Windows add a lot of personality to any building. They make the exterior look more interesting and make interior spaces feel more spacious. windows also let natural light into your interior spaces, which is good for aesthetic value and for improving the atmosphere within a building. Windows are essential architectural features, but they aren’t perfect. Having windows installed in your building can compromise your privacy and also upset your interior climate.
Windows expose your interior to the outside world, but only to a certain extent. Fortunately, we have a number of ways to fix problems presented by windows. In order to have windows and maintain your privacy, you can choose from a variety of window coverings. These coverings range from curtains that completely cover your windows to blinds and other less obstructive options. Window films have been gaining plenty of popularity lately thanks to their effectiveness and relatively low cost.
Window films are essentially thin layers of material that can be glued onto your window glass. They can block light, provide privacy, minimize energy loss, and add flavour to your interior. Window films can be a great way to give regular windows a frosted glass look without having to actually replace your glass panes.
Frosted window films are quite versatile as well. You can find them in a variety of colours and textures and they can be applied to pretty much any kind of flat window. You can find plenty of companies that sell window films and also help you install them. Having them installed professionally can save you from a lot of hassle, but it will also add to the overall cost of your window film.
If you’re a DIY kind of person who’s confident about your handiwork, you can consider trying to apply window films on your own. Bear in mind that proper application is trickier than you may think. Let’s go through the application process.
Applying Window Film on Your Own
Before you start pasting your window film onto your window panes, you need to go through a bit of preparation.
- Make sure that you don’t apply window film when there is direct sunlight. Window films need to be applied at a temperature of around 12-18 degrees Celsius. If you’re applying them in the summer, it’s a good idea to wait for the sun to go down and the surroundings to cool down before you begin application.
- Make sure to clean and dry your windowpane before you apply the film. There shouldn’t be any dirt or fingerprints on the glass at all.
- You should have an extra pair of hands to help you out with the installation. One person should hold the top-left corner of the film to the glass while the other does the same with the bottom-right corner. This diagonal application method helps ensure a clean and precise installation.
- Once you have prepared your windowpane for installation, you can begin applying the film.
The Installation Process
- Begin by double-checking that your windowpane is completely clean.
- Keep the window film completely flat as you remove its backing paper. Don’t let the film kink or bend at all. Be very careful when you are removing the backing paper as there’s a very good chance that you may tear the film itself.
- Depending on the type of film you’re using, you may or may not have to wet the glass surface before application. Double-check your film’s usage instructions before you begin applying it.
- Use a squeegee to start pressing the film into place. Start from the middle and work your way towards the edge of the film. Make sure to use long and overlapping motions. Use one hand to keep the film taut and close to the glass surface as you’re pressing down on it.
- As you’re pressing it into place, carefully check for any air bubbles that may get trapped beneath the film. Use your squeegee to push them out.
- Once the film is set in place, you must leave it for 24 to 48 hours to let its adhesive set.
That’s it! Your window film is now set in place and it will do its job. It’ll give your windows a fresh look, help increase privacy without completely obstructing natural light, and help with climate control as well.
Window films are great for increasing the privacy level of a window without completely obstructing natural light. They also help increase the aesthetic appeal of your interior and improve climate control. A quality window film can work wonders for your windows.
Drawbacks of Applying Window Film on Your Own
Like we mentioned before, applying window film is trickier than it looks. There’s very little margin for error and there’s a chance of you messing up. The slightest oversight or mistake can lead to your window film becoming damaged. Improper application can result in a bad finish or decrease the lifespan of your window film as well. However, if you follow the instructions supplied with the film, you can get a good finish without any problem.
Apart from the chances of your application going bad, your application options become limited as well. A professional can take window films and customize them before installing them. They can cut different designs and shapes in order to make them look cooler. Cutting designs into a window film is hard, and installing a window film with cut-outs and designs is even harder.
Having your window film installed by a professional can help you save money in the long run. A properly applied window film can last you for many years. You will also have less chance of damaging your films and having to buy them again.
If you are confident about your skills and have the right equipment on hand, you can always try to apply window films on your own. Just make sure that you prepare yourself properly beforehand.