5 most popular window film myths

MYTH #1: WINDOW FILM WILL MAKE MY WINDOWS LOOK DARK

Many years ago this may have been true, however, new modern day window films focuses on specific wavelengths of light, such as infrared heat, but still allow a large portion of the visible light to be transmitted through the window.

Some building owners and engineers have had concerns about window film reducing visible light and causing them to have to use more energy by adding more artificial light. However this is far from reality. The truth is that, when window film is used, employee and tenant comfort is increased. The work or living area is cooler and there ends up being less glare than before, so people open the window shades and blinds instead of keeping them closed. This allows more light in during the day, which reduces the amount of artificial light needed.

MYTH #2: WINDOW FILM ONLY PROVIDES VALUE IN THE SUMMER

Window film benefits you year all year round. It not only rejects the sun’s heat in the summer; it also insulates your home from the cold winter air. Aside from temperature control, window tint also provides UV protection, glare reduction, safety as well as security features all year long.

MYTH #3: WINDOW FILM WILL KILL MY PLANTS

In most cases, the houseplant is already receiving enough sunlight. If the plant seems to do fine as it is, installing window film should have no effect on the plant. The plant may need time to adjust when window film is installed, so new growth or flowering may be temporarily slowed after window film installation.

If your house plants are of concern, before installing window film you can do two things. First, try moving the houseplant to darker area of the house and see how the plant reacts. Second, you can contact your local nursery and discuss with them the amount of sunlight your specific plant needs.

Sometimes a houseplant may do better with window film. For instance some house plants may wilt by the end of the day due to the intense sunlight. Having window film may help the plant to thrive.

MYTH #4: WINDOW FILM IS TOO EXPENSIVE

While window film is certainly a luxury product, there are a variety of price points that it can meet. Some types of window film cost more per square foot than others, it’s also important to note that not every window needs to be tinted in order for you to reap the benefits of window film. Window orientation and the layout of your space play a large role in determining which windows would benefit the most from tint.

MYTH #5: WINDOW FILM WILL DAMAGE MY WINDOWS

Many people express concern that tinting their windows will cause cracking and seal breakage, however this is not so, different films are made for different types of windows. Whether the glass is single-pane, double-pane, or low-e will determine which variety of window film will work best. The Solar Film Foundation team offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help you select the right film for your windows and particular application.