A guest blog by Mark White about window films.
Privacy is an important part of everyday life; privacy provides us with security and makes us feel protected within our homes. Ensuring that the contents and activities within your home are not being observed by others can also counteract the irritation that nosey neighbours and peeping passers-by pose to you and your family.
Commonly overlook when renovating, windows play a vital role in controlling a properties sense of space, light & privacy. Installing new windows or modifying the size and privacy of a window can be expensive and can really affect the timescale of a project, especially when replacing windows.
Window Films offer an easier way to modify the flow of light through our homes, reducing the effect of sun rises in a bedroom or reducing the heating effect of large French doors. Adding decorative window films on French doors can really change the view out the garden, creating the perfect post card like view to your garden or across a balcony.
Decorative Window Films
There are a number of different window films that you can purchase to protect your home from being watched; one of the most popular and least window films and the easiest to use is the frosted effect. By applying a film that makes the glass within your home appear frosted you can prevent the public from intruding on your privacy without reducing the amount of light available to your home.
Smart Window Films
With recent advancements in technology you can now establish privacy throughout your home at the flick of a switch. The latest window films, often referred to as intelligent window films, can be used in two different states; the off state which allows you to view your surroundings and others to view your activities as the glass is transparent. The on state were it slowly becomes opaque providing privacy and seclusion on demand.
How Does it Work?
The smart window films require a power supply as the states are controlled through electricity. As the electric current is passed through the glass it also passes through an LCD interlayer which is then activates and performs as an electronic blind, concealing you from view.
Tips on Applying a Decorative Window Film
The process of applying a decorative window film to a window is incredibly simple but the task itself can become quite complicated if you aren’t fortunate enough to be blessed with a steady hand. It’s due to these complexities that we’ve decided to provide you with some of the best tips and tricks on how to install or apply your own decorative window films.
The best and least expensive tools for you to use when attempting to apply your window film is an application solution containing lukewarm distilled water and two drops of washing liquid. You will also need a soft, clean sponge to apply the film – it’s important that the sponge is soft so that it does not scratch or pierce the film that you are applying and it must also be clean to avoid staining or otherwise discolouring the window film.
The largest problem that you are likely to face when attempting to apply a window film is bubbles beneath the applied film; these often occur because the film has been applied over dust or dirt.
To refrain from making this mistake you should clean the window that you will be decorating before you apply the window film and dry the window using a lint free cloth.
The lint free cloth is ideal for drying windows as it prevents smears and scratches from appearing on the window and also removes dust from the surface of the glass.
On the other hand if you are concerned with the potential results of your attempt at applying the decorative window films there are a number of professionals that would be keen to help you with your DIY dilemma.
Author: Mark White is a committed member of the marketing team at Able Install, a company focused on protecting and perfecting glass through installing quality window films.