Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 71
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by azdesertdweller Gila Titanium Heat Control Window Film
This window film has definitely made a difference at our house in Phoenix, AZ. Our goal was to lower our summer electricity bills this year. We accomplished our goal with a savings of $112 over July, August & September 2013. This Gila Titanium Heat Control Window Film has a mirrored reflective look on the outside, which provides additional privacy during the daytime hours when blinds or curtains are open. The application process is fairly easy, but you do need to have two people working on this project.
INSTRUCTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS: 1. First remove the blinds or curtain currently hanging in the window. 2. Measure the inside dimensions of your window. 3. Cut the film using window dimensions plus 1/2 inch. 4. Clean and dry the inside of window tmaking sure all debrie is gone. Use lint cloth from kit to remove all lint from window. 5. Spray the cut window film with the film solution on both sides. 6. Use scotch tape at the top corners to mark cellophane side. 7. Peel off the cellophane, and spray that side with solution. 8. Make sure to put that side directly onto the glass. 9. Take your squeegee and begin removing bubbles. Make sure you begin in the center and work your way out. This will help keep the film in place. 10. Remove the excess film with a box cutter for all areas but the corners. Use your Exacto Knife in the corners to avoid tearing the film. 11. Squeegee again to make sure all the air bubbles are gone. 12. Let film dry for a couple hours before putting back your blinds or curtains.
HELPFUL TIPS: 1. It's easier to complete the entire application process if you have two people working on it together. 2. Make sure to clean your windows extremely well prior to starting. All dust and lint must be removed, or it will remain under your window film. 3. Use a box cutter to trim all the excess film, except for the corners. 4. Purchase an Exacto Knife to trim excess film in tight places, such as corners. 5. Start using your squeegee from the middle of the window and work your way out to sides, top and bottom. 6. Make sure you saturate the window film on both sides with solution, after removing the cellophane. 7. Spray on additional solution to inside window film when using the squeegee. It helps smooth out the film better without scratching or tearing it.
October 9, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Cdidit Good product overall
Overall I am very satisfied so far like the other reviews recommended it is much better with two people and the clothes peg works to stop the curling. Ideally if you have 3' by 6' table top to cut on it would also make sizing go easier. I also used baby shampoo instead of the solution sold and it worked well. The affect was immediate heat was gone as soon as it was applied ...should have done sooner
July 3, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 1NHsage Saves energy, saves my sanity; I have to hide from UV radiation.
We love Gila UV film, and have been buying it at Home Depot for over 10 years; I have an extreme allergy to UV radiation, and Gila film allows me to see the outside, even though I can't go outside.
July 31, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CoachP So far, so good
I read all the reviews before buying. I wanted a way to cool down my house, especially the west facing bedroom windows. We have done about half of the windows in our house and it has made a difference. The bedrooms are now cooler in the afternoon than the east rooms! They do block out quite a bit of the light so be prepared for that, but I thought it was worth it in the AZ heat. You could see and feel the difference right away.
As other reviews have said, use plenty of application solution and watch the installation video before starting. The printed instructions and video instructions are slightly different.
We bought a complete application kit too. We really liked the yellow hard card but the rest of the stuff you can do without. You can make your own solution, we bought a nicer squeegee, and then snap off razor blade (replace after every window). We also just used nice paper towels instead of the lint free cloth.
No matter how hard we tried we did end up with some tiny bubbles. None are large or noticeable unless you are looking up close for them. I found it tricky to cut the corners too. Its definitely a two person job.
It is time consuming too. First you have to clean the windows real good, cut the film, apply the film, etc. We worked several hours each night after the kids were in bed. We did that for a week and we are almost halfway done with the house. Hard work but worth it! I can now nap in my bedroom again without dying of heat!
July 16, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by tom26764 Great!!!!!
I installed it in the garage window, to practice. Must watch video before install, it gives good advice. I did the whole house, including french doors to deck. I love having the blinds open during the day,with No glare on the TV. plus no one can see in from outside. AC runs a little less, but the house seems cooler, during the hottest part of the day.
