Understanding the Basics of Window Film

When you think about window treatments, the first thing that likely comes to mind are going to mini blinds, drapes, plantation shutters, and other window treatments of the sort. These are the standard form of window treatments, but they aren’t the only ones. One of the window treatments that we have seen become quite popular is a window film. Providing homes with both privacy and protection from the sun, window film is definitely a treatment that should be considered when shopping around for the perfect window treatment for your home. While this is a popular option, very few people really understand all that goes into window film, and mostly don’t understand how it works.

Our blog post today is dedicated to providing you with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we get from window film.

What is Window Film?

Window film, in the most straight forward of explanations, is made up of multiple, thin layers of polyester material. Even when stacked up on top of each other, the film is incredibly thin. Each layer of the film contributes something different to make it the incredible window treatment that it is; heat, UV, light, glare and privacy are all components of this incredible window treatment. While every window film will take the previously mentioned items into consideration, there are various types of window films that specialize in one of the areas to provide you with more protection from glare, or more privacy, that you can choose from.

What are the Benefits of Window Film?

The list of benefits that we have compiled for window films is so extensive that it created a blog post all of its own. For the most part, this particular window treatment will provide you with the same benefits as other window treatments, but with a few that are specific to the film itself. One of the main benefits that is subject to this particular window treatment is that it’s so thin, yet you still receive the benefits. If there are windows that you love the view they offer, and a window treatment to cover it up isn’t something that you’d like to have done, then you should definitely be considering window film. This tinted film will allow for you to see through and enjoy the view, while still minimizing glare, improving privacy, and giving you a little more control over the amount of light that’s coming in.

This is one of the main benefits that is specific to window films, but there are so many others that we will have to go into at another time.

Where is the Window Tint Applied To?

Window tint should always be applied to the interior of the windows. This allows for it to make the most of the film itself. If you specifically choose to have the film added to the exterior of the window, you should account for the various types of damage that could happen to the window. For example, wear and tear from the weather is one of the primary reasons that we suggest adding it to the interior. By doing so, you eliminate any issues with this particular hazard.

How Do You Clean Window Tints?

For the first week that you have window tints installed, avoid cleaning the windows as a whole. Allowing the window tints to settle before you go ahead and clean them will ensure that they are able to fully set and stick to the window better than they might have otherwise. After this week period of letting them sit, you can clean them with a window cleaner that is free of ammonia. This could take away from the film and make it difficult for the film to stick on the windows as well. If you do choose to clean them, make sure that you are using a soft material so as not to scratch the film. This is another main way that window films can be pulled up and have scratches in the film.

We know that we haven’t covered all of the questions that you may have, but these are some of the main ones. If you have any further questions regarding the process of adding films to your windows, what the expense of them will be, or how to prepare for the process, we can definitely provide you with those answers, and more, during your consultation.

Arjay’s Window Fashions has a wide selection of treatments for you to choose from, and window film is only one of them. We can provide you with plenty of other options that we can work with you on and provide you guidance for. Call our office and we can help you schedule an appointment for a consultation to go over the various options you have and schedule a time for installation.

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Finding the Right Treatments for Your Bathroom

windowfilm1The bathroom in your house is one of the most private spaces in your home, but when you’ve got windows that peep directly into this space, you definitely lose a bit of privacy. Rather than leave these windows open right into one of the most private rooms of your space, you can find a fantastic window treatment to use in this space and increase the privacy.

At Arjay’s Window Fashions in Ventura, we have a wide variety of window treatments that can provide you with privacy in your bathroom, but there are plenty of things that you need to consider before determining which one is going to be the best for your space. Here are a few of the ones that we suggest looking into and what types of considerations need to be made before committing to them.

Window Film

A window film is an easy way to add privacy to space without having to really add any noticeable treatment. Window films are known for adding texture or tint to any type of window. The great thing about this form of treatment is that you can still make use of the natural light coming in through the window, but without leaving it entirely easy to see into. Something that you may want to consider with this window treatment is whether or not you’d like to use any other treatments such as blinds or curtains in the space, or if this is going to provide enough privacy for you while in the bathroom.

