How to Reduce Glare With Window Film

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If your bedroom, dining room, or living room windows are subjected to the glare of the sun, you can eliminate or substantially reduce the glare by installing window film. Most home improvement store sell heat reducing films, privacy films, and glare reduction films. Once you've measured your windows and know how much glare repelling film you need, installation is fairly easy with a helping hand to assist you.

Things You'll Need

  • Glare reducing film
  • Window cleaner
  • Cloths
  • Straight edge or yard stick
  • Film installation solution
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Squeegee
  • Utility knife
  • Fiber cloth
  • Helper
  • Clean the window thoroughly inside and out. Use window cleaner and a clean cloth to remove all dirt and debris from the window's interior and exterior side. This will allow you to easily identify dirt or bubbles on the inside when adhering the glare reducing film.

  • Remove or pull away any window treatments. Then unroll the glare reduction film on a flat surface. Use a marker and straight edge or yard stick to draw lines on the film, leaving an extra inch on each side.

  • Liberally wet the inside of the window pane with the solution provided in the film application kit. Wet both sides of the window film. Have your helper peel the glare reducing adhesive from the backing while you hold it up, wetting the adhesive with the solution as it is peeled.

  • Align the film to the window and press it against the pane starting at the top center of the glare reducing film. Use your hands to smooth the film onto the pane going from the center outward from top to bottom. Then squeegee from the top center to the right or left side, going downward. Then repeat on the opposite side to remove all bubbles and push out moisture.

  • Cut the excess film, leaving a 1/16-inch gap around all four sides of the window to accommodate heat expansion during the summer months. Let tiny water particles evaporate from the sun's heat while the glare reduction film cures to the pane.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you see a bubble form or spot particles between the pane and film, simply apply more solution to the film and peel back to fix. You have 24 hours to fix any problems before the adhesive completely bonds to the pane.

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References

  • "The Homeowner's Handbook to Energy Efficiency"; John Krigger and Chris Dorsi ; 2008
  • "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Building and Remodeling"; Bill Queen, Lori Hall Steele, John Barrows; 2009
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