Summer heat is beginning to return and we are starting to remember why we need to protect ourselves and our homes or businesses from the sun. Despite the heat, we still love our windows and glass doors; in fact they are necessary to our quality of life and to the visibility of our businesses. But with all that glass, we are exposed; exposed to damage, danger, discomfort, and health risks.
We’ve talked before of the damage to our interior and exterior furnishings and finishes, heat gain, and glare. But there are other much more serious risks to be concerned with. Glass is a fragile thing and our windows also expose us to break-ins, unintentional impacts, airborne debris during disasters, and even the risk of skin cancer.
Traditional window treatments are all effective (to some extent) at reducing glare, fading and heat gain. However, consider that even when the sky is cloudy, we are still exposed to UBA and UVB rays. We rarely close our window coverings on a cloudy day – there seems to be no need – so these types of treatments are not the best solution.
And, obviously, drapes, blinds, and shades cannot address the safety and security concerns we have mentioned. The most effective protection and affordable solution is window film. While it cannot prevent window damage or break-ins, it will reduce the damage and dangers of these events and can address multiple concerns in one product.
Window films have gotten a bad reputation in the past due to bubbling, cracking, and pealing. But this product has benefitted from many years of new technology, which has solved these issues and now offers us new options. When professionally installed, a quality window film can:
- Block up to 86% of the sun’s heat
- Reduce interior heat loss through windows during the winter
- Reduce the load on a building’s HVAC system
- Prevent glass from shattering – deterring an intruder, or at least delaying their entrance
- Prevent glass shards from becoming airborne during a disaster
- Block up to 99% of the sun’s UV rays
- Prevent fading of furnishings and interior finishes
- Significantly reduce the risk of skin damage and cancer
- Reduce glare and eye fatigue, resulting in higher productivity
- Improve a building’s appearance by eliminating the visibility of interior “clutter”
- Protect windows from graffiti damage
- Delay seal failure on dual-pane, insulated glass windows
Window film also costs less than replacement of vandalized windows, can save thousands in sun or glass breakage damage to interior furnishings and finishes, and can make a building look as though it has received a facelift at a fraction of the cost. And, because of its energy conservation qualities, window film can help your building earn credits toward LEED certification, and may qualify you/your business for tax credits.
Window film is an effective, affordable, long-lived, and comprehensive solution. It pairs well with drapes; is practical for high-moisture and/or dirt-prone environments; is a great first solution for windows when moving into a new space; and is an easier and less costly option for “covering” very large windows.
Whatever concerns your windows pose, we use Madico SUN-GARD®, Sunscape®, and Safetyshield ® films to address those issues. There are many new options in window film appropriate to both residential and commercial buildings – even historic structures. Some of these include metalized, colored, fully reflective, matte or opaque finishes (for privacy and light diffusion), blackout, and scratch resistance.
Contact us for guidance on the best window film product to meet your specific needs.