Low E film

These are my thoughts and experience with Low-E film.
I have installed 2 different brands and am aware of another 2.
In my own home, we installed film on just some panes in a Ranch Slider, with the rest either left clear, or with standard window film applied.
My observation is that very often, we get condensation on the panes with Low-E film only. This is a concern, as traditionally, window film does not like excessive condensation. Over time, the film's scratch resistant coating deteriorates and becomes almost obscure.
The second thing with condensation on the film is a big loss in performance of the Low-E coating. In effect, at the time you want the performance of the Low-E most, the film reduces only a small amount of heat retention. Remember, the main benefit this film type is marketed for, is to keep your house warm.
Given the huge price this film commands, is it worth it? I would just fit standard solar control film to block UV and keep the house cooler in summer. This addresses the other 2 benefits Low-E film is promoted for. Essentially, you can get much better performance at a much lower cost.

We have also experienced significant installation problems, which may only show over time.
An example is here:


I think the concept of Low-E film is great, and it does work, unless condensation is present. Would I recommend it? Not at the moment. The cost must come down, the installation has to be easier and the condensation issue has to sorted.

We are in the business of applying tints, not taking them off!

This was a comment made to a customer by a competitor! This chap expected the lady to remove the old film from her lounge windows. Another competitor was going to charge her at an hourly rate, similar to a lawyer's fee, for 3 hours labour taking the film off. (I stripped the film and re-tinted it in 2.5 hours).

What a bunch of cowboys in our industry. No wonder our business is doing so well! 


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Sleepout needed privacy

What a beautiful country we live in!
I had a little job to do in Pauanui and the drive down Coromandel was just so nice... not a cloud in the sky.... clear skies without any pollution...

The sleepout is in a very open place and needed some privacy. The film that was chosen is NS15 and works a treat.

Although, in reality, the reflection is far less than it appears here.




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Frosted film to tidy up things...


The balustrade showed the bottom of the deck and made this house look untidy.

After using Avery Etch, the deck was presented in a much better light, without being obvious.

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One Way Vision Film

We often get asked about one-way vision. We are talking about internal glass, such as an office looking out into a shop. Sometimes it simply can't work, if the light is too strong on the observer side (where you want to see from) and too dim on the other side.
In this instance, it works really well, because the shop is very bright, the office a little dimmer.
The film is reflective towards the shop and grey at the back, reducing the reflection in the office.
Sometimes, the addition of white or frosted stripes at the front, confuses the eye and makes it harder to see into the back, thus improving the results. I have also seen the use of perforated film to work well.
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