A large glass window can offer a lot of value and aesthetic appeal to your home or office. They are a wonderful way to bring natural light indoors and often provide an element of design in any space, especially if it frames a great view like a garden or the stunning city line. If your home or office has large windows, though, it’s even more important to have them tinted for privacy and health reasons.
Here’s a brief overview of the great benefits of window tints:
- Reduced energy costs
- Protection from UV rays
- Improved heating and cooling
- Increased privacy
If you’re looking to avail of these benefits, you’ll need to install a high-quality window film. Installing window film on your own isn’t recommended, but you should still familiarize yourself with the steps if you have experts come to apply it for you. Here’s a step-by-step guide on what to expect in the process:
Step-by-Step Guide to Applying Window Film
1. Pre-cut the window film
Installing a window film is similar to installing wallpaper. The tint can be installed from side to side or top to bottom, although this may be hard for arched or round windows. Any uniquely shaped windows will have to be measured beforehand so it can be pre-cut and installed seamlessly. Allow a one-inch allowance on all sides to avoid errors.
2. Use film application solution to clean the glass window
Film application solutions can be purchased at hardware stores or from window tint suppliers. In a pinch, bottled water and tear-free baby shampoo can be used (though it isn’t always recommended). The solution will be sprayed directly on the glass and the dirt cleaned out with a squeegee. This process will be repeated until the glass is thoroughly cleaned.
3. Wet the window glass
The third step will involve spraying the solution to the glass once again. This time, it will function as the lubricant for the film. Your installer will ensure that all surfaces are wet with the solution before installing the film.
4. Install the window film
At this point, the adhesive liner from the back of the film will have to be removed. Experts are able to do this on their own, but amateurs should ask for help during this step to avoid creases. A small amount of solution may have to be sprayed on the exposed adhesive part of the film to break any static cling and make peeling off much easier. To prevent leaving fingerprints in the film, some people spray their hands with the solution as well.
Once peeled, more solution will go on the adhesive part of the film and the glass window until it is completely wet. Then, the film can be carefully lined up to the edge and positioned on the glass.
5. Spray the outside surface of the film
Once the film is secured in its position, the film will be wet again with the solution and a squeegee tool is used to press it firmly to the glass. There may be some bubbles, which will be pushed out by squeegeeing the film from top to bottom. Experienced installers use a slow and firm motion as to not displace or damage the film.
6. Trim the edges
The final step involves trimming any excess film. Installers carry around an Exacto knife or a sharp utility knife for this purpose. A one-and-a-half millimeter gap is often left on all sides so all the air and water can be pushed out of the film. The film will then be squeegeed dry from the center to the edges.
From reducing energy costs to giving you additional security and privacy, a tinted glass window can be a wonderful upgrade to your home or office. If you’re wondering how much glass tinting in Brisbane costs, reach out to us now, and we’ll give you a free quote!