It’s understandable to be suspicious of something that sounds too good to be true and even more acceptable to want to learn what makes something tick. In the case of Birmingham window film, the idea of applying it to their homes is one that makes sense to a lot of people, however the details get a bit fuzzy when understanding how it actually comes to function and do its job. For this reason, homeowners are often reluctant to have window film installed on their panes—simply because if they’re not sure how it works, then they can’t be sure if it is working or not!
Understanding how window film works is easier than it seems and there’s far more science involved than just adding an extra layer of film to your windows. If you’re curious about how Birmingham window film is able to provide your home with all of the benefits that it does, read on.
Understanding light and heat
When the sun shines down on us, it’s more than just light that we’re getting—there are also UV rays to worry about and heat energy that’s a product. Imagine sun shining through the windows of your home on a warm, summery day: when you walk into the room, you’re not only met with sunlight, but also heat as well.
Understanding window film means understanding that different parts of the sun’s rays can be rejected or accepted by a film application. For example, when it comes to solar window film, visible light is let into your home, however solar and radiant heat are disallowed. Visible light, which has a different wavelength than other forms of light, like UV rays, is able to penetrate the film barrier of your windows, while other wavelengths are too large to sneak through. As a product of this, you’re able to enjoy the light, without the heat.
Now, perhaps you’re the type of person that enjoys the heat from the sun streaming down into your home. Will a window application completely cut out that extra warmth that you enjoy? Not necessarily—it’s all dependent on the grade of film that you apply to your home. For example, if you have numerous windows that all face the sun when it’s at its highest point, you may select a higher grade of tint, since the sun will be coming through with more force, more frequently. However, if your home has a select few windows that need tinting, you may select a lower grade of tint, so that you can still enjoy some of the heat benefits without becoming overwhelmed.
Protection that you want
Because window film is engineered to reject UV rays and allow light through, there are some noticeable benefits that you can judge to determine if your tint was a good investment. First of all, the temperature in your home will remain fairly constant, not fluctuated by the added heat from the sun. Second, you’ll notice that the sun has less of an impact on items in your home—pictures won’t fade, sun spots on your walls won’t appear, etc.
The best way to make sure that your Birmingham window film is doing the best job that it possibly can, is to speak with a contractor at Solar Control Specialists, who has the knowledge and know-how to ensure that your investment in window film is a lasting and beneficial one.