Stained Glass Window Film



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.

Religious Stained Glass Window Film With A Christian Theme


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.

Stained Glass Window Film With Floral Patterns

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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.

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Stained Glass Window Film With A Very Unique Design


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.


Privacy Film For Windows



You’re getting sick and tired of your small town neighbors keeping tabs on what you’re doing both inside and outside of your house. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single thing that you can do to change their behavior. However, there are some things that you can do to help maintain some degree of privacy in spite of these unwanted neighbors. One of these options includes installing privacy film for windows. This allows you to see outside during the day time, while keeping the neighbors from being able to see in from the outside. There may also be some added benefits, including a cooler room during the summer, and a warmer room during the winter, depending on what type of privacy film you get. In this article, I will discuss some of the places where you can find privacy film for windows at a very reasonable price.


Amazon.com

At Amazon.com, you can shop for thousands of items for prices that often can’t be beaten anywhere else. You can buy everything from books to jewelry to home improvement supplies that include privacy window film. Right now, on Amazon you can buy 36″ x 72″ sheet of etched glass privacy window film that gives the appearance of an etched glass window at just a fraction of the cost. It’s easy to install and does not involve the use of any messy adhesives. It is translucent, so you can still see outside through the film, although without as much clarity. This type of film offers great protection from ultraviolet radiation and is not affected in the least by heat or humidity. This film is of the Artscape brand, and you can get it on Amazon for just under $30. It also qualifies for free shipping.

Etched Glass Window Film By Artscape On Amazon.com

CollectionsEtc.com

At this website, you can buy a host of outdoor decorations, lawn and indoor lighting, and home decor items. You can also buy window film here as well. Right now, on this website you can buy semi-opaque window film, which will obstruct the view on the inside for anyone who is on the outside. This film is a static cling window film that can be easily installed, easily removed, and reused again without a problem. In spite of its semi-opacity, this film still allows plenty of sunshine to come through it. It’s great for use on shower enclosures and garage windows. You can buy 78″ x 19″ sheet of this film for just $9.99!


TAPPlastics.com

At tapplastics.com, you can get a frosted privacy window film that can make your windows appear to be sandblasted. They can give your room plenty of privacy, while still allowing plenty of light to come through. The film blocks out 98% of ultraviolet radiation from the sun, and comes in 48″ sheets. You can get one of these sheets for less than eight dollars apiece. On their website, they offer a detailed procedure by which you can remove old window film and install this film in its place.

WindowFilmWorld.com

Here, you can buy a wide variety of static cling vinyl privacy window films that you can apply to your windows, doors, or shower enclosures. One example of the many different types of window film that they sell is the Everleaf static cling decorative window privacy film. It features a two-toned leaf pattern that can add a real stroke of beauty to the glass that you apply it to. This film is easy to install and lasts for years. It is easy to trim to the size that will fit on your window, and it’s also very easy to remove. You can get a 16″ x 74″ sheet of this film for just $33.00. In addition to this film, these guys also sell numerous types of stained glass window film, embossed window film, and other decorative films.

Everleaf Privacy Window Film From WindowFilmWorld.com




GilaFilms.com

Gila is a leading brand of premium window film privacy. Their privacy films for windows keep people from seeing inside your home while blocking heat and the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. These films reduce glare and can even provide a sleek, mirrored appearance to those on the outside if you prefer. Some of their films can even give you 24-hour indoor privacy. Gila also produces static cling energy saving films that keep heat from escaping through your windows, helping you to save money on your utility bills. Regardless of your needs, Gila provides a film that can satisfy you. The only thing is that you have to buy from a dealer. You can find a dealer on their website at gilafilms.com.

This article should give you a good start when it comes to selecting the right kind of privacy film for windows that will help to maintain your privacy and potentially save you money on your energy bills. It’s best to check all of these sources for privacy window film and compare prices before deciding to make a purchase, as prices do vary from one supplier to the next.