Windows are very important in designing a building or even a room remodel. Location, shape, size and usefulness of the window are important. Styling is another area where the architect’s skill comes into play to get just the perfect combination for the design. Even after all of this attention to detail is paid, the choice of glass and high tech materials adds additional considerations. More decisions are needed.
High tech windows cover many different disciplines from environmental, protection, greenness and temperature control to keeping Mother Nature at bay. One of the options available to the home owner or designer is high tech window film. No, we are not talking about the old, ordinary film that peeled off after a year or two, but long-lasting window film employing high technology.
Glare and UV Protection by Many Manufacturers
Traditional window film was made in different colors and provided some reduction in glare and small savings on heating and cooling costs. They only lasted a couple of years at the best and frequently peeled away from the glass, leaving an unsightly window.
Now, science has provided many different technologies, such as vapor deposition and nanotechnology. These allow films that can provide everything from protection from some types of skin cancer by blocking UV rays, to films that make it extremely difficult for burglars to break windows and enter your home.
If you can think of a need, or even a combination of needs, I would bet you can find a film to meet your specifications.
Hüper Optik is one manufacturer of high tech window coverings that has several patented manufacturing processes. Its nanoceramic process puts a thin layer of ceramic onto the film which provides many qualities depending on the thickness. When combined with their patented multilayer film process, you can get just about any specific quality you wish.
Sometimes all a building or room needs is protection from the heat of the sun. Many states like Arizona and Nevada have beautiful wide-open desert areas that provide a great climate for sun-worshipers.
The last thing you want to do is put the equivalent of a pair of sunglasses on the homes and darken up the view. What is the sense of that?
If you are overly sensitive to the harsh glare from the sun, you may need a heavier barrier from the sun’s rays. Reflection 35 from ASWF has a silver coating that reflects a lot of the heat and some of the light. Solutions to both glare and excessive heat are resolved.
Glare from grass lawns can be bothersome. Check out the room below with just one window treated with film.
Glare from Water is Damaging
Any time you have a home sitting on a lake or ocean, you always have large glass windows so you can enjoy the wonderful peace and tranquility offered by bodies of water. If you have a pool in your yard, you may also have a large expanse of glass to allow you to keep track of the young adults and even the older folks whom may get a bit rambunctious at times.
This great vision can easily turn into a curse when the sun is at just the right position in the sky. You will get a blast of direct sunlight and a reflected glare from the pool or water.
Look at what these homeowners have done to combat the devastating damage a double-dose of sunlight can do. Your eyes can even be strained or worse by long-term glare. At the minimum, you could get wrinkles around your eyes from squinting all the time.
The home pictured below is protected from the glare and damage of the water. You can see just how bright the glare is on the white wall. Look at the ripples!
Hot and Cold Energy Conservation
In the winter, the heat of the sun is cherished to warm the insides of your home. That same sun can make your indoor living in the summer a living… Well, you know the location where the climate is burning unbearably hot all the time.
For instance, Day Dream 35 made by ASWF solves the problem by reducing the 47% of the sun’s energy without compromising the incredible view. Inside temperatures are reduced significantly reducing the amount of air conditioning.
Other films can also help protect your home from excessive air conditioning costs, especially when combined with natural ventilation.
Versatility for Your Home
High tech window film is a great solution for both new and old construction. It also lends itself to odd-shaped windows.
Replacing glass that must be custom cut is expensive as is buying treated glass to replace your existing window panes.
Window film is the perfect solution for this sitting room. Pay attention to the triangle- and peak-shaped windows.
The homeowner below would have had to buy hundreds of custom-fit glass pieces if they were to replace just this room with energy-efficient glass. They used film instead.
You can also decorate with film for your windows. The home below has a myriad of windows covering just about every size and shape. Look closely at the decoration on the doors.
The home below is protected not only from the glare from the pool, but also protected from overzealous basketball players in the pool. The film protects the windows from sending shards of glass flying when the window is broken.
Privacy is another versatile feature available with high tech window film. One way film protects the bather while providing a relaxing view from the tub.
Now that you have seen some of the possibilities in using high tech window film, are you going to consider using to give your home an uplifting, comfortable view?