Light into your home is wonderful especially in the winter. Have you found some of the rooms in your home much too warm during sunny days, or had so much light coming through the windows, you couldn’t watch TV?
That and many other annoying things happen as the sun does its daily route from east to west. Typically, homeowners deal with excessive sun and heat using blinds and window treatments. The trouble with them is that they’re inside the home, so the heat still gets inside and is a drain on your air conditioning bill.
Solar film might be a viable solution to reflect UV rays, heat, light, and glare which can fade furniture and carpet and make some of your rooms uncomfortable. If you have a southwest facing room, then you’re going to get intense light at the warmest times of the day and evening. Solar film applied to these windows will help keep rooms cooler. But there’s plenty of other benefits too.
What is solar film?
These are composed of layered sheets of polyester bonded together by an adhesive. One side of the composite layered film is coated with pressure sensitive or water-activated film. This makes it stick to the window glass surface. The other side which is exposed to the elements is a scratch resistant coating. To provide protection from UV light, a thin coating of chemicals, or silver, aluminum or stainless steel is used. These films might last 10 to 20 years on a typical residential application.
You can see reflective film or chemically bonded glass coatings being used commonly on office buildings or commercial buildings. The film can also aid sometimes on certain windows in decreasing heat loss in winter as well. However, if you buy triple pane replacement windows, the film may not aid much in energy transfer loss. They certainly don’t aid in heat lost around the sash and frame so if you need new windows, you have to install new windows. This isn’t an alternative for window replacement.
Let’s take a count of the Top 10 Ways you might benefit by using solar film:
- Reduces light and glare in rooms where there are TVs and computers
- Reduces eye fatigue from sun glare
- Can protect furniture, flooring, carpet, and window treatments from fading caused by UV rays
- Creates privacy for bathroom windows or solariums
- Reduces heat buildup in rooms exposed to the sun
- Works well on large patio doors where heat reflects off of patio or deck flooring
- May reduce heat loss in winter
- Helps with HVAC efficiency
- May aid with security (some coatings can make windows hard to break)
- Protects window glass from scratches
The Benefits of new Replacement Windows
Solar film might be a cheap helper for some homeowners or even as an added feature on a new window install. Certainly, your bathroom windows might need some extra security with translucent or light reflective film. Some rooms need some extra help to aid with light reflection so you’ll want to ask us how best to help you with that problem.
Buying new energy efficient doors and windows saves energy, blocks street noise, and keeps a consistent internal climate.
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