How about using coloured window film to give a fresh look to your windows?
Many think that window tinting films comes with boring look. Actually, you can get window tints in color. With this newest design, you may now easily use color window tints on many glass surface in your house. The application of window tint was popularly applied in the automobile industry is its popularity is fast catching up in residential homes and commercial building, thanks to the current engineering technology and creative designs.
Home owners usually apply window glass film when they want to block of glare from coming into a room or a house. They are also applied in order to prevent heat gain. Nowadays, there are more reasons to apply window tints in a house. Window tints had evolved into what is commonly known as window films. It is no longer dark in color. It comes in blue, red, yellow, green, turqoise and various other colors. The window films industry had certainly comes a long way. Even transparent window films are popular in the form of etched glass design.
Frosted window effect and stained glass effect are just some of the examples where modern window tints have been widely used. Dark window tints is a thing of the past. Color window tinting films have been successfully used to decorate residential homes and commercial buildings. They were successfully applied to many rooms on different types of glass doors and windows. Combinations of colors within one single window have also been successfully applied for six or eight-pane windows.
Many home owners have reported that by simply adding color window tinting films, the whole room atmosphere seemed to be different. In the past, color glass only comes in the form of stained glass, and its theme is usually medieval. You may find color glass on the entire window, but it was possible as part of the glass manufacturing only, not as an add-on. The addition of color window film makes so much difference that it is fast becoming a must-have for many home owners.
There are many benefits of applying coloring glass in your house. Besides, it is beautiful, and current window films technology make it difficult to tell whether the glass was originally colored or window films were applied over it to create the color glass effect.
Vinyl film is able to filter out as much as 95% of infra-red spectrum of the sun. Infra-red is the longest spectrum of the sun’s ray and it is this ray that causes heat gain. With window films installed, your house will be cooler. During the day, heat is filtered out of the house, and you do not need to turn up the air-conditioning. During the night, the same film will keep heat within the house, and you do not need to turn up the heater. Similarly, colored window tint retain heat within the house during winter and kept heat out during the summer. Imagine how much electricity consumption you can save over the period of one year.
If you have a thick piece of glass, such as double-glazed window, you will need to be cautious about installing window films on these glasses. Glass films are installed on the inside of the room and when the sun shines on the glass, heat will still penetrate through the glass and stop in between the glass and the film. If the glass is too thick, it may crack as heat is not dissipated. However, there are hardly any reported case of glass cracking due to the installation of window films.
There is another spectrum of the sun ray that is harmful to your house. It is the ultra-violet (UV) ray. UV ray causes furniture, draperies and carpet to fade in color. Color window films not only filtered out the infra-red ray, it also filters out UV ray. As a result, your carpet, furniture and draperies can last longer. The ability of filtering out infra-red, UV ray makes it an excellent form of solar films.
One of the most common reasons for the installation of window tints on glass windows is to reduce glare. With less glare, staff can work more productively, and you will not have the problem of watching TV and computer monitor. The interior of a room installed with window films automatically becomes more confortable and relaxing.
Color window tinting films also work well as privacy window films. As color window film block off view, much privacy can be added. You can install them in a shower enclosure or on the bathroom windows. If you buy it from a reputable merchandiser, the window films can withstand heat and moisture. Even though it blocks off view, color window film still allows natural light to shines in. Natural light shining on color glass looks very nice and provide a very warm feeling of whoever entering the room.
Color window tints not only works well on windows. They also works well on doors. Some owners install them on storm doors so that in the case of a very violent storm that broke the glass, the window films can still hold all the broken glasses together. They are even some who apply color window glass films on doors of glass cabinets. Combining few colors on one door panel seems to work well and it results in a very creative design.
There are still some misconceptions about window films that prevented many home owners from applying them in their homes. The first one is that they thought that the window films look cheap and adding color window films on a glass door or window seem so artificial and look “cheap”. Color window film today is so well-made that you can hardly tell the difference between a color glass with window films installed or it was naturally and originally colored using industry process. Etched glass film, stained glass film and various other films immediately turn your ordinary looking glass to look as if it causes hundreds of dollars.
The other misconception is that you need a group of professionals or builders to install the glass film for you. On the contrary, window films today are designed in such a way that anyone may be able to install it on their own. If you plan to install glass window films on your own, choose those that is adhesive-free or self-adhesive window films. This type of window film does not need any glue to stick it to the glass. They will adhere to the glass surface through static actions and for this reason, they are popularly called static cling window film by many in the industry.
You will require the following tools if you want to install color window film on your own – a squeegee, a spray bottle, a measuring tape and a utility knife. Some merchandiser that sells self-adhesive window films even provide you with the tools, bundled into the sales. The first step in installing window films is to thoroughly clean the glass window off any dust and paint remnants. You would want to spend some time ensuring the glass surface is thoroughly clean as dust or any other remnants will prevent the glass film from properly adhering itself on the glass surface.
Take proper measurement of the glass. Always get a film that is slightly larger than the size of the glass. Using the spray bottle filled with diluted window cleanser, spray the glass surface. Then, peel off the backing paper that comes with the film. Be careful that the back of the film does not touch or attract any dust. Place the glass film on the glass surface. Spray more solution on the front face of the glass film, then use the squeegee to squeeze out all the solutions and along with it, air bubbles. As the solution and air bubbles is squeezed out, the glass film will stick to the glass surface by itself. Finally, use a utility knife to trim off all excess glass film.
The installation of a piece of colored window tint on a typical window size will usually takes less than fifteen minutes. Installing them on a large piece of glass such as on a sliding glass door will take around half an hour. In no time, you will be able to be your own expert in installing window films. You can install the glass film all by yourself or you may want to work in a group of two person. As your confidence grows, you can then tackle the installation on your own or install them on the larger glass pane.
Cleaning a glass window installed with window films is just like how you would clean an ordinary glass. It is unlikely that the window films get scratched so easily. Color window films have their own shelf life, just like any other products. Most manufacturer would offer a warranty of three to five years, but the life-span of the glass film can easily last twice as long. That would means that some window film can last ten years, but by then you might have redecorated your home.
To remove the glass film, you just need to simply peel it off. It is that simple. If the glass film is still in good condition, you may even store it or use it on other windows. That is the advantage of using adhesive-free window films. You are not able to do this with adhesive-based window films. To remove adhesive-based films, you will need a team of professionals to do it for you. That is why we suggest that you use adhesive-free window films.
How much does color window tinting film cost? The cost of the window films differs between merchandiser and it also depends on the size. It will be within the financial capability of any home owners. As a matter of fact, many home owners started wanting to install adhesive window film on one piece of glass window, but ended up as returning customers and purchased more window films to be installed on all the glass windows in their home.
Installing color window tinting film is not only simple and beneficial, it makes a good activity to be carried out by the entire family as a family time.