Dual Reflective Window Film is made of an extremely strong, durable ceramic material. Dual Reflective Window Film provides insulation against solar heat gain and heat loss. It reduces the absorption of ultra-violet rays. It’s so effective that some government buildings use them instead of curtains or blinds. Ceramic dual-reflective window film can be applied to all styles of windows.
Both the interior and exterior of your home and office windows need a little TLC to keep them looking great. Windows aren’t always as clean, polished and shiny as you would like. But, with a little elbow grease, they can be cleaned, polished and enhanced to improve their appearance and performance. Windows and glass are made up of a composite of gases called glazing materials. If one of these gases gets disturbed by sunlight, the results can be dramatic: windows can become very grainy and dirty looking, with streaks and specks of cloudy glass appearing.
Two important types of glass are described below: the U.V. included and uPVC coated. The lined and coated varieties come in a variety of colours, all named for different elements. The uPVC coated films are the easiest to apply, but still don’t have the full potential to reduce glare if properly installed. They are, however, superior to uPVC films when it comes to both general and specific purposes:
- One-Way Window Film for Heat Reduction: The most common application for dual-reflective window film in the US is heat reduction. Most buildings have windows that are almost completely enclosed. These are called ‘passive windows’ because the building ‘backs’ them up against the surrounding (blank) space, reducing external heat transfer. Much passive window film these days also has an opaque surface, semi-transparent one. This surface can reflect heat and reduce internal temperatures of a room, both of which lead to savings in operating costs. However, one-way window film can only reduce heat transfer from one side of a room to the other; it cannot reduce heat transfer in its entirety.
- Treating Glass With Dual Reflective Films: Many buildings also have windows that are treated with a special anti-reflective coating, so that the inside of the glass is not exposed to the harmful effects of dual-reflective films. Treating the surface of the glass with such films is known as “window tinting”. Some of the best examples of such treated glass include some of the windows in NASA’s space program space shuttles, which have received great criticism over the years as a result of their use of untreated glass. For these situations, some buildings opt for double-paned windows, with their two panes of glass, or even triple-paned windows, which contain four panes of glass.
Another popular application is to tint the outside of existing windows to make them more private. Such windows may be tinted to reduce the amount of visible light so that people inside the structure or building are not disturbed by light from neighbouring windows. Additionally, some buildings tint the outside of their windows to provide privacy from peeping Toms, who look out for houses and homes that do not have curtain walls. Even children’s play areas and outdoor play facilities may have privacy windows, which have a solid colour and are placed over a partition that is solid and also has a solid colour or pattern of their choice.
Both Passive and Dual Reflective Window Film comes in a wide range of colours. In addition to the standard black, they may also be purchased in blue, white, or frosted, allowing you to easily determine what shade will best compliment your particular room or building. For heat reduction, however, many experts recommend using Solar Heat Gain Coating. It is a reflective window film that is made of thin sheets of glass that reflect up to 75% of the sun’s heat and yet allow the sunshine through.
The installation of Double Reflective Window Film is a simple process and often done by an experienced glazier. The initial step is to apply a base coat, followed by a second coating if one is required. Most installers use a single-sided racking system that helps to keep any air gaps between slats while helping to maintain an even surface. Any double-sided reflective window film used to meet certain specifications. Those specifications usually involve a minimum thickness of 1.5 inches, minimal to no air spaces, and a high gloss appearance.