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How to Stop Bird Collisions In Your Dallas Home

September 24, 2020 in Aggrigate, Bird Safety

Bird collisions often happen all the time on highrise buildings. But, they also occur on homes here in the Dallas area and across the US too. That’s right, depending on where you live here in Dallas, you as a homeowner may have experienced birds flying into your home windows. If this has happened to you, you likely know how gruesome it is too. It almost always kills the avian involved and sometimes damages home windows too. Happily, there are ways to lessen or avoid these sad run-ins all together–the most effective of which is bird deterrent window film.

Ways to Make Windows Visible to Birds

Making windows visible to birds is the way to keep them from flying into glass. This is because the birds cannot distinguish the reflection of the sky in a window from the sky itself. Below are a few ways to do this and make your windows avian safe.

Use Paint or Soap: Paint the outside of your Dallas window with soap or “tempera” paint. Make the pattern a tight one– 4 inches by 2 inches and have some fun–be creative and paint a fun, bright pattern.  

Use Decals: Stickers, sun catchers, masking tape, and even sticky notes put on the surface of glass will be somewhat effective. They need to be spaced close together–so the spaces between the decals are too narrow for birds to try to fly through.

Put up “Zen” Curtains:  Also called, Acopian Bird Savers, these are basically closely spaced ropes that hang down over windows. They do the same things as decals, make the window visible but are more attractive and easier to install. 

Install Screens:  Mosquito screens that go over your windows are very effective when placed on the outside of windows. 

Install Netting:  By covering your Dallas home’s glass with netting (hung about 3 inches from the glass, you essentially set up the crash net for birds to bounce off of. This is a strategy that takes a lot of time and effort to get correct.

So which one of these methods is the best?

None of them. While these DIY solutions to home bird strike prevention are somewhat effective–all of them have their pitfalls. Besides being incredibly time consuming and likely expensive–all of them drastically affect the look of your window. For the very best bird strike prevention for your Dallas home’s windows bird deterrent window film is the only answer.  

Bird Deterrent Window Film is:

  • Nearly invisible to the human eye
  • The most effective at stopping bird/window collisions
  • Cost-effective and installed in one day

If your primary concern is stopping birds from flying into your Dallas home’s windows and not altering the appearance of your windows–bird deterrent window film is the solution you are looking for. 

Contact us at Window Film Dallas today for more information on these amazing bird-saving films!

How to Keep Birds Away from Windows

August 7, 2020 in Bird Safety

As the global population continues to grow, so does the number of buildings that pose a threat to wildlife. Bird glass collisions are one of the devastating consequences of urban expansion, and cause millions of birds to die in the U.S. each year. These accidents occur when birds unknowingly fly into reflective windows and glass doors that they mistake as their natural habitat. And while it’s true that humans need buildings to work and live in, it’s hard to ignore the fact that we’re entirely to blame for so many unnatural deaths.

If you’re concerned about the increasing number of bird strikes happening in Dallas or are simply looking for a solution to keep birds away from windows, then this article is for you. Below, we’ll discuss bird safety film, a collision-preventative measure recommend by the American Bird Conservancy. Continue reading »

Why Window Film is Better Than Low-E Glass For Dallas Homes

July 21, 2020 in Aggrigate, Energy Efficient Window Tint

Summers are getting hot lately and people are starting to realize that their air conditioning is not powerful enough to keep their Dallas homes cool.  This is because the real source of heat into homes during the summer is their windows. They are where solar heat comes in at an alarming rate and heats up the air you are paying to cool.  There are two common solutions to this: window tinting or window replacement with Low-E glass.  You may be wondering which one is better for your home.  The answer is likely window film–find out why below.

Window Film Costs Less Than Low-E Glass

Based on RSMeans data, removing dual-pane windows and replacing them with dual-pane Low-E glass will cost you about $40 and $55 per square foot.  Compared to Low-E and spectrally selective window tinting which averages about $9-$30–the choice is pretty clear.  

Window Film is Easier to Install

 New windows are very labor-intensive to install and take a long time to install. Existing windows first need to be removed and oftentimes custom windows need to be created for irregular sizes.  On the other hand, window film only takes about a day to install on almost any size Dallas home.

Window Tinting Offers Added Benefits

Low-E windows and glass work well to cut down on solar heat gain and glare–but that is about it.  Window tinting works fantastically to lower solar heat gain and keep your home cooler but also comes with many other benefits.  It cuts down on glare, blocks UV rays, gives your home a bit more privacy, and turns any window into safety glass!

So, although Low-E windows may be marginally more effective on battling solar heat gain–they are not usually the best choice for most homeowners who want to reduce heating bills and have a quick ROI.

For more information on Low-E and spectrally selective window film, contact us at Window Film Dallas today!

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