Important Considerations When Buying Stained Glass Window Film

Properly installed static cling stained glass window film can provide you with a number of benefits if you decide to use it. For starters, it can give your windows the artistic appearance of actual stained glass windows at just a small fraction of the cost. It can also block some of the heat that would otherwise come into your home during the summer, helping you save money on your energy bill. In addition to that, it can protect your furniture and drapes from fading in color due to exposure to ultraviolet radiation. However, before you run out and buy some of this film, there are some important things that you need to consider. In this article, I will highlight some of the most important things that you should be thinking about prior to purchasing your very own stained glass window film.

How Much Stained Glass Window Film Will You Need?

Before you go to your local home improvement store or shop online to pick up some stained glass window film, you need to figure out how much of it you’re going to need. To figure this one out, you’re going to have to decide which windows in your house you are going to cover with the film. Then, you need to take measurements of your windows. At this point, you’ll have an idea as to how much you’ll need to buy. With a 24″ x 43″ sheet of stained glass window film going for just under $30, you can get an idea as to how much it will cost you to cover the windows in your house. Before you buy, you should always remember to buy more film than you think you’ll need, especially if this is your first time installing window film. This is because you may encounter some difficulties at first with air bubbles as you apply it to the windows. You should really practice on a scrap piece of wood until you have the technique right, before going to work on your windows.

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Static Cling Or Adhesive Backed? 

You need to decide whether to buy static cling stained glass window film or adhesive backed stained glass window film. You should almost always buy static cling window film instead of adhesive window film for a number of reasons. For one, static cling films are much easier to install. You can slide the film around until you get it into position on the window. With adhesive film, once you put it on the window, it’s there for good. You only have one chance to do it right. If you’ve never installed window film before, then you should definitely avoid adhesive film for this very reason. Adhesive film is extremely difficult to remove. In order to get it off of your windows, you have to soak it with ammonia for hours, and then spend more hours trying to scrape it off. Static cling films can simply be peeled off by hand. Not only that, but static cling film can be reused time after time. With adhesive film, you don’t have this option.

What Design Do You Want?

Stained glass window film comes in many different colors, with a wide array of available designs. The possibilities are virtually endless. You could go with a film that has numerous geometric patterns, floral patterns, patterns that depict marine life, or religious themes just to name a few. You need to shop around and decide on what design is best for you. If you have a custom design, then there are some suppliers out there who can produce it for you.

Floral Stained Glass Window Film From Home Depot

Where To Buy Your Film

You need to decide where you are going to buy your film. There are many, many places online where you can buy quality stained glass window film. Places like and have a wide selection of films from which to choose, and may even be able to produce some custom designs for you. You can also buy from online marketplaces like eBay or In addition to that, you can also check out the selection at your local home improvement store, where you may find some knowledgeable employees who might give you some helpful advice on what type of film to select and how to install it.

The amount of film that you’ll need, whether to buy adhesive film or static cling film, the design that you use, and where to buy the film are just a few of the important considerations that you need to take into account when buying decorative stained glass window film. If you take these items into consideration, then your experience will be a lot more positive.

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 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,,, and 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.