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What is Decorative Window Film?

Mon, 21 Dec 2020 08:30:00 GMT

Decorative window film is a sheet of polyester laminate applied on windows to improve their performance and atheistic appeal. 

It can transform practically any glass surface into an attractive work of art. You can also use it to partially cover a window that’s letting in too much natural light, or to dress up a dull-looking window in your kitchen, bathroom or living room.

Types of Decorative Window Film

Decorative window films come in a variety of styles such as abstract designs or floral patterns. A few window films also create an illusion of stained glass. You need to choose one that complements your rooms’ decoration styles and adds a touch of uniqueness to your home.

That said, the most common types of decorative window film include:

  • Stained glass accent
  • Textured
  • Frosted
  • Architectural
  • Perforated vinyl
  • Patterned
  • Specialty
  • Etched
  • Custom

What is the Best Decorative Window Tint for the Cold Weather?

Whenever you’re making improvements to your home, you want to use window film that provides insulation against cold air. Here are some of the best three:

  • SolarGard: It’s especially ideal for homes that use more heating than cooling throughout the year. It keeps cold at bay and prevents heat from escaping.
  • EnerLogic 70: It allows plenty of natural light to enter the room and block out the cold air
  • 3M Thinsulate: It offers superior insulation for windows by allowing you to retain the air you heat and blocks out the chill of winter

Benefits of Decorative Window Film

When you apply decorative window film to your windows, you’ll realize the following benefits:

Add Privacy and Safety

Privacy is a concern for people who live in condos, apartments, or homeowners in highly populated areas. You don’t want passersby and neighbors to look into your house and see what you’re doing. Patterned or frosted window films can help block the view from outside, and you can continue with your life without worrying about who’s watching you.

Lowers Energy Costs

Decorative window film acts as an additional layer of insulation on the windows of your home. It plays a part in keeping out hot air during the summer. The window film achieves this by partly blocking the sun’s rays, thus lowering the air conditioning costs. During the winter, frosted window film keeps cold air out by absorbing and radiating heat back into your house instead of letting it leak out through the clear glass.

Prevents UV Rays

Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays can cause premature aging, sunburn, dry skin, cataracts, skin cancer, or even suppress your immune system. These rays can also damage or fade your furniture, walls, and floors. However, tinted window film allows natural light and blocks harmful UV rays from getting inside your home.

Adds to your Décor

The window films give your home a decorative edge. Many styles and patterns are available to add a nice aesthetic touch to your property. That can help with limitless problems one encounters when decorating a home.

How to Apply Window Film

To add window film on your windows, follow the step-by-step instructions below:

  • Thoroughly clean your windows using an application solution, then leave them to dry.
  • Cut the window film on a flat surface. The film should be 1 inch longer and 1 inch wider than your window to cover the entire glass surface.
  • Remove the backing from your window film.
  • Apply the window film starting from the top of your window.
  • Eliminate any bubbles from the glass using your hand.
  • Apply your window film to the edges and corners of the window.
  • Using a utility knife, trim the excess window film at the glass edges and corners.
  • Eliminate the excess moisture by spraying the window film and squeegeeing it, as you did above.
  • Wipe your window clean.

After you’re done, the window film will start to stick in less than 30 minutes and takes between 4 and 8 days to cure fully.

Cost of Window Film

The cost of window film varies depending on factors such as type, company and location. You’ll find the prices on the market ranging from $9 to $22 per square foot.

For more information about decorative window film, feel free to contact SANTA FE TINT any time.

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