Curtains

This particular form of window treatment is one that is pretty easy to incorporate throughout the home, but in bathrooms, it can be heavy and almost overly efficient. Bathrooms are usually small spaces, so when you use a heavy window treatment to block the small amount of natural light that there is, you’ll see just how dark space immediately becomes. If this is a treatment that you want to consider using, you need to consider the amount of light that you have in this space, the size of the window and the material of the curtains. All in all, the combination of these three things should provide you with a more private bathroom, but still with an open and welcoming space.

Blinds

Depending on the size of your window, and the amount of room in your bathroom, blinds are another option that you have in regards to window treatments. These are very conventional window treatments, but, as with curtains, you really have to be aware of closing the blinds before using the restroom in order to benefit from the full privacy that this window treatment offers. Depending on what the window that you’re trying to treat is open too, this might be entirely okay, but if there is a neighboring house right outside the window or if there is easy access to looking into the window, you may want to consider using window film so that you can still enjoy the bathroom without having to worry about whether or not the blinds or curtains are drawn before using the restroom.

Regardless of which window treatment you choose, Arjay’s Window Fashions is the place to take care of you. We have the high quality and beautiful window treatments that you’re looking for, so stop by our showroom today and get a glimpse at all that we have to offer.

Great Uses for Window Film in Your Home

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If you’ve ever seen window film in someone’s home, chances are you saw it in a bathroom window. This is a great use for window film! It helps add privacy to the bathroom without hanging heavy drapes that could become mildewy and moldy thanks to a higher amount of humidity in the room. Blinds are similarly difficult to keep clean in the bathroom. That’s why many people who have a window in their bathroom choose to use window film instead. That’s not all that window film is good for, though!

Block unsightly views.

Window film is a great way to not only block the view of someone looking into your home but also block your view looking out of your home. Maybe your bedroom window looks straight into your neighbors or your living room window has the lovely view of a dumpster. Whatever it is, if you don’t want to see it, you can use window film to block out the view without blocking out the light.

Reduce glare on electronics.

Window film is an awesome addition to windows in living rooms, entertainment rooms, and even offices. That’s because it can help block the glare that you experience on your electronics. If you have trouble watching your television during certain hours of the day, window film can help soften the light that’s coming in so you don’t have to squint anymore. It’s also great for those who work from home and encounter blinding sunlight on their computer monitors in the middle of the afternoon.

Increase privacy of a glass front door.

Glass front doors are beautiful, but they aren’t always convenient. Sometimes things happen behind your front door that you don’t necessarily need the whole neighborhood to know about. But covering up all of that natural light can leave your entry way dark. Window film can save the day! Simply put the window film over the glass and you’ll get all the light without the invasion of your privacy. We offer decorative window films so you can add a pattern or color to your glass, too, for an even more sophisticated look!

Have a window that’s in desperate need of window film? Talk to the experts at Arjay’s! We have a great selection of window film and can even help you turn a window into a projection screen for movie night. Give us a call and make a free appointment with our team to learn more!

 

How Do Window Films Make Your Home More Comfortable?

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Although we’d never want to live anywhere else, the weather in California can sometimes be a little overwhelming. While constant sunshine and warm temperatures sound awesome to those living elsewhere in the country, we’d be lying if we said that we didn’t sometimes long for a few clouds, cooler temps, and maybe, just maybe, a little bit of rain from time to time.

Living in a part of the world where warm weather is the standard can cause a strain on HVAC systems as well as the pocketbooks that have to keep them running almost 365 days a year.

Here at Arjay’s we take great pride in the fact that residents of Ventura come to us when looking for a way to have more control over the natural light and temperature in their homes. We offer a variety of options for increasing energy efficiency, including window films.

Keep reading to learn more about these high-tech window treatments and the benefits they can provide to your California home!

Are Window Films The Same As Window Tint?

Before we delve too far into the world of window films, let’s take a moment to clear up any potential misunderstanding about the difference between window films and window tints. Essentially, these two window coverings function the same and achieve similar results. The only difference is that window tinting is more commonly used in reference to automobiles, while window film is a term for homes and offices.

