Why You Should Avoid Do-It-Yourself Window Film April 18, 2016 As summer is now somewhat insight, just a couple of months away, you may be thinking about getting your home ready for those hot months. Even though we only have a couple of months out of the year that can pose some significant heat factors to us here in Toronto, it can be intense. If your home has a lot of south or west facing windows, it’s a great asset during the winter because that helps to keep your home a bit warmer. However, during the summer it can be intense. You may have gotten into the habit of keeping the shutters, blinds, or other window treatments closed during the hottest part of the day, but when you’re home you want to enjoy the feeling of being outdoors or connected with the outdoors. Having the window treatments closed doesn’t allow you to do that. It also keeps your home darker and feeling more drab. There are window films that can be applied to the interior portion of the glass that are designed to cut down on the sun’s ultraviolet radiation that penetrates into your home. That allows you to enjoy the full benefit of the sunlight without the added heat it brings in. It can also help you protect furniture and carpeting from fading. Most of these aftermarket window films would be applied by the homeowner or somebody they hired to do so. It’s a tricky skill to develop to apply the window film properly without creating lines, bubbles, or edges that fold up. If you want to have windows that will keep your home cooler during summer and warmer during the winter, you should consider replacing your existing outdated windows with ones that have low-E film coating on them, which is done during manufacturing. You wouldn’t even know the window has any type of film coating on it.