Window film is one of those products that many people are just unsure about—after all, how often do you really investigate or look into window film to a level that makes you knowledgeable about what it is, how it works and all of its intricacies? It’s okay to have questions—especially if you’re thinking about investing in a solar film installation in Birmingham, AL for your home. Take a look at some of the most common questions and answers asked and given:
Can I buy film and install it myself?
Most people—especially DIYers—try to cut costs and save money by buying and installing their own window film. While it’s true that many hardware stores have window film, this shouldn’t be confused with professional-grade film. Moreover, it takes a great deal of experience to install film properly (without bubbling or overlapping), which can affect the performance of the film itself. The short answer to this question is yes, you can buy and install your own film… but that doesn’t mean you should.
How long does a film application last?
Window film is made to last for decades and your initial investment in a solar film installation in Birmingham, AL can pay for itself several times over.
How do I clean or take care of window film?
About 30 days after the installation, you can clean your film with any regular household cleaner, including ammonia-based products. Avoid abrasive products that might scratch the film and stick to microfiber cloths or gentle materials.
Will window film stop sun fading?
Unfortunately window film stops heat, not sunlight, which is the culprit when it comes to fading. Nothing can truly stop the sun from fading things that are in direct contact with it every day.
How long will it take for window film to pay for itself?
This is a tricky question and one that depends on your cooling costs and climate. Generally, through the money saved on cooling costs, AC repairs and more, window film will pay for itself in roughly three to five years for most homeowners. The easiest way to gauge the payback rate of your energy savings is to compare utility bills from exactly one year ago to utility bills after a film installation and subtract the difference from the cost of your solar film installation in Birmingham, AL—it’s not an exact measure, but it’s definitely an indicator.
How long does a window film installation take?
Depending on how many windows you’re having treated, the job can take anywhere from a couple of hours to an entire day, but generally it can be accomplished in one visit from an installation professional.
If you have other questions or concerns regarding window film, its capabilities or its function, don’t hesitate to contact one of the professionals at Solar Control Specialists! We’re more than happy to help you understand everything you’d like to know about residential window film and the many benefits that come with it.