Installers

How can window film enhance your business and help your customers?

There are multiple types of window film available, most of them being complex constructions and having a variety of properties and benefits. Window film professionals have to advise their clients about the most suitable type of window film for their vehicle, house or building. There are many variables to take into account like the desired outcome (UV protection, aesthetics, security, etc), the local weather conditions, building orientation, exterior shading conditions type of vehicle, window size among others.

With escalating energy costs, products such as window film are increasingly valuable for both vehicle and building owners. It is up to the professional installers to suggest the best product that will help their customers solve common problem situations like the ones listed below. 

 

Transport

Window film can help improve or change the security, the interior comfort and the appearance of different means of transport like trains, trams, metro, busses and other. It can also be used for enhanced paint protection of both individual vehicles and public transport alike.

Design

Window film is a great tool to enhance the aspect of a vehicle. There are a variety of window film products to suit any type of vehicle and are available in a variety of colours and shades, from virtually invisible films to darker colours.

Thermal Comfort

Window film can significantly reduce the effects of solar heating in all modes of transport. A cooler interior provides more comfort, and reduces the need to use air conditioning systems, thereby extending the transportation’s life and improving gas mileage.

UV Protection

Window film provides increased protection to eyes and skin from UV rays and the harmful effects of the sun. Window film offers an affordable and safe protection blocking up to 99% of both UVA rays and UVB rays (those that cause sunburn) all year long to safeguard passengers, luggage and animals on-board.

Security

Window film improves the resistance of the glass against shattering in accidental or deliberate breakage. It is a suitable solution to tackle the dangerous results of violent attacks to a given mean of transport, since the glass will break but it will remain together much longer than without film. This will provide the passengers with increased protection. 

Paint Protection

This is a very special application as it is not the traditional window film, but a Paint Protection Film. The film helps protect the most vulnerable areas of a given mode of transport, be it a vehicle, boat, airplane or train, from the most common problems (insect stains and abrasions, scratches, nicks, small road debris damage, winter road salt and sand). Window film preserves the transportation’s paint finish and overall appearance.

Architecture

The installation of window film can play a major role in achieving a high-performance building envelope. Window film installers need to advise the best product to their clients based on the problem situation they are hoping to tackle when opting for window film.

Energy Consumption

Window film can contribute to a considerable reduction of the energy bill both in summer as in winter time. There are window films on the market that allow to improve the thermal insulation of a glazing. These products, generally referred to as low-E films (E stands for emissivity) can improve, when applied professionally, the thermal insulation value of the glazing of a window. The level of improvement depends strongly on the type of glazing of the window. For specific data, it is highly recomended to consult the specification and data sheets of the manufacturer.

Safety

Window film technology is developed to absorb some of the energy of each impact and hold shattered glass fragments together. Window film is therefore used to protect both people and property from the dangers of shreds of glass in the case of window breaks:
  • In the case of an explosion: solutions with window film holds the glass together avoiding particles of glass be propelled at high speed and injuring or even killing people.
  • In the case of human impact: window film reduces the risk that broken glass injures people
  • In the case of impact by objects: window film holds glass together reducing considerable the risk of entry through the window
  • See here case study on safety Window Film

Security

Window films delay and deter thieves from entering buildings and homes through the glazing. It constitutes a barrier to forced entry and after breakage. It is also used to protect against cutting and piercing injuries caused by accidental breakage in homes, schools and public buildings. Thanks to its micro-thin and high technology properties window film can improve ordinary float glass to perform like a safety glass. See here case study on security Window Film

Anti-graffiti

Glass is a very easy target for graffiti. Sacrificial window film protects glass surfaces from accidental and deliberate attacks. When desired, the film is simply removed which means that graffiti and other damage is removed along with the film. Even with the cost of several treatments of sacrificial window film, considerable savings are still achieved when compared to replacing the glass.

Thermal Comfort

Window film prevents solar energy passing through the glazing of buildings entering the edifice. This helps control workplace temperatures, improves the thermal comfort inside that supports the well-being of building occupants, and reduces the amount of solar energy directly entering the building or home to more comfortable levels.

UV Protection

Window films provide increased protection to eyes and skin from UV rays and the harmful effects of the sun. Subject to the type of film, this technology can block up to 99% of both UVA and UVB (those that cause sunburn) all year long.

Fading

Building owners and home owners are often confronted with the fading of carpets, curtains, paint and artwork in their properties. Fading is caused mainly by solar energy (UV, visible light and solar heat). Depending on the type, window films can provide up to 99.9% reduction in the transmission of harmful UV radiation thereby reducing the damage caused to the building interior (paint, wood, furniture) and its contents.