Information abounds on the internet about the advantages that come with the use of stained glass window film. Some of these advantages include your windows having the appearance of expensive stained glass windows at just a fraction of the cost, enhanced indoor privacy, better aesthetics, and potentially other benefits as well. However, with these advantages come some potential drawbacks. Before you run out and buy some decorative stained glass window film to put on your windows, you should be aware of some of these issues. In this article, I will describe some of the more common problems that crop up so that you will be better prepared to handle them.
Beware Of Double-Stick Tape
Before the advent of static cling window films, double-stick tape was used to hold the film onto the window frame. This worked pretty well until it came time to remove or replace the film. Double-stick tape is extremely difficult to remove from any surface, without causing damage to the surface. While there are some powerful solvents that are currently on the market that can remove the tape, these solvents will normally strip off any paint that might be on the surface, causing cosmetic damage to the window frame. If you must use double-stick tape when installing your new stained glass window film, then the first thing that you should do is lay a strip of electrical tape onto the window frame, where you would normally apply the double-stick tape. Then, apply the double-stick tape on top of the electrical tape. The electrical tape will come off of your window frame easily, without leaving behind any residue or causing damage to the window frame. The best thing to do, however, is to avoid the possibility of this problem coming up by using static cling stained glass window film. Static cling films use only static electricity to hold the film onto the window. No messy or cumbersome adhesive is involved when using static cling window films. They are easy to install and very easy to remove from the window when you need to do that.
Air Bubbles During And After Installation
If you are installing stained glass window film for the first time, then you will probably experience the appearance of air bubbles between the film and the window while you try to install the film. The larger air bubbles can be resolved by flattening the film as you apply it with either the side of your hand or the squeegee that should come with the film when you purchase it. When doing this, start at the center of the window and work out toward the edges and the corners. Once you have the film installed without the larger air bubbles, you may still notice some smaller bubbles, even well after installation, due to anything from human error during installation to thermal expansion and contraction. These smaller bubbles can usually be resolved by piercing them with a sharp knife. Piercing the bubbles will simply pull the film back against the window. If you are installing stained glass window film for the first time, then you should always purchase more film than you think you’re going to need, and then practice the technique on a scrap piece of wood until you feel comfortable with it.
Scratches And Abrasions
Keep in mind that while glass windows aren’t likely to scratch, and probably wouldn’t show the scratches if they were scratched, plastic stained glass window film will scratch, and the scratches have a good chance of showing. This might negate any aesthetic benefit that you might otherwise achieve with your film. This can be a real problem for you if you have pets, like cats that might climb up on your furniture to access the windows. You could also have this problem if you have young children who might scratch on your windows. When using stained glass window film, just try to use it where it can’t be scratched, like in rooms where pets aren’t allowed.
Discoloration Of Your Film
Many window films, over time, will discolor or show a cloudy appearance due to long-term exposure to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. This problem, of course, will be more prevalent on film that is attached to windows that face the sun all day long. This may take away from the appearance that you are trying to create with the film. In some cases, the film might even be difficult to remove from the window. This is why you need to replace the film every so often. How often you need to replace it depends on recommendations from the manufacturer, as no two window films are the same.
Absence Of Key Benefits
In addition to improved aesthetics and indoor privacy, there are some other benefits that may come with the use of stained glass privacy window film, such as better insulation and improved shatter resistance. However, you may find after installation that your stained glass window film will not provide you with those added benefits. Before you purchase any stained glass window film, you need to verify that that particular film is designed to provide you with the benefits that you desire. This is because window films are produced to satisfy an array of different needs. No two are the same. While it may take you some time to verify the benefits of the film that you intend to buy, it can save you some grief later on.
The problems mentioned above are some of the most common problems that users encounter when they deal with stained glass window film. However, with a little bit of common sense, you can either work around or overcome these problems in order to have a positive experience with your new window film.