3 Halloweendow Film Ideas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… well, if you like ghosts, goblins, pumpkins, autumn leaves, trick or treat, and candy it is. Okay, maybe it’s the second most wonderful time of the year, nothing is quite like that winter holiday season that we won’t mention here. Although, in recent years All- Hallows-Eve has given the a fore mentioned winter holiday season a run for its money, in terms of what people will do to decorate for it. So, if you like being creative and you’re looking for a way to spice things up at the home or office this year here are three ways window film can be used to add to your Halloween decor:

1. Mirror/Window Ghost and Goblin Cut-outs
With careful planning and some delicate cutting, our White Frost Privacy Film can be turned into a spooky ghosts or a scary goblin; and with this adhesive free version you can easily remove it once Halloween is over and reuse it next year.

Boo!

Boo!

2. Colored Window Film Silhouettes
Much like with the Ghost Cut-outs, a Witch’s or a Jake-o-Lantern’s silhouette can be made out of our Black Out Privacy Film . This too takes some careful cutting, but once you’re finished it can look really cool. Especially, if you layer it with a colored film like in the picture below, be it orange or a menacing purple, either way it is sure to please.

Layered window film creation!

Layered window film creation!

3. Frosted Light Show
Have a black light? How about a strobe light? Or even just a colored light bulb? By placing our Clear Frost Privacy Film over your window and one of these lights behind it, you’ll create a foggy, mysterious backdrop that will have passers-by questioning what’s coming from beyond that window.

OOhh Spooky

OOhh Spooky

There are countless more possibilities, this is just a starting point to give you some basic ideas. We know how creative you can be, (we have many more pictures to prove it) so please, if this is something you’re interested in take it and run with it. Just remember, anything you come up with we’d love to see, so please send us a picture!

No One Ever Is To Blame

Let the finger pointing begin.

Let the finger pointing begin.

In today’s world when something goes wrong or a product fails the blame has to fall somewhere; and generally speaking that finger of shame ends up being pointed in various directions. Is it the manufacture’s fault? Or is it the consumers? How about aftermarket products used on or with the original piece? The fault can be passed around this circle of responsibility like a hot potato, and if one of the companies who manufactures the goods or services doesn’t step up, then it will be the consumer left holding the bag. This is one of the reasons why customers are hesitant to buy products they aren’t fully educated on or that they feel a company doesn’t fully stand behind with a strong warranty. Earning the reputation, fair or not, as a manufacturer/service provider that passes the buck can be the kiss of death in the long run. So, what does this have to do with window film?

A few years back, Insulating glass (IG) manufacturers (AKA: double pane window makers) began to blame window film installations as the main reason for seal failure and thermal stress fractures on their windows. Claiming that, after installing window film onto the inside glass heat would build up there causing the pane to expand too much, possibly resulting in the failures listed above. Some IG makers even went as far as to void their initial warranty once window film was added. However, window film manufactures would rebuttal that as long as the right film was chosen for the right glass, in combination with a properly constructed IG window, thermal cracks and broken seals would not occur. The film producers also went on to add that according to information collected by the IWFA (International Window Film Association), premature failure and/or thermal cracks are, in most cases, caused by poor initial quality design, poor fabrication, or a bad frame. The debate still rages today.

So who’s to blame in all of this? Who’s telling the truth? As with most questions of responsibility, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. To the IG community’s point, if the wrong window film is put on double pane windows, or is not installed correctly, then it can contribute to cracks or seal failure. That’s why it is so important for window film dealers and sellers to inform and educate consumers on what films are appropriate for what windows. Speaking only for Window Film and More, we provide that information on our website with every film that we sell, (click here: White Frost Privacy and look at the Restrictions tab under the Features section) and you are always free to call with questions, we will be happy to help. To the window film manufacture’s point, the IG community has to accept that according to the numbers, 1 out of every 100 double pane windows produced has a broken seal. Couple that with the sporadic poor fabrication that occurs in every manufacturing plant, and it’s also quite possible that the window film has nothing to do with a window’s failure.

