Tinted Film for Windows
Window tinted film (often called “solar control film”) is material that is intended for filtering out harmful solar radiation. Sometimes, the tinted film can be installed to office partitions to give people inside more privacy (Also see: Privacy Films). Through the use of tinting, the material can reduce the ingress of ultraviolet radiation to 1%. Accordingly, objects located in the room will be protected from sunlight. Thus it extends the life of your furniture.
In the summer, solar control film helps to avoid overheating, because it reflects up to 50% of solar energy. Thanks to this it is possible not to use curtains or blinds.
We have an array of tinted films with different levels of shading.
Mirror Films for Windows
Solar films with a reflective layer commonly used for tinting the windows of building facades. Hence its title, this type of solar film adds the effect of the mirror to the window glass and provides a certain shade. The film is able to absorb 75% of heat and 85% of light, so the room will be protected from UV rays, solar radiation, bright light, and high temperature. Due to its characteristics, the mirror window film provides some level of privacy, saving the windows of the first floors from prying eyes. Moreover, such a material ensures that broken glass will remain on the film, rather than crumbling into many fragments. (Also See: Safety and Security Film)
How Reflective Window Film Is Made
Solar control films are gaining a lot of popularity in recent days. Solar Window film begins its life as Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET). PET is used because of its excellent optical clarity and strength. The melted material is then biaxially stretched into a polyester sheet, meaning it is stretched in the direction of both its length and width. UV blockers are usually added during this process.
The next phase of construction is to add dyes or metals to the polyester sheeting. The materials chosen will be determined by the desired performance of the film and its application. Dyed films absorb a lot of heat, and therefore are generally used for automotive applications. Metalized films work in the opposite, rejecting most of the heat rather than absorbing it and are most common for residential/commercial films. (Source: http://www.solarcontrolfilmsinc.com/how-solar-window-tint-is-made/)
Advantages of reflective window film:
- Ease of installation. The film can be applied to already installed windows.
- Excellent protective characteristics.
- Attractive appearance.
- A wide selection of products.
The main advantage of this product is the one-sided visibility of glasses. So, being in the room, you can admire the view of the outside, but people on the outside will not be able to see through the window.
Window tint film has heat-reflecting properties, which saves energy. The heat that enters the room in summer is reflected, but in winter the heat is kept inside. The material is able to reflect about 70-80% of solar energy, therefore avoiding the blinding light and glare. All this makes living in an apartment comfortable at any time of the year.
How to Install Solar Control Film
There are several methods of installing the film:
- Between the window panels.
- From the outside of the building.
- From the inside of the building or house.
Before applying the material, you should pay attention to the following important factors:
- Temperature. The optimum temperature should be 5-35˚C. If the temperature is lower, the drying of the glue will take a long time, and if it is very high, the adhesive mixture will dry, and the film will not have time to stick.
- Humidity. This indicator should be at the level of 25-75%. And during the execution of the work, you must use a spray.
- Dust control. Wet cleaning should be done before gluing the film. Otherwise, the dust deposited on the glass will degrade the quality of work.
- The glass should be washed thoroughly. Remove paint or varnish residue and wipe off dust. This will require soapy water a soft sponge and a metal scraper.
- The washed and cleaned glass surface should be kept moistened with soapy water. Use any water sprinkler.
- The next stage is cutting out the material. To do this, measure all sides of the window frame with a tape measure, and then cut off a piece of film with a utility knife.
- The material is applied to wet glass. Gluing start from the top corner, and then move down. For smoothing, irregularities use a plastic spatula.
Reflective window film is widely used in residential buildings, offices and shopping centers, as well as hotels and entertainment facilities. Thanks to its use, it is possible to make living in an apartment comfortable even in hot weather.
Other types of window films
- Safety and Security. When a window glass is destroyed, it shatters into many sharp fragments. To avoid this, you should use a special protective film on the window. So, the probability of cuts is reduced to a minimum. This material is used for homes, schools, shops, medical and commercial office and other public facilities where safety is a priority.
- Frosted. The main feature of such a product is the light transmission at the level of 87%. At the same time, view-ability from the outside is reduced to a minimum, due to which matte films are often used on office partitions, shop windows and entrance doors. Due to the diversity of the range, it can be found the variety of the shades and finishes.