Glad i did it.
July 31, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dena Well worth the time and money :)
We looked into this film for the heat shielding capabilities, living in Las Vegas its a definite need. We were "SOLD" on our choice and investment by the third window. We were astounded by the difference we could feel in the heat from scrubbing and cleaning the windows and then putting the film up. The temperature in the house dropped radically and we are thrilled as it will help keep the power bill down over the summer. We did 20+ windows over 3 days.
I will agree with everyone's suggestions of using plenty of fluid to put it up and when cleaning; scrub, scrub, razor blade, wipe down and scrub again.
But I completely disagree with the extra amount Gyla suggests you cut in prepping for installation. 1/2" total extra to the actual measurement of the window is more than enough, anything extra to that and its very difficult to have it stay down and trim accurately especially if you have oddly shaped windows. To aid in getting the film accurately sized I strongly suggest getting a "Wrights Cardboard Pattern Cutting Board - 36''x60'' (you can get this at a fabric/sewing store)". Its a $10.00 investmest that is well worth it for ease of measuring, cutting and keeping square.
May 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TomS Geat product.
I purchased the film strictly to reduce the amount of heat coming through the windows and skylights and my rating is based strictly on that performance. In one particular location, a skylight allowing the sun to shine directly on drywall, it was easy to measure the temperature difference before and after. Before installation, the drywall in the sunlight was 13 degrees warmer than the same wall 2 feet to the right where the sun was not shining. The next day, at the same time of day, the difference was only 1 degree. I certainly notice the the A/C runs less but I haven't yet received the next month's electric bill to see a $ difference.
Having said that, it reduces the amount of light coming in the house substantially, but that is the nature of heat blocking film. I consider that both a negative and positive at the same time. You HAVE to open the blinds to let enough light in but you GET to open the blinds and see out even when the sun is shining directly on the windows. I does create a mirror effect at night on the inside that prevents you from seeing out while interior lights are on but again, that is the nature of the film.
As far as installation, I had no problems but I've done it before and know what I'm doing. From other reviews it seems some people had problems. I didn't watch the video on the manufacturer's web site nor did I buy the installation kit so I can only guess that they are helpful. Here a few tips:
Scrape away any silicone squeeze-out at the edges of the glass. Clean the window and the area around it. There will be some static that will pull dust from around the window as you get the film near the window. Clean the window again. When you think it's clean, clean it again! Change your razor blade often. Spray the window with your solution (I use one quart of water with 2 drops of baby shampoo). Spray both sides of the film. The solution is your friend here - use it liberally. This tip is hard to explain but I'll try. When you grab your film to apply it, have your thumbs at the top corners but on the adhesive side even though that is not the side you want facing you. Then as you pick it up, roll your wrists inward so that the film curls around your wirsts. This will help keep the left and right sides of the film from touching the frame around the window before it hits the glass reducing the chances of picking up dust or dirt. After it's on the glass, it can be difficult to move so center it carefully and approach the glass slowly. Because of this, unlike the instructions, I prefer to have overlap to trim on all four sides and not try to work with a factory edge on one side of the window. If I do get a piece creased, folded adhesive side to adhesive side, or get trash between the film and window, I don't hesitate to pull it off and throw it away. I bought the 100' roll, tinted 18 windows, 4 skylights, one storm door, threw 3 pieces away and still had plenty of film left over.
May 14, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Filminstaller Great solar block, but has small manufacturing defects
The film does a great job of blocking solar heat from entering the house. The only complaint I have is the roll had small manufacturing defects (small creases about 2 inches long) occasionally in the roll (one about every 10 foot or so). We were very careful to not crease the film, and the roll didn’t get creased. Because of the defects, I didn’t not apply the film to the 3 large windows in the family room. If aesthetics are a big concern then buy a higher quality film, if almost perfect is good enough then this film does a great job of rejecting solar heat.
May 23, 2011