If you keep up with all of the latest and greatest when it comes to maintaining the efficiency of your home, then I am sure that you are well aware of the many potential benefits that can come with using plastic window film, including daytime privacy, insulation during the winter as well as the summer, and decorative window film. However, there are also some potential disadvantages or pitfalls that you should be aware of before you set out to install these modern window treatments. This article will highlight some of the things to look out for, so that you don’t make a costly mistake.
Plastic window film can increase the shatter resistance of your windows. This can help protect people and property inside your home from flying glass shards that may occur during a violent storm or the commission of a burglary. However, you must keep in mind that if shatter resistance is your primary concern, you would probably be better off with a window that is made from either Plexiglas or acrylic. These windows will have more impact strength than any window with or without film.
Even though many plastic window films on the market can block out up to 99% of ultraviolet radiation from the sun, long-term exposure to this radiation can cause the film to turn yellow over time. In the case of decorative window films, like stained glass window film, you’ll need to keep a close eye on this, and replace it every so often.
Some plastic window films can be very difficult to remove when you need to replace it. Static cling film usually doesn’t have this problem as no adhesive is involved, but if an adhesive is involved, then you may have a chore on your hands.
A window with plastic film on it will show scratches much more readily than a window that doesn’t have the film. So, in the case of decorative window films, you really don’t want to scratch it, or you’ll probably have to replace it. Also, special care must be taken to ensure that the film is compatible with the window in the sense of thermal expansion, as some windows, such as upvc windows, with film may crack due to thermal stresses that result from the film being there with a different coefficient of thermal expansion. In most cases, this is not an issue, but it is something to think about before you buy any.
Now, you know some of the things to look out for when buying your brand new plastic window film.