How to Install Window Film-DIY

April 23, 2019

Installing window film yourself, should you do it?

How to install window film

If you’re struggling to keep your sunny rooms cooler or more private, you may have considered having window film installed. When it comes to window film, there are professional companies like Solar Art that do installations everyday, or there are kits you can buy at the store and do it yourself. While the kits might seem easy, take it from the window film experts: while its not impossible, installing good-looking window film is anything but easy. Let’s cover some of the pros and cons of DIY window film installations!

Pros of installing window film yourself

More cost effective 

DIY window film is no doubt less expensive than hiring a professional team. Professional companies often have shop minimums and if your project is small or out of sight, installing window film yourself might not require the delicate touch of experts, and the cost that comes along with it.

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Quicker installation time

Home window film kits also allow you 100% flexibility over when you install them. Solar Art takes great pride in accommodating our customers and making the installation as convenient as possible for them. With that being said, we are only open for certain hours a day, where you might be at work or not available. In addition to that, professional companies like Solar Art will come out and do a field site to take exact measurements of your windows and show you different film samples so you can pick exactly what you're looking for before we go out and do the installation. DIY window kits obviously don't do that, so If you suddenly need to cover up a window and don’t have time for pros to come out and measure the space then DIY film kits might be a good solution.

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Cons of installing window film yourself

More window film options with a professional company

Like we just mentioned, a window film company like Solar Art offers something home kits just can’t: many different options for film technology, tints, textures, and shades. A company caters to the customers needs, whereas a DIY kit company doesn't. From decorative window film to reflective window film to custom graphics, a window film company is way ahead of any home kit and you are going to get many more options to choose from. If you are looking for something basic and aren't interested in different options, then DIY kits could be a good fit. However, if you want to see all that's out there when it comes to window film, then a professional company is definitely the way to go.

Better quality with professionals 

If you go with a professional window film company, you’ll also have access to cutting edge window film technology and higher quality films. We service a huge range of customers, from homeowners to high-profile businesses. This raises the film quality for everyone. We work with many different manufacturers, all of which sell high end window film. Our installers are all professionally trained on how to do various types of installations and are well knowledgeable on the different window films and how to install them properly so your glass doesn't get damaged.

Guaranteed window film warranty

You’ll also get peace of mind if you have your window film professionally installed because the film will have a guaranteed warranty backed up by the manufacturers. Window film manufacturers will stake their name on providing you with a good service that lives up to its promises for years. You don’t get that with home window film kits, as those companies are happy to just sell their product and move on.

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Eliminates risk of scratching glass

Finally, removing window film can come with some expensive risks: the scraper tools can easily scratch your glass, which will need to be replaced. This is a risk even for professionals, depending on your glass’s nature, but we’re prepared for it. Our installers are professionally trained on how to properly use the tools to not scratch your glass. Home installers are generally totally unaware of the potential to do serious damage, and if those films aren't removed right, the project can get expensive really quickly.  

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You can probably tell that we take this topic pretty seriously. Windows should be beautiful and functional. While you can install film yourself, the pros don’t outweigh the cons in our opinion. Talk to the professional, experienced team at Solar Art today about making your rooms more comfortable and private!

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