So how does this get resolved so that customers are not left with a broken window and no support. I believe that instead of pointing fingers and bickering, window film manufactures and IG makers need to work together and try to find a common ground. It is the responsibility of those who provide these goods to try and fully understand how these products work in tandem with each other so that when something does go wrong they can figure out what the true cause is and try to improve upon it for the future. And, in cases where the fault can’t be determined, might I suggest a shared cost responsibility between the two companies involved. Both sides also must stand behind their products and carry the burden of fault when it’s warranted. Not attempt to prematurely void warranties or pass the buck back and forth. In the end, the customer and a company’s integrity is all that matters.

Can Window Film Help Protect My Hardwood Floors?

Window film can help slow the fading of hardwood floors by rejecting harmful solar energy.

Window film can help slow the fading of hardwood floors by rejecting harmful solar energy.

Today, hardwood floors are a very popular choice for kitchens, dining rooms, and/or bedrooms. Not only do they allow you to experiment with different rugs and decorations; they also are easier to clean and to keep maintained. (You don’t have to worry about spilling wine on it like you would have to a light carpet) Sure, they cost a little more up front, but they last longer and really never go out of style. (Shag carpet, anyone?) However, one major concern with hardwood floors is the rapid fading that can occur when exposed to large quantities of sunlight, and since most of us also like a lot of windows in our homes, this is a common problem. The result is a worn look that is only fixable by striping and re-staining the wood.

Hardwood floors protected by Neutral 35% Solar Film.

Hardwood floors protected by Neutral 35% Solar Film.

 

Here’s where window film can help slow the process of fading down, and allow for your floors to hold on to their rich color longer. Depending on what kind of protection you are looking for, there are three types of window film that can effect fading in your home:

 

 

 

Clear UV Blocking Film – Like the name suggests, this film blocks 99% of UV rays that can be harmful to your home. It has no effect on visibility and if it’s installed correctly you won’t even know it’s there. However, UV rays are only part of what causes the fading from sunlight and to get a higher level of protection you’ll need a film that rejects heat too.
Fading Protection Quality: Medium

Solar Window Film (Neutral 35%) – This is our most popular solar film, offering a heat rejection of roughly 50% and providing UV protection of up to 99%. It neutralizes sunlight fading by attacking these two elements of solar energy, preventing much of it from ever getting through the window. It, does this without an outward, mirrored appearance and only a slightly tinted appearance on the inside. This film will also save you money on energy costs throughout the year.
Fading Protection Quality: High

One Way Mirror Film – If a tinted look on the inside doesn’t bother you, and a mirrored appearance on the outside doesn’t either, then there is no better film at reducing fading than our One-Way Mirror window film. With a UV rejection of 99%, and a total solar energy rejection of around 80%, it’s no surprise this film delivers in protecting the finish of your hard wood floors. Like the solar film above, this film will also impact your energy costs during the year, saving you big bucks in the long run.
Fading Protection Quality: Maximum

As you can see, there are many different options when it comes to attacking fading in your home with window film. Unfortunately, there is no 100% way to stop fading from occurring at all, over time, but you can slow it down and keep the new finish look longer. It’s ultimately up to you as to what level of protection you want and how you want your windows to look in the process.

Privacy Without Sacrificing Light

High VLT

Light comes streaming through the glass, even with a high privacy film installed on the pane.

One of the most common questions asked about privacy film is; “Can I get a privacy window film that keeps eyes out, but still allows a lot of light in?”. The simple answer to this question is yes. The idea of visual privacy and light translucency are not mutually exclusive. There are films that will provide a high level of concealment, while still allowing large quantities of light to filter through. The key lies in the Visual Light Transparency of the window film. Each film has a transparency rating that conveys how much visible light is let in on a percentage scale: 100% being all visible light and 0% being no light whatsoever. It’s important to remember that there is an over abundance of visible light to the human eye, roughly as high as 60% too much sunlight on a clear day. This is why so many of us wear sunglasses or are forced to squint while we drive in the middle of the day.
Ok, so what films can provide you with a solid privacy, all while keeping things bright in your home? The following are some of our best at being brightest…(No pun intended):

Clear Frost Privacy Window Film - This classic, frosted look offers a high protection from prying eyes, whether you’re changing, showering, or just walking around. All of this while allowing about 40% of visible light through.

White Gossamer Frost – This film blends a white hue with a gossamer pattern and delivers a high level of privacy, while permitting nearly 55% of visible light in through your glass.

