By Joel Scanlon
At the Window Film Industry’s annual conference conducted in Louisville, Kentucky, members of the International Window Film Association (IWFA) informed that demand for window films as a cost-efficient energy conserving solution is very high and deploying them to increase the window life has become an emerging trend.
At the event, producers and suppliers of window films displayed their latest window films with different energy, ultraviolet control and safety features. In all cases, these films started working immediately after their installation. The manufacturer warranty of most of the window film products varies between 5 and 20 years.
Window films used in vehicles are engineered to give protection to occupants against adverse ultraviolet rays, guard the vehicle’s interior against fading and keep it cooler. The IWFA website simplifies the search for a qualified dealer for automotive or architectural window film by just keying in a zip code. It also allows downloading of a free consumer information booklet, and provides insights into window films for energy conservation and extension of window life without modifying its architectural integrity.
According to IWFA’s Executive Director, Darrell Smith, consumers showed interest on window films when they came to know that professional window film installation on their windows can help them save seven folds the installation cost of a new window on an average. Since the modern window films have the National Fenestration Rating Council rating and akin to low-E glass, it is not cost effective to replace structurally sound windows. Even single pane windows in fine condition are leading candidates for improvement and provide a greener substitute when compared to throwing them away.