Product: Gila Titanium Heat Control Window Film HRT361
along with: Gila Complete Window Film Application Kit
Best Place to buy: Home Depot or Amazon
Home Depot: 36 in. x 180 in. Titanium Heat Control Window Film, Light Gray Transparent
Home Depot: 36 in x 1200 in. Titanium Heat Control Window Film, Light Gray Transparent
Home Depot: 48 in. x 180 in. Titanium Heat Control Window Film, Light Gray Transparent
Home Depot: 48 in. x 1200 in. Titanium Heat Control Window Film, Light Gray Transparent
Home Depot: Complete Window Film Application Kit, Various
Specifications: sizes( 36 in. x 180 in., 36 in. x 1200 in., 48 in. x 180 in., 48 in. x 1200 in.,), reflects 72% of heat
Pros: Easy to install, fairly inexpensive, block 72% of radiant heat.
Cons: Reduces visible light, has a gray/silver tint.
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Gila Titanium Heat Control Window Film HRT361 Product Overview
HRT361 is one Gila window films that you can add to any window to reduce the radiant energy transfer i.e. it reflects heat (infrared) no matter whether it is come from the inside or outside. HRT361 is said to “Reject upto 72% of Suns Heat” and block 97% of UV rays. It comes in a roll of either 36 in. x 180 in. (15 feet) or 36 in. x 1200 in. (100 feet) or 48 in. x 180 in or 48 in. 1200 in. For the typical DIY it is probably better to buy the 15 feet roll even if you end up needing to by several because it is easier to handle and you are probably not going to do all the windows at once.
Installation of the HRT361 window film
The basic idea is you cut a section to fit a pane on the window; remove the protective film from the reflective film; spray both the film and the glass with the application spray and apply; then workout the fluid with a squeegee.
My experience Installing Gila window film.
- Before you begin you should was the windows a couple of times until they are clean on both the inside an outside. While the outside is not needed for the application of the film it helps you see if there is any dirt on the inside. In my case the windows were so dirt that the dirt seem to be fused to the glass. I washed them with Windex three or four times and could still see dirt but nothing was come off so I used some Scrubbing Bubble which go the dirt off but then I had to clean them again with Windex. You should also get a window scrapper to get any paint off.
- You are going to want the follow:
- A table or a flat surface to layout and cut the film on. Ideally it should be 36 in or more wide and a maybe 6 inches long than he window pane is high.
- You are going want a tape measure, squeegee, scissors, a marker, straight edge (yard stick is good), scotch tape and of course the Gila film and Application kit.
- Next you measure the glass area of you window. They suggest adding a inch top to bottom and left to right.
- Then you want to roll out a section of film, measure it and with the straight edge as a guide market with you marker.
- Now you can cut it with your scissors. In my case is had partitioned windows so I measured out 29 inches cut that section then marked 14 inches in from both sides and cut that. I did this so I would have factory edges on both the left and right pieces.
- Next you are going need to remove the protective film from the reflective film. To do this take a piece of scotch tape put it on top side of the film, then pull gently and he to films should separate.
- Now spay the Application Solution from the Application Kit on the film and window. Then take the film over to the window and set in place. It will cling to the window. Work out in large bubbles by hand then spay the application solution on it and use the squeegee to set it in place.
- Now get the trimming tool from the kit and trim the excess film away.
- Finally use the edging tool which I think they refer to as a squeegee and wrap it with the lint free cloth and work out any remaining fluid.
And that is it.
Here is a video of me installing it on my old window.
The Gila Heat Control window film is easy to install and had a noticeable effect blocking the heat coming in the window. It does have a silver/gray tint to it so you may not want it on all your windows. It is like having sun glass on your windows. At around $30 for 15 feet ,about 3 windows, plus about $9 for that application kit which I think would be good for a several of the 15 foot rolls, it is not too expensive. It is certainly cheaper than new windows or Low E storm windows. If you have really old windows you will probably want to get new windows at some point but this could help you save some money in the meantime. Most information I have read have indicate a payback in 2 to 3 year compared to 25 to 30 for new windows.
Let me know what you think