What Is Architectural Window Film?
What Is Architectural Window Film?
Architectural window film is a type of window film that is designed to improve the appearance of buildings. It is typically made from a polyester material and is applied to the outside of windows. Architectural window film can be clear or tinted, and it can be applied to both residential and commercial buildings.
It is any type of window film that is installed over the surface of an existing window to improve its appearance, performance, or both. While there are many different types of architectural window films, they all have the same basic composition.
The adhesive on one side of the film adheres to the glass surface of the window, while the scratch-resistant coating on the other side protects the film. They should be applied to windows where the view from the inside needs to stay intact but where there are other visual issues that need to be addressed.
Some architectural films can be applied over existing window treatments such as blinds, shutters, and curtains. Make sure that you have all of your window treatments installed prior to installation so that you can be sure that your new window film is correctly positioned during installation.
As a general rule, you should wait at least 24 hours after installing or replacing most types of window film before cleaning your glass surface. Even though these films are easy to remove, they require a proper application and should not be removed immediately after installation unless a problem arises during application or removal. Once you are sure that your new window film is installed properly, you can clean your glass with a soft, dry cloth. The best time to clean your glass is after the sun goes down. This will ensure that dust, dirt, and dust particles are not removed before they become embedded in the scratched or dirty film layer.
Certain types of PET films are designed to withstand wear and tear; these films should not be cleaned with a wet or damp cloth or chemical cleaner.
Why Is Window Film Not Recommended For Dual Pane Windows?
This is because space exists between two sealed pieces of glass in double-pane windows. Gas is usually used to fill the space. If you use the wrong film, the seal in the glass may break or the glass may shatter. Also, double-pane windows are generally too large for residential film sheets.
The pieces of the window film may easily separate from the glass due to heat or air currents. This can result in one piece of the film falling onto an extremely hot surface and causing a fire.
There are some instances where it may be possible to apply residential window film to double-pane windows, but we do not recommend these applications to inexperienced installers.
There are special types of commercial films that can be used to cover double-pane windows. These films are typically applied directly onto a sheet of glass and do not require the removal of window treatments in order to install them.
Dual pane windows are not typically available in the size or type of film that is appropriate for residential applications, so we do not have any recommendations for these types of applications.
If you are considering dual-pane window film, you should carefully examine your situation to determine if it is even possible to apply dual-pane window film onto a window. In addition, if you decide to go this route, be sure that you purchase and install at least two separate films and not just one.
The placement of the glass on dual-pane windows is often random and awkward; this makes it nearly impossible for most residential films to be installed correctly.
If possible, in order to protect your glass from heat damage, we suggest that you try to avoid having dual-pane windows in your home. Otherwise, we recommend that you consider installing window film on each side of the window.