What is window film?
Window film is an adhesive layer that can be applied to your glass windows. Window tint is used to:
- Increase energy efficiency
- Strengthen security
- Protect residents or tenants in the event of a heavy storm or acute impact
- Improve comfort as a result of better temperature control and reduced glare
- Reduce UV exposure and protect your skin, furnishings, and floors
- Add stylistic and decorative touches
- Enhance privacy
How does a transparent window film do all that?
The answer lies in the science of reflection and transmittance of light. Energy travels from the sun to the earth and through our windows at different wavelengths. Solar radiation can be broken down into 3 types of light based on these wavelengths:
- Visible light
- Infrared light
- Ultraviolet light
Visible light refers to the light we can see. In many cases, our clients want to preserve visible light to maintain the aesthetic appearance of the glass. They don’t want their glass to appear tinted as a result of window film application. But some clients don’t mind the tint because it provides better results.
Window film products are designed to allow varying levels of visible light transmission (VLT). The higher the VLT of the window film you select, the more visible light is transmitted through the window. And the more optically clear the window film will be.
Infrared light comprises over half of the total energy from the sun. Infrared light is not visible to the human eye but is part of the solar radiation that we feel as heat. Window films are designed to block transmittance of infrared light in order to provide optimal heat rejection. It also helps to maintain comfortable interior temperatures without the cost.
The smallest fraction of the sun’s light travels to the earth in the form of ultraviolet light. UV light has been identified as a leading cause of skin cancer. Sun exposure is the primary cause of floors and furniture fading. Because of the damaging effects of UV light, 3M has engineered window films that block up to 99.9% of UV light. This happens without any change to the visual appearance of your window.
A window film solution for every client
The great thing about the window film products on the market today is that there is an option to address every desired outcome and application. Whether your primary concern is security, style, or moderating indoor temperature, there is a product for you. No matter your window tinting needs, you can rest assured knowing that the film is working 24 hours a day.
Doyle Window Tinting is the Delaware Valley’s largest 3M window film dealer. We are proud to provide our clients in the residential, commercial and government markets with products that meet their needs and exceed their expectations. To learn more about window film or to schedule an appointment for a free estimate, give us a call today or get in touch on our contact page.