Stained glass window film offers a number of benefits to those who use it. We’ve all seen the beautiful religious stained glass window film-covered windows at the local churches, and the multi-shaded light that they throw upon the interior. In this article, I will discuss a few of these benefits, as well as a few of the places where stained glass window film can be purchased. That will be followed by a general procedure by which you can install your own window film, without the need for a professional installer.
Key Benefits Of Stained Glass Window Film
Improved Aesthetics For Your Home Or Office
As mentioned in the introduction, anyone who has been in an old church that has stained glass windows can attest to the color that the glass can add to the light that passes through the windows, and how it can beautify the surroundings. Stained glass window film gives your windows the appearance of stained glass windows at just a fraction of the cost, giving homeowners the ability to enjoy many of the same benefits. This type of film comes in many different colors and designs. While the most common designs are those that depict religious themes, there are others that show floral patterns, geometric designs, and even marine life. The possibilities are endless. I use film with several different geometric designs, and it really makes my place look cool. The wide variety of colors and designs that are available with custom stained glass window film give you the ability to customize the look and feel of your home or office in many different ways.
Enhanced Daytime Privacy
Another benefit that stained glass window film offers to its users is more daytime privacy. If you’re like me and live in an area where there are a lot of kids or nosy neighbors, then you don’t want them looking through your windows. Stained glass privacy window film can allow visible light to come through your windows, while keeping those on the outside of your home from looking in. So, you get the advantage of better indoor privacy without making your home look and feel like a dungeon due to lack of sunlight. A side benefit of this privacy that I really like is the possible protection of your property. This is because many burglars scout out a place before breaking into it. They’ll look through the windows to see if there is anything inside worth stealing. If they can’t see through the windows, then they won’t take the risk of breaking in, not knowing if they will come away with anything.
Protection From Ultraviolet Radiation
Virtually all stained glass window films that are on the market are designed to reject ultraviolet radiation from the sun. This keeps ultraviolet radiation from passing through your windows and damaging your drapes, carpet, furniture, or anything else that you keep in close proximity to your windows. This damage usually comes in the form of fading color. This enhanced protection can help you get more life out of these important interior items and save money on what you would normally spend on replacement items. I should know because before I found out about stained glass window film, I had to replace my drapes twice due to color fading, and they aren’t cheap.
Where To Buy Stained Glass Window Film
After reading about some of the many benefits that custom stained glass window film can offer, you may be wondering about where you can go to get some of your own. Here, I will offer some ideas on how you can score your own film.
Shopping Online For Decorative Stained Glass Window Film
One of the first places where you should consider looking online would be the online marketplaces of eBay and Amazon.com. Thousands of items are bought and sold on these two websites everyday. You can buy everything from books to auto parts to window film, often at prices that can’t be beat anywhere else. Sellers on these websites can usually afford to sell for less than a brick-and-mortar retailer because they don’t have to store any inventory. They just place an order with the manufacturer, who ships the item directly to you. They also don’t have buildings to pay for. I purchased some of my window film on eBay, and saved a bundle.
There are also specialty online retailers who sell stained glass window film. A few of these places are WindowFilmWorld.com, WallpaperForWindows.com, Blinds.com, and DesignYourWall.com. They have film with a wide variety of designs, and some of these retailers can even produce film exactly to your design specifications.
Brick and Mortar Locations
If you have a relatively generic design in mind, and you don’t want to wait for the item to be shipped to you, then you can always visit your local hardware or home improvement store, such as Lowe’s or Home Depot. These stores often have employees who can help you select the right film for you and give you advice on how to install it, if you’ve never done that before. You would also do well to visit discount retailers such as Wal-Mart or Target.
How To Install Stained Glass Window Film
Stained glass window film can be very economical when you can install it on your own without the assistance of a professional. Once you install your stained glass window film, you can sit back and admire your work with a very strong sense of accomplishment. Here, I will outline a general procedure by which you can install your new static cling stained glass window film.
Before you begin, you need to be aware of some of the problems that may occur when you are trying to install decorative stained glass window film. One of these problems deals with air bubbles that show up in between the film and the glass. When you buy your stained glass window film, buy a little extra so that you can practice on another surface, following the procedure outlined in this article, so that you can apply the film to your window with confidence. I struggled with air bubbles immensely when I installed window film for the first time. I ended up buying nearly twice the amount that I needed and practiced on a piece of wood for a while until I got it right. Fortunately, I ended up not needing all of the film that I bought.
Take careful measurements of your window surfaces and cut the stained glass window film to desired dimensions. Of course, you’ll want to cut on the side of the backing paper. You may want to leave some excess on the sides to make doubly sure that you’ll have enough when you go to apply it to the glass. If you don’t, then you just wasted some of your film, and you’ll have to cut another piece, so make sure that you have enough. You will be able to trim off the excess when you have it in place. When doing this, remember that it always pays to measure twice and cut once.
Once you have all of your stained glass window film pieces cut to the right dimensions, you’ll need to make sure that your window surfaces are spic-and-span clean. Otherwise, you might not get the adhesion that you need for the film to stay on the window. Use soapy water or glass cleaner to make sure that your windows are clean.
Now that your windows are clean, you need to do a little more surface preparation. Using a spray bottle filled with water and just a few drops of soap, spray down the window surfaces. This will allow you the move the film around a little bit easier to get it into place, and will also assist you in removing any air bubbles that may occur during installation.
Peel off the backing paper from the film and place the film into position on the window. Make sure that it is aligned properly, being centered about the desired position, with the excess film evenly distributed about the perimeter. Use the side of one hand to flatten out the film, removing any larger air bubbles.
Once the film is set into position, wet down the front side of the film with your spray bottle, and apply a squeegee to the surface of the film to remove any remaining air bubbles. The squeegee should come with the film kit. When using the squeegee, start at the center and work out toward the corners and edges. If the corners won’t stay down, use a hairdryer, which will soften the film, making it conform and adhere to the window surface. Do not overheat the film with the hairdryer.
Now that you have successfully installed your custom static cling stained glass window film, you can enjoy the unique light that it throws upon the interior of your home, along with the added benefits of enhanced privacy and protection from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.