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Window Film: DIY & Professional Installation

June 24, 2014 | 2 comments

While do-it-yourself (DIY) window film might be a good option for residential applications if a homeowner is particularly handy and patient, it’s best to let the pros install window film on commercial buildings.

Before they’re certified to install window film on a commercial building, installers typically participate in education and training to learn how to properly prepare for and apply commercial window film. A proper, long-lasting window film installation also requires special tools.

Here are just a few of the problems that may occur if you attempt your own commercial window film installation project:

  • You may not see the energy-saving benefits you hoped for. High-performance, low-e window film reduces glare, saves energy use year-round, and protects assets inside your building. But if window film isn’t professionally installed, you may not experience those expected reductions in solar heat gain, energy use, and glare.
  • Window film can be difficult to work with. It’s hard to avoid creases, crinkles, and bubbles when you don’t have the correct tools, proper training and practice, and high-performance window film materials. And if you don’t get it right the first time, it’s tricky to remove and re-apply.
  • You may void your warranty if you install window film yourself. For example, Vista EnerLogic window film’s warranty applies only if the window film is installed by a certified professional.
  • You could damage your windows. Not all types of window film can be installed on any window or glass type. Once installed, incompatible film is difficult to remove and can lead to cracks in window glass or other problems.

It may seem tempting to try window film installation yourself on a commercial building, but it can actually cost more in the long run to bring a professional installer onsite to redo incorrect preparation and application work.

If you’re looking for a certified window film installer, contact a Vista representative for help getting your project started.

Have you ever attempted a commercial building project or repair yourself, and then realized it required additional skills or training?


  1. steve
    July 2, 2014

    Who can ship me a 1′X 3′ sheet of 70% film? We are doing a small project and this will be very helpful.

  2. Vista
    July 10, 2014

    Hi Steve: If you need to order film, you can contact our customer service department at 314-674-1000 or 800-255-8627. Our business hours are 8 am to 5 pm CST.

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