Having window film professionally installed in your home or business offers numerous benefits including energy savings, safety and security protection, and even health benefits. With all of the different types of films available, we recognize buying window film isn’t typically an impulsive purchase. And it shouldn’t be.
Before you consider having window film installed in your home or business, you should ask a professional installer the following five questions:
1. How long does window film last?
While it depends on several factors including: film type, glass type, climate, and geographical location of the building, most residential applications are covered by a lifetime warranty as long as you own your home. Most commercial installations come with either a 10 or 15 year warranty. And some specialty films have different terms, so make sure you ask.
2. Which type of window film is right for my home or office?
There are many types of solar control and safety and security window films with a wide variety of shades, colors, and performance characteristics. Plus, quality window films are designed for use on specific types of window glass. Consult with a professional window film dealer to help you select the best film for your home or commercial property. A dealer can show you swatches of each film, and talk to you about the performance benefits that best meet your expectations.
3. What type of energy savings can I expect?
It’s proven that professional installation of solar control films reduce the amount of solar heat that enters your home or commercial property. And while that can result in lowering heating and cooling costs, determining the exact amount of savings can be difficult. However, typical payback in energy savings is 2-5 years, sometimes less. A dealer can help you analyze your particular situation and determine potential savings.
4. Are there any tax benefits to having window film installed?
Saving cooling and heating costs aren’t the only benefits for your home or office. Many electric utility companies offer rebate dollars for customers who install window film. So do your homework to find out if your utility company participates in any type of incentive program. And for commercial buildings, window film installation may also help you attain LEED credits and potential certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a highly-recognized green building certification program. Learn more at www.usgbc.org/certification.
5. How do I find a reputable dealer?
Don’t just choose the first dealer you find in your area. Do some research to ensure you have found the best professional window film installer who carries quality products backed by reputable window film manufacturers. Ask other homeowners or small business owners you trust, and go online to check out social media and review websites. While you want to compare customer service and cost, it’s also important to know that a quality installation means the films will look better and are more likely to perform to the specifications during the life of the warranty, or even longer, than films that are improperly installed.
It’s important to get all of your questions answered so you can consider all of your options before making a final decision.