Strike Lines – This window film uses a clear frost base to conceal what’s behind it and abstract lines to naturally draw the eye away from what’s beyond it. It also provides a visible light transparency of just about 50%.

These are not the only options for those looking to add privacy to their windows without sacrificing light, there are others very capable of this job as well, and they can be found here: Privacy Window Films.
Just be sure to check the VLT, (Variable Light Transmittance) under the features section of the webpage, for each film you look at. Anything higher than 30% should still allow for a lot of light through, while still providing the privacy you desire.

Privacy For A Storefront

Privacy for a Storefront Window

A clear view as to what is going on inside.

Usually, privacy for a store front is exactly what a company is trying to avoid. After all, the best way to make sales is to advertise your products or services through whatever outlets are available, whether you’re a small corner store or a booming corporate giant. But, what happens if you’re making some changes? As in, remodeling or rebuilding. Do you want the general public to see inside your space while construction is going on? Perhaps, you want to have a big unveiling when the project is done, and don’t want the significant changes you’ve made to be revealed until they’re finished. Maybe, you’re doing some of the work yourself and have expensive tools or materials lying around. Whatever the reason, it’s a good idea to conceal the fabrication that’s going on until the project is completed. This is where a nice privacy film can be a perfect complement for your undertaking.

Consider this; purchasing a few rolls of an adhesive-free, privacy film will provide your shop windows with the concealment you need during the construction process, while maintaining the flexibility to be reused in other applications down the line. Flexibility, is exactly why we recommend an adhesive -free privacy film for this type of project. An adhesive-less window film, such as the White Frost Privacy , uses friction to bond to the glass of your window pane. This makes for an easier, cleaner removal process and allows for that same window film to be used again without loss in its attaching properties. For instance, let’s say that you purchase 2 rolls of our White Frost Privacy window film, (adhesive-free, of course) and after using them to hide the modifications you are doing to your shop, you realize they would make for a perfect back drop for a white Christmas sale scene. Well, you can do that. You may edit them, cut them, and reapply them however you want, even after a prior use. In fact, there are a few examples on our website, facebook, and pinterest pages of how individuals have creatively used or reused window film for seasonal, abstract, and everyday decorations.

So, before making renovations, or while putting the finishing touches on your new building, think adhesive-free ,privacy window film, not just as a concealment provider during construction, but also as an investment for future uses.

How Window Film Can Help Sea Turtles

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The right window film can help a sea turtle reach adulthood.

It goes without saying, humans have a massive impact on nature, sometimes without realizing it. Simple things that we often take for granted can have a major effect on animals and the environment. Take Sea Turtles for example, out of the 80-120 eggs that each sea turtle lays at a time only about 1 out of every 1,000 hatched will survive to reach adulthood. Of course, natural predators, dehydration, and water currents play a huge part in whether or not a newborn sea turtle makes it long term, but man also has a hand in it as well. When baby sea turtles mistakenly eat trash on the beach or in the water, it usually proves fatal. Add to that the disruption of their nests from beach umbrellas, chairs, and (once again) trash, some may not even see the outside of the nest once they hatch. However, perhaps the easiest to over look and conversely the most interesting, is the man made light factor.

Imagine a desolate and empty beach with a nest of sea turtle eggs ready to bust loose. After hatching and getting out of the nest, the first thing the new born turtles look for is the light of the moon. The moon is each young turtle’s guide to the ocean and hopefully the beginning of his/her new life. Now picture a built up beach with hotels, houses, buildings, and lamp posts. I bet you never realized, (I know I didn’t) but the artificial lighting of these structures acts as a misdirection to the infant turtles misleading them away from the beach and ultimately giving them no chance at survival. In the big picture, this inadvertently cuts down the turtle population even more, and begins to threaten certain species of sea turtles with overall extinction.

What can be done? We’re obviously not going to stop beach front development, but I feel safe in assuming that you’d agree with me in hating to see these ancient creatures die off over such a simple reason. Here’s where there is an opportunity for window film to help out. As more and more beaches begin to require greater restrictions on lights near ocean fronts, the installation of window film to windows, doors, light glass, and lamp posts becomes a way to help minimize the brightness. On the inside of buildings the light won’t be affected at all, it simply will be dimmed going through the film to the outside, really a no lose and simple solution to the problem. Sure there are other options: lower emitting light bulbs, tinted glass, and/or timers for street lights, but each is either more of a hassle, more expensive overall, or changes the quality of the light. Window film is as simple as set it once and forget it.

