films are widely available to block 99% of those UV rays coming into the home.

One last problem that windows can bring is a lack of security. A large portion of that problem is the visibility that windows provide into our home or vehicle. A tinted widow film can provide the privacy needed to deter would-be thieves. Or if privacy alone is not enough, security film is a thick, heavy-duty polyester film bonded by strong adhesives. Safety and security films provide an optically clear yet powerful barrier that helps hold glass in place should impact occur, and is available for vehicles, homes and businesses. 

By choosing a window film to suit your needs, the usability and appearance of your windows can be greatly enhanced. Contact a reputable film distributor for more information and pricing.