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 WindowFilmWorld.com and WallpaperForWindows.com 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 Amazon.com. 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.

Common Problems That Users Encounter With Stained Glass Window Film


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.

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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.

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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.


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.


Frosted Window Film



One thing that tends to irritate homeowners the most is when nosy neighbors try to peer in through their windows to see what is happening inside their home. There is no need for this kind of behavior, but at the same time, there is nothing you can do to control their behavior. However, you can prevent this from happening to you by installing frosted window film. Frosted window film is available in a variety of shades that allow visible light to pass through into your home while keeping neighbors from being able to see inside. In addition to this, there are a number of other benefits that come with using frosted window film. In this article, I will explore some of these benefits, discuss why I like frosted window film as an alternative to blinds and drapes, and discuss a few important considerations that need to be taken into account prior to buying frosted window film.


Need Privacy? Frosted Window Film Might Be The Answer

Frosted window film allows light to come through the windows from outside, but not in the other direction. That way, you get an adequate amount of light in your home during the day, while keeping people on the outside from seeing inside. For this reason, frosted window film is often referred to as privacy frosted window film. If you didn’t have frosted window film, you would have to buy a set of blinds, which while giving you privacy during the day, would also darken your room, which in turn, can create a rather depressing mood. Frosted privacy window film comes in a variety of shades, from a small tint to a very opaque look. Decorative frosted window film comes in a variety of colors, like the stained glass window films that can add some color to your room when the sun shines through it.

Benefits Of Frosted Window Film Insulation
Frosted window film can help provide protection against ultraviolet radiation, protecting interior items like furniture, books, flooring, drapes, and other items from fading and other deterioration that normally results from prolonged exposure to sunlight. In addition to blocking out up to 95% of ultraviolet radiation, frosted window film can also block out infrared energy during the summertime, helping to keep your home cool and your energy bills down.  Frosted window film can also help to keep your home warm during the winter by trapping heat inside instead of letting it pass out through the windows.

Frosted Window Film For Privacy

Easy To Install

Frosted window film is very easy to install, very seldom requiring professional installation. It is also very easy to remove in the event that it needs to be replaced. Part of the reason for this is the fact that most films don’t use an adhesive to help bind it to the window. Many frosted window films are among the static cling films that attach to windows by way of static electricity. Frosted window film is readily available, as it can be purchased at your local hardware store and at major home improvement chains like Lowe’s and Home Depot. It can be very economical at three or four dollars per foot. In addition to being quite economical for use in your home, there are tax incentives and rebates that may be available, depending on the type of frosted window film that you buy. This, coupled with the energy savings that would result, would more than pay for the cost of the frosted window film, as well as for the time spent while installing it.

Now that you are aware of some of the biggest advantages that come with using frosted window film in your home, you can decide whether this may be a suitable purchase for you.

Why I Prefer Frosted Glass Window Film To Drapes And Blinds

Adequate Indoor Privacy While Still Getting Plenty Of Light

One key advantage that static cling frosted window film has over drapes and blinds is that it can allow plenty of light to come into your home during the day, while still giving you the indoor privacy that you need. To get the same level of privacy with drapes or blinds, you would have to keep them closed, which would cut off any visible light that you might get from the outdoors, making for a very dark room. One thing that I really like about frosted window film is that it comes in varying degrees of frost, by which you can control the amount of light that comes through the windows. To get the same level of control with drapes or blinds, you would have to continuously adjust them, which can be rather inconvenient.

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Frosted Window Film Is Safer Than Drapes Or Blinds

If you have young children like I do, then you may want to steer clear of drapes and blinds. Young children can get entangled in drapes or blinds, and that could cause injury or death in some cases. When using frosted window film, you get the same benefits as you would with drapes or blinds, without having to deal with this serious safety issue.


Frosted Window Film Can Give You Better Insulation

If you’re looking for a way to save money on your energy bills, then residential frosted window film may be the way to go versus drapes or blinds. Many of these frosted window films that are on the market are made with heat rejection and/or heat retention capabilities that keep outdoor heat from coming inside during the summer and indoor heat from going outside during the winter, helping to keep your home at a comfortable temperature throughout the year, while reducing the strain on your heat pump and air conditioning unit. I use this type of film on my windows, and I have seen my energy bills decrease since I installed it. You don’t get this effect from drapes or blinds.

Decorate Your Home With Frosted Window Film

When it comes to beautifying your home, you have a lot more design flexibility with frosted window film than you would with drapes or blinds. You can get decorative frosted window film in a wide variety of colors with an infinite number of designs printed on it. Some of the most popular designs include etched leaf patterns, floral patterns, and geometric designs. While there are some customization options with blinds and drapes, there are nowhere near as many as with the film.

Frosted Window Film With A Bamboo Shoot Pattern

Key Considerations When Buying Frosted Window Film

After reviewing some of the many advantages of using frosted window film, and the benefits that they have versus alternatives like blinds and drapes, you may have decided to get some of your own window film. However, before you rush out and buy some, there are some considerations that you should be taking into account. Here, I will discuss a few of the important things that you should be thinking about prior to your purchase to help insure that you don’t regret your purchase later on.


What Do You Want The Film For?

While the main reason why people buy window film is enhanced privacy, there are other benefits that frosted window film can offer. You may want the film to decorate your windows, improve the insulation of your home, or improve the shatter resistance of your windows. Before you buy any window film, you need to decide which benefits are the most important to you and look for a film that will give you those benefits. Remember that no two window films are the same. Each film is designed to give you a specific set of benefits, so you need to make sure that the film that you buy can give you the benefits that you desire. Otherwise, you could end up very disappointed.

Just How Much Frost Do You Want?

As I mentioned earlier in this article, you can get frosted window film in varying degrees of frost. This will determine how much light comes in through your windows during the day, so you need to give this one some serious thought. You need to strike a balance between your desire for privacy and your desire for a brighter room. The more frost you get, the better your privacy will be, but the darker your room will be. The less frost you get, the less privacy you will have, but the lighter your room will be. If you’re having some difficulty in making a decision on this matter, you should talk it over with a dealer or someone else who has expertise in this area. Suppliers may be able to give you some samples that you can try out in order to help you decide how much frost is right for you.

Do You Want To Decorate Or Not?

As I mentioned earlier, frosted window film is a very popular option when it comes to decorating windows. If you decide that you would like your film to decorate as well as give you privacy, then you need to decide on what color is important to you, and what designs you would like to have on your film. The possibilities are virtually endless, and specialty window film retailers have a wide variety of options from which to choose.

More Decorative Frosted Window Film

Now that you’ve read this article, you should have a better feel for the many benefits that frosted window film can offer, its advantages over alternatives like blinds and drapes, and some of the things that you need to consider before buying some of your very own. If you do decide to buy some frosted window film, you are now better equipped to make an educated decision.