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Architectural window films are such a magnificent addition to your homes interior. They have an anesthetic appeal inside, reduce glare and enhance ambiance.


As a homeowner, you probably have window treatments, carpets/flooring and home furnishings inside that have been damaged by the suns rays. Damage that is not done over night, but over time you notice the fading and discoloration. Once this happens, the only options you have are to replace or repair the damaged items and/or have a window film applied to your windows. The latter will prevent further damage to newly replaced or existing belongings.

Architectural window films are such a magnificent addition to your homes interior. They have an anesthetic appeal inside, reduce glare and enhance ambiance. John Chewning, owner of Solar Film, located in Irvington and Richmond, emphasizes that “Window film actually does enhance your view, particularly if your home is on the water. It helps to reduce the glare from the water and does not distort your view in the least.” Depending on the type of film, it can even prevent passersby from seeing right into your home. Decorative window films improve privacy, can obscure a poor view and are often times called wallpaper for windows because they can be purchased with numerous designs or effects. Security films are a fantastic implement for homes with large amounts of glass and sliding glass doors if located in a hurricane zone or something similar. Because it is applied to the outside of the glass (in most cases) and because of the thickness of the film, it will aid in preventing hazardous glass shards if the glass happens to break or suffer from heavy impact. This security film is also very advantageous for commercial glass and store front windows since they are made to maintain the integrity of the glass due to heavy impact or storm damage.


One of the top reasons for having a professional install your window tinting is definitely the energy savings. In the summertime the film reflects the sun which in turn keeps the majority of the heat from entering inside through the glass. In the wintertime, the film serves as a type of added insulation and holds in the heat so that it is not lost through the windows. Both are sure to show a drop in your energy bill. Properly installed window film will filter 95-99% of the suns harmful UV rays as well. This in turn will protect your furnishings, carpets, hardwood floors, window treatments, art/pictures, bedding, etc. Chewning likes to tell his clients to “Consider Solar Film the equivalent of putting SPF 600 on your home’s glass.”


If you have been considering window film application, it is important to seek the advice of a professional. There are various options such as domestic solar window film, window tints, privacy film and tints, adhesive-free window film, glass film, conservatory window film, solar window blinds, some types that are removable and reusable, and so on. Also, if you are a business owner, window film could be a huge advantage in your commercial space, especially if you have very large windows that bake your store in the summer time. A professional will be able to assess your needs and point you in the right direction. Certain types of glass require certain types of films. There are many factors to consider: thickness of the glass, absorptance of the glass, insulated glass, laminated or glazed glass, construction of the window itself. All of these are factors lead to the type of film that is appropriate for your needs.


Window film can be a great supplement to your home when temperatures rise and the wind blows. They not only block harmful UV rays, properly installed films will prevent solar heat from entering your home and warm air from leaving your home, resulting in an up to 30% energy savings for you, the homeowner. Window film also helps prevent flying glass shards from impact or storms by keeping your broken panes of glass together. A notable investment, the proper window film will protect your home furnishings from premature fading and discoloration and save you money to boot. As John Chewning says “Window film is not just for the affluent anymore, it is for homeowners that want to protect their investment also.”

By Melissa Shearwood