When installing new double glazing units, there are a wide range of options available to maximise its functionality. This can include using specialist glass for a range of reasons. Whilst this will create the best quality result for a long term solution, it is often not the best idea when it comes to value for money. An alternative option is to use window films. This involves placing a thin film on one side of the pane of glass, which can be tailored for a fit various different purposes.
So how can window films benefit your property?
Reduce excess heat
Often, a room will be exposed to heat for large parts of the day. This results in the room becoming a lot warmer than the rest of the house. This excess heat can make living conditions uncomfortable for yourself and your family. Solar films can easily be used to control the amount of heat that enters the room. These films are slightly tinted and are available in a range of different strengths, which can keep anything up to 70% of the heat out.
This option is particularly popular for conservatories. Customers often want to enjoy the benefits of their conservatory throughout the day, but find it difficult to do so because of the amount of heat that is generated in the summer sun. Using solar films can control the temperature and make it a lot easier to enjoy the comfort of your conservatory. Window films are also very popular in office buildings. In the workplace, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that the working environment is comfortable for their employees. This can be difficult to do when the sun is filling the office and making the temperature unbearably hot. Using window films makes it easier to control the temperature and make the environment more comfortable for employees.
If you spend a lot of money on upholstery for your home, you want to keep it in good condition. This may include furniture, carpets and curtains. Unfortunately, UV rays from sunlight can fade the colours in these items and soon make them look tired and in need of replacement. Using window films can provide UV protection of up to 99%. These films can also reduce the amount of heat and light that gets through, which are other contributory factors towards fading.
If you have small children in the home then you may want to consider installing window films to make the windows safer. Accidents can happen and if a window breaks then it can become a dangerous hazard for all. Window films can prevent shattered glass from spreading as it is held together.
The most common form of entry for burglars is through the window. Therefore, toughening the glass can prevent unwanted entry and make your home safer. Security window films can not only prevent shattering of the glass, but they can also toughen the panes and make them harder to break. For many burglars, it is important for them to get in and out of your property quickly. Security window films will slow them down and make it difficult for them. This should hopefully stop them from entering your property. You could also have tinted window films that make it difficult for burglars to see inside your home.
Frosted glass is also a popular option when installing new double glazing, especially for bathrooms. However, this specialist glass is usually more expensive and is not the most cost effective option. Window films are available in frosted patterns that obscure the view inside and are a lot cheaper than buying specialist glass. Alternatively, a one-way reflective or tinted film can be installed to make it difficult to see inside during the day, but allow a clear view from the inside looking out.