The Truth About Protecting Your Kitchen Windows With Window Film

Written by bprescottFebruary 29, 2012
A cozy kitchen with windows protected by decorative window film

Protecting your interior with window film

If you’re not upgrading your kitchen windows, you can still upgrade the protection capabilities of your old windows by applying window film to the interior side of the window glass. The advantages of applying window-tinting film include blocking visible light rays (the ones that heat up a room) and screening the invisible or ultra-violet rays (the ones that cause furniture, drapes, and other items to fade). Filtering out sun rays also reduces glare in the room, putting less strain on your eyes. Note: All types of interior window films sold in most home centers are compatible with residential windows and should not effect a window’s warranty.

There are three basic types of window-tinting films: low-E; reflective, and non-reflective. The type of film you should choose depends on where you live (region), what you want the window to look like, and what you want the film to do- protection-wise. Take a look at each type of film more closely:

  • Low-E film blocks almost as much incoming summer heat as a reflective window film. But in the winter, low-E films reradiate as much as 50 percent of the original incoming heat back into the room instead of allowing it to be lost out the window. Low-E films are expensive; however, they can be expected to last for 10 years.
  • Reflective film comes in silver and other tinted shades, such as smoke and bronze. Their primary function is to block heat gain. Their silver or tinted appearance also offers the most in the way of daytime privacy, although some people don’t like the reflective appearance. These are the least expensive of the three types, but they also offer the least amount of protection.
  • Non-reflective film started in the automobile industry and made its way into the residential window market. This film doesn’t do much to reduce heat loss or gain, but it’s excellent at blocking out glare and ultra-violet light.

Hanging window film is a bit like hanging wallpaper: Just take your time, be patient, and you’ll be happy with the work you’ve done. If you decide to install window film on your new or existing windows, read the “Tips and tricks to installing window film” article for insider advice to consider before you begin.

 

From ‘Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies’
Copyright © 2003 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

 

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