Some Georgia beaches are already ahead of the curve requiring window film to be installed on all doors and windows in buildings with a direct line of sight to the ocean, where sea turtles lay their eggs. In the future it is probable that more and more beaches will follow suit. If you live near a coast and want to do your part to help these little creatures, take a look here:  Heat Control Film.

Why Window Film Works in the Summer and the Winter

In this day and age, with energy costs only going up in the home, it is so important to conserve the fuels we do use, so as not to waste money. There are a number of ways to do this: Installing energy-efficient windows, keeping the air conditioning at modest levels, turning off lights/electronics when no one is using them, and keeping the heat at modest levels. But, there is a quicker and easier way to enhance your home’s energy conservation skills; window film.

You’ve probably heard the rumblings about how the right window film can help lower your cooling costs in the summer time; and when you think about it it makes perfect sense. Most window films block 99% of UV radiation and solar window films can reject as high as 75% of all solar energy. The result is naturally cooler rooms that require less conditioning to keep them that way. These Heat Control Films do a great job of reflecting and absorbing unwanted solar radiation during the summers most intense months.

That’s all well and good, but how can these same films help with heating costs in the winter? Wouldn’t’ t they actually keep the rooms cooler, resulting in more energy to be used to properly heat them? This is a logical question, and one that on the surface makes sense; however dig deeper and you will find a surprising result. Convection and Conduction play a big part in the transfer of heat between the inside warmer air and the outside cold air. When the wind blows and hits the outside of your window, colder air settles in. The inside warm air is then pulled through the glass to try to balance things out. By adding window film to your windows, it’s like adding a layer of insulation to them. In fact , some window film has a similar insulation rating to that of certain types of actual fiberglass insulation that you can find at Home Depot or Lowe’s. The film makes it harder for heat to escape allowing your room to maintain its temperature longer.

window film lowers heating costs, window film lowers cooling costs

Conserve energy in both the summer and winter months with window film.

Simply put, window film helps to keep the warm air out in the summer time and helps to keep the warm air in in the winter time.

Sleeping With Sunlight

Are you sleeping in the Sunlight?

Personally, nothing is better than coming home from work in the late afternoon and taking a nap on my bed while the remaining sunlight streams over my face. I’m sure there are many of you who would agree with me, that a daytime nap is one of life’s simple pleasures. But, what about those of us who work the 3rd shift or who didn’t sleep at all the night before? That same sunlight can then become the enemy, an ever-present nuisance that keeps us from getting the rest we so desperately need. True, there are a few methods for blocking the light out of your sleep environment; for instance, blinds, heavy drapes, and eye masks have been around for centuries , but each has their own fatal flaw and often don’t completely work. Blinds general don’t block all the sunlight, drapes posses slits where light slips through and you may have to constantly adjust, and masks are uncomfortable. You could always get some shut-eye in your basement..although then you would have to leave the comfort of your bed, and that’s not ideal.

What about window film? It’s inexpensive, easy to install, and removable. Best of all, it goes directly on the window and covers every inch so that no light can get in. That is, if you choose the right film. And what film might that be? The name says it all, Black Out Privacy Film. This option blocks out 100% of incoming, visible light, and vision in through the window; creating a dark and private room perfect for sleeping, even in broad daylight. No uncomfortable masks to wear, no half measures with blinds or drapes, just darkness. Black Out’s assistance in helping you sleep doesn’t end there, either. If you’re like me then one of the main factors in feeling comfortable enough to drift off is the ability to remain cool. Nothing is worse than trying to sleep when you’re overheated. This film also, rejects close to 99% of UV rays and a whopping 85% of all solar energy! This will help to keep the room cool no matter how hot it is outside, and lower your cooling costs in the process. Tell me your drapes can do that?

Adding Privacy: Nosey Neighbors Edition

Nosey Neighbors

Is someone peeking in your windows?