Types Of Window Film

  1. Decorative – This window film is very thin and is mainly designed to give windows a more upscale look while also reducing interior glare.
  2. Solar Control – This is the type of window film in which most Ventura homeowners are most interested. Also called “Low-E film,” this window covering makes it possible to filter out up to 99 percent of damaging ultraviolet rays, reducing the strain on your air conditioner as well as protecting furniture and rugs from their fading effects.
  3. Window Security – This window film can help protect you from accidents (baseball through the living room window, anyone?) as well as home invasions. When applied to a window, this film makes it nearly impossible to shatter the glass–shards remain firmly attached to the film.
  4. Storm Security – If you live in a coastal area that’s prone to storms, especially those that come along with high winds and the threat of flying debris, storm security film is a great way to add an extra layer of protection to your home.

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By now you probably have a better idea of how window films work–they either add texture and beauty to your windows, block or reflect sunlight, or enhance security by making the window harder to shatter. These functions can translate into big benefits for homeowners in Ventura:

Energy Conservation – In the past, we’ve had clients enjoy up to a 30 percent reduction in their cooling costs simply by installing energy-efficient window films in their home.

Fade Reduction – Are you tired of the bright California sun draining away the colors from your couch, carpet, and other fabric items in your home? With the addition of a window film, the sun’s damaging UV rays are filtered out before light enters your home.

Solar Control – Does the hot sun blast through a couple windows in your home all day along? Simply adding window film to these areas can eliminate the “hot spots” that make you want to avoid certain rooms.

Glare Control – Do you love working in your home office but find that you have to avoid it during certain hours of the day because of intense glare? With window films, you can say goodbye to the eyestrain and glare on your screen.

Crime Prevention & Safety – As mentioned previously, enhanced safety is a happy byproduct of all types of window films. By making it harder to break a window, and keeping shards in tact if it does break, window films are a great dual-benefit security upgrade.

Is Window Film for You? Part 2

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Managing your home or business’s solar gain can be a serious challenge. Not only does sunlight fade and rot carpet and furniture, it can have a big impact on your cooling costs. At Arjay’s, we have many different solutions for harmful solar gain. You can cover the windows with heavy drapes, install special screens, and beyond. One of our favorite solutions is window film. However, it is one of the lesser-known solutions, especially when it comes to residential windows.

In our last blog, we answered some common questions about window film in order to clarify what a phenomenal solution it can be. Today, we are finishing up with a few last questions!

Will Window Film Harm My Plants?

  • If you have a green thumb and you cultivate plants inside, we understand that you might worry they won’t get the sun they need when window film is installed. Go ahead and move the plants you’re worried about to an area with less sunlight. Leave them there for a few days and see what happens. You might be surprised. Many people find that window film creates the optimal environment for their plants by reducing UV light by just enough to keep the plants from getting burned. We have significant experience with plants and window film, and we would love to help you figure out what will work best.

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  • When the air temperatures go down, many homes benefit from solar gain. The sun that comes through windows is especially effective when it comes to heating up a room. Window film reduces the solar gain. Won’t that make your home cooler, requiring your heating system to work harder?
  • The key is to remember that heat travels both ways through glass. The sun may project warmth through windows, but windows are some of the worst heat sinks in a home, letting tons of heat out of the structure. We insulate walls and roofs, but windows are more difficult, because we want to see through them! Heavy, insular curtains can work, but they can also block the sun from working for you. Window film is the perfect halfway point. It keeps heat in while still allowing some sun through to heat the air. Basically, window film turns a single pane window into a double-pane window, and so forth.

Is the Film Permanent?

  • Nope! Window film can definitely be removed. However, we use chemical bonding to make sure it doesn’t start peeling off. This means that removal does take some effort. It is absolutely possible, though.

Does Film Peel, Crack, Discolor, or Bubble?

  • It never should. If it does, installation was done incorrectly or the film itself is faulty. Our films come with warranties, so in the very rare chance that your window film acts up, we will replace it for you.

Arjay’s is proud to offer world-class window coverings, including custom blinds, drapery, and window film. We are on a mission to provide solutions to fit every aesthetic and budget. Learn more about how we can help you!