The benefits of installing UV window film in buildings include a reduction in energy costs and an alternative to more expensive projects like replacing all the windows. Its popularity has led to growth, accounting for a global market value of $9.8 billion dollars last year. UV window film helps to protect materials that have been exposed over a short period of time to intense sunlight or over a long period of time to low light. By screening out up to 99.9 percent of the UVA and UVB rays from the sunlight, it reduces the sun damage to furnishing, carpets, and other items. Despite all of these benefits, there are myths that still exist, which have caused many misconceptions about window tinting. Below are some of the common myths about UV window film and the truth.
Windows Will Be Too Dark
Tinting has changed a lot in the last few decades. Tint used to be very dark, which could make it difficult to see outside at night. It would also make the environment very gloomy. But these days, different shades are available and you can choose how light or dark you want the tint to be. Technological advances allow window film in modern times to keep out UV rays and heat without making the windows too dark. Some window tinting is so subtle that you can’t tell that it’s even there.
UV Window Film Will Damage Windows
Another myth about UV window film is that it causes damage to windows like seal breakage or cracking. A professional and experienced installer will be able to select the right type of film for your windows. Double-pane, single-pane, and Low-E glass require the right type of window film. The expertise of a reputable installer makes a big difference as they will apply their knowledge to apply the right solution. Insulated glass units around the world have had window film applied to them for decades. In this time, they have never been the cause of a seal failure. Federal specifications require that windows be able to withstand at least 3.30 psi of pressure. Window film applies only a fraction of this pressure. Window manufacturers will usually honor their warranty against seal failure when a recognized window film is present. The primary reason that a thermal fracture in glass would occur isn’t because of the application of window film. The root cause is when the glass was not installed or manufactured using industry standards. Some installers also include a warranty that covers thermal breakage to back up their claims.
Window Film Only Works in the Summer
You will benefit from UV window film throughout the year. The effects are certainly felt more in the summer when the sun’s heat is more apparent. In the wintertime, help keep the cold window air outside by insulating your home. The U.S. Department of Energy has found that about 25 percent of the costs to heat and cool the average home is attributed to windows. Applying window film will slow down the transfer of energy going in and out of the windows. Alternatives to window film will end up costing you much more. The average cost of each window that’s replaced is $650. That will quickly multiply as you add more windows in the mix. Window film is an energy-efficient solution that can save you money throughout the year across different seasons and climates.
Windows Can’t be Cleaned
Windows that have film can be cleaned just like windows that don’t have it. Detailed instructions are available when you check the film’s specs or by asking the installer. Generally speaking, the cleaning routine is usually the same as before the film was applied. The effectiveness and look of a high-quality window film that was installed properly will last for a long time. Most of the higher quality window films will also not discolor over time. Many films come with a warranty that ensures you get long-term results from your window film.
Work with the Window Film Professionals
Have you heard other myths about UV window film? Let us know what you’ve heard and we’ll answer your questions. Atlantic Sun Control has expert staff that can install your UV window film professionally. We have competitive pricing and have almost every major manufacturer available to use with our dependable installation services. The ASC service area spans a 75-mile radius around the Washington D.C. metro area. ASC has accreditation from the International Window Film Association, Madico, Hanita Tech, and many more organizations. Our professionals will come on-site so that an accurate and comprehensive quote can be provided. Our work is insured and many of the materials we use have a lifetime warranty. Call us today and schedule your estimate.