Nosey Neighbors? You know the type. Whether, you’re in your bathrobe or dressed to the nines, you catch them ogling at you through your windows. Seriously, what’s with some people today? I suppose it’s an after effect of all the reality TV and voyeur–esque social media that runs rampant in today’s society. But, what happened to common courtesy and self- awareness? Granted, half the time it may be children peering in through your windows while you are at home, especially during the summer months, and to be fair, some of them may not know any better. Yet, this can still be a startling and unwelcome site, particularly if you are in somewhat of a private moment. (Using the bathroom or changing in your bedroom comes to mind) However, you don’t want to get into a war of hurt feelings and vindictive behavior with your neighbors by saying something to them about this issue, you do have to live next to them for the foreseeable future, after all. So, what do you do? Here’s where window film can help.

It’s true that drapes, curtains, and blinds (aptly named) can all help to obscure the view from the outside looking in, but they also block out a high percentage of natural light. Plus, they always have to be shut or closed all the way in order to offer you a full privacy. Try this instead: Take a look at the privacy window films that offer a high level of concealment, while still allowing a lot of natural light in. Something like a Clear Frost or White Frost Privacy Film. Then, once you have settled on a film that you like, make sure to choose the “Adhesive-Free” version. This will give you the flexibility to remove the film and to re-use it whenever and wherever you want. If you only want it up during the spring and summer, when traffic outside is at its highest, you can do that. (And you can put the same film back on your window again next year!) If you want it to stay up for a few years in your bathroom, well, it can do that too. Maybe, you’ll decide after installing it that it would work better on another window, move it! There really are many possibilities with the pro-cling application of window film.

Now, with a privacy film installed on your window those prying eyes will not find their mark. Your private moments will remain private, and you can feel comfortable in the knowledge that whether you’re changing or bathing, you are totally concealed. All this, without having to break the bank, with easy installation, and with the flexibility to change it in the future.

An Invisbile Foe

You’ve probably never heard the name Bill McElligott, but you may have seen his face. That’s because Mr. McElligott’s photo has popped up all over the internet, and on TV news programs recently, as an example of what the suns rays can do to your skin. A truck driver for 28 years, McElligott, like many U.S. drivers, thought he was protecting himself when

"Bill McElligott"

Bill Mcelligott’s sun damaged skin after being exposed to UVA radiation for 28 years while driving his truck.

operating his vehicle by wearing his seat belt, driving cautiously, and staying off his phone. However, there was something else going on, something unseen affecting McElligott.

On nicer days the sun would shine through the driver’s side window, while being shaded by the cab on the front windshield and passenger’s side. Doesn’t seem like a cause for alarm on the surface, but as they say, the proof is in the pudding. McElligott remembers once noticing his left arm being slightly darker than his right, but thinking that it was nothing more than coincidental. It may have been the first small sign, though until now, would any one of us thought differently? Years later, according to The Guardian, his grandkids began to ask him about the “bumps” on his face. As you can see from the photograph, those “bumps” appear to be the beginning of what became a startling example of UV skin damage. But, perhaps most surprising of all is that it occurred only on the left side of his face.

So, how did this happen? It turns out, that it wasn’t just about the sunlight you can see. There are two types of UV radiation, UVA and UVB. UVB is the kind you’ve heard the most about, the kind that can burn your skin and is at its strongest when the sun is burning at its brightest. Most basic glass can protect you from the majority of UVB rays. UVA on the other hand, is present no matter what the weather or what time of year it is. This type of radiation is responsible for skin aging, damage, and risk of cancer. Worst of all, most basic glass does NOT protect against UVA rays. While, McElligott’s shaded cab protected his right side and some of his face from direct light, he was totally exposed to these rays by the left side window, for 28 years.

Ok, what can we do to prevent this? There is a simple solution that more and more people are becoming aware of, including trucking companies and individuals who drive for a living. It’s called UV Blocking Window Film. Think of it like the screen protectors that are put on so many smart phones and tablets. It’s a clear film, you can install yourself with minimal difficulty, and once it sets it is virtually invisible. Best of all, it blocks 99% OF BOTH UV rays and is relatively inexpensive! It can be used in the home, as well, or any glass that risks exposure to UV radiation. By using sunscreen on a regular basis (meaning 365 days a year) you can also protect yourself.

There’s some good news for Bill McElligott, too. Thanks to the modern marvels of plastic surgery, his doctor has suggested a resurfacing laser procedure which would correct facial wrinkles and scars by removing the damaged skin. This is something that Mr. McElligott plans to do in the future. Hopefully, by investing in some window film or sunscreen you won’t have to.