As temperatures continue to rise in Arizona, many homeowners are looking for some relief. Are you considering adding solar film to your home to make it more comfortable during the summer months? Interested in reducing energy costs? Or are you simply curious about the basics and benefits of window film? Everyday we receive calls from homeowners who aren’t sure where to begin. We have the answers you need to make an informed choice about which window film is the best option for your home.
What is residential solar film?
Let’s start with the basics. Window film is a sheet of strong polyester laminate treated in a variety of ways to improve the appearance and performance of existing windows. On one side of the sheet there is a scratch-resistant coating and the other side has an adhesive that adheres to the surface of the glass window. Residential window film is most commonly applied to the interior of the windows but in some circumstances an exterior film might be recommended. Solar film reduces UV rays and heat by reflecting the heat away from your home.
While there are DIY film options available at most home improvement stores, this blog post explores the professional grade window films installed by experienced technicians.
What are the benefits of solar film?
Across all climate zones, energy saving window films offer a good return on investment due to the combination of solar performance and significantly lower material and installation costs when compared to window replacement and other alternatives. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 15% of the average home’s wall space is composed of glass, which is a very poor insulator. The majority of a home’s utility bills are spent in energy costs from untreated windows.
In addition to reducing energy costs, window film provides a nearly imperceptible added layer of protection against UV rays and glare that can damage flooring, furniture and artwork.
What should I consider when selecting a film type?
With such a wide variety of window film options on the market, there is likely a film that will meet your needs. Here are some questions to answer before you contact a professional
- What problem are you trying to solve with window film? What benefit are you seeking? (energy cost savings, heat reduction, glare, security, etc.)
- How do you want the film to look on the inside and outside of your home? (clear, grey, bronze, reflective like a mirror, etc.)
- Do you have an HOA that will need to approve the film prior to installation?
- Which rooms in your home would you like to have window film installed?
- What is your budget?
How do I get started?
Call experienced, professional installers to give you free estimates and compare bids. Reputable installers will visit your residence to obtain accurate measurements, discuss your needs, and provide you with product samples. Get estimates in writing to ensure that products quoted are comparable and always use a licensed contractor. With over 35 years of experience, our highly skilled team is available to help you select the best film for your home. Contact us for a free estimate.