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Are Architectural Privacy Films Easy to Install?

September 20, 2018

If you search online, you’ll see any number of do-it-yourself window film kits available for purchase. Although they seem simple to use, they can be a bit misleading. Most of these kits are small in scale and designed for use by consumers in their homes. Applying architectural privacy films on the windows and interior glass of large buildings is a much different process, and it’s best handled by professionals.

Nonetheless, architectural privacy films can be installed easily and efficiently by accredited installers. They’re also cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing, with many advanced frosted window films having a positive impact on the overall design of the building itself. This makes them ideal for commercial buildings, retail outlets, public buildings, schools, and universities.

Are Some Films Easier to Install Than Others?

When choosing privacy window film for building projects, especially those that are for a commercial or public building, it’s important to select the highest-quality products on the market. Although discounted window films will have a similar effect, they may not be as durable or as easy to install. Poor quality can lead to blemishes and other impurities during installation.

Frosted privacy window films that are easy to install, like LINTEC of America’s VisionControlFilm, are designed to conform to rigorous installation standards, such as those set by the Glass and Glazing Federation. With the help of accredited installers, frosted films like VisionControlFilm can be applied to glass quickly, with virtually no issues relating to quality.

How Are Privacy Films Installed?

Architectural privacy films aren’t simply stuck to glass using a simple adhesive, although they do contain adhesives that make them durable and long-lasting. Instead, privacy films are applied to glass suing a technique called “floating.” In this process, both the glass and the adhesive are wetted with water. The film is then applied to the glass, positioned accordingly, and then set as the water is pushed out with a special tool.

When installed by professionals, this process significantly reduces the risk that there will creases in the film or that flecks of dirt or fibers will find their way into the application. Furthermore, it prevents the issue of poor fit or trimming because the film can be positioned correctly without risk of being stuck in place the moment they reach the glass.

How Can You Find a Reliable Installer?

Often, building owners partner with installers that they trust to take care of their window film installation projects, but manufacturers of window films often have their own network of accredited installers who are specially educated to handle and install their films. Ultimately, the choice will be up to stakeholders whether to use an accredited installer or a personal choice, but there are some benefits to using an installer that is accredited by the manufacturer.

Primarily, accredited installers are guaranteed to be familiar with the product and its application There will be no surprises during the installation process and there will be a lower risk of them making mistakes. Accredited installers may also work more efficiently, as there will be no need for them to familiarize themselves with the product and educate themselves on installation instructions.

Architectural privacy films are relatively easy to install and are a simple choice when making decisions about your building design and the needs of your building’s occupants. If you have more questions about how privacy films like VisionControlFilm are installed, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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