Choosing the right solar and security film for both your automobile and/or building are confusing because in the market, there are many types of solar and security films available and there are too many installers trying to maximize the profit by not providing the accurate information.
Here are some tips for choosing the right solar and security film
Step 1 – Budget
The countries that produce the solar and security films include China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, India, Indonesia, USA, and few countries from Europe.
The solar and security films produce by the manufacturers in USA normally are priced higher as compare to other but the quality is also more superior as compare to others.
So, for better quality and long lasting solar and security film, always insist on the film that produces by the manufacturers in USA.
Step 2 – Product Specification
Examples of product specifications include: Visible Light Transmission, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, Total Solar Energy Rejection, and Glare Reduction
The higher the Visible Light Transmission, the higher the clarity, for example, clear security film with the Visible Light Transmission of 89%, will allow 89% of the Visible Light to be transmitted via the glass installed with the Solar and Security film
The lower the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, the lesser solar heat it transmits. If cooling is a significant concern and no shading is available, select windows with a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of less than 0.40
The higher the Total Solar Energy Rejection, the less that the solar heat is transmitted. In comparison, the glass installed with the higher Total Solar Energy Rejection will be cooler as compare to the glass installed with the lower Total Solar Energy Rejection film.
Note: IR Rejection is not the good indicator of the Solar Energy Rejection. Some of the cheap solar and security film in the market with the very high IR rejection actually produces the very poor Total Solar Energy Rejection, so, next time when you choose the film, always insists on Total Solar Energy Rejection.
Glare Control is a simple matter of reducing the transmission of visible light. This is exactly what you are doing when you put on a pair of sunglasses. Installing Glare Reducing Window Film is like putting sunglasses on your windows. The darker the film you select, the more light it will block and the more glare it will reduce.
When choosing a film for glare control, consider the darkest film you are comfortable with. It is a common misconception that some darker films "ruin the view". In fact, the opposite is often true. By way of example: Have you ever driven your car on a sunny day wearing a pair of dark sunglasses to cut down on the glare? Did you know that most good sunglasses "such as Ray Bans" actually block as much as 95% of the visible light? Even with that much light being blocked, you can safely drive a car at highway speed. Are the dark glasses "ruining your view"? Of course not. In reality, they are enhancing your view because they are blocking the excessive visible light (the glare) which can cause you to squint, making it harder to focus on well lit objects.
Step 3 - Determine what solutions you want window film to provide. Do you need to reduce fading and glare? Do you need to save energy, or look at a less expensive option than glass replacement? Be candid about your expectations, so the company you choose can exceed them.
Step 4 – Do some research about the brand that your installer is trying to market.
Use social media as a resource, while you research products online. What can you find out about the product or company in the blogosphere? A great deal, both positive and negative, but this is all part of determining the best window film choice for you.
Some Solar and Security film companies created their own house brand but to ensure that you got what you paid for, always asked the installer to provide you with the name of the manufacturer or the brand of the film and remember also to ask for the web site for you to do some research before making the final decision.
Remember: Some of the Solar and Security film companies claim that their films are from USA but not able to provide you with the web site are more likely not telling you the truth.
Step 5 – Ask for sample and warranty information
Ask each installer to bring and install samples on windows that get direct sun, and note how willing the representative is to go into detail regarding the film. You want a company that will consult with you on the right film for your energy goals, not focus on just the sales transaction.
Step 6 – Ask for reference
Whether you are considering window film for your home or business, before you select a company, ask for commercial or residential references. Reputable companies are happy to do this.