The summer life here in Chicago is grand!  They say summertime living is easy but while that may be true for you, for birds this time of year sees a marked increase in collisions with windows  Why? Because more hours of daylight means more time for the daytime sky to reflect on your window and confuse birds. You see, birds are unable to tell the difference between a window and the real world.  To them, reflections of the sky–are they sky. When this confusion occurs they accidentally fly into windows and their injuries are usually fatal. In fact, 2 billion birds per year die from accidentally hitting windows.  Which begs the question–what can you, as a Chicago homeowner, do help keep local birds safe and your windows free of damage? The answer is as simple as bird strike prevention window film and it is something we here at Window Film Chicago both encourage and specialize in.

What Is Bird Strike Prevention Film?

Birdstrike prevention film is also known as fretted films.  These types of films have a tiny recurring pattern embedded directly into them.  The pattern is both horizontal and vertical dots or lines. These dots or lines are spaced for maximum impact:  no more than two inches apart and vertical lines no more than four inches. These are patterns scientifically proven to make the windows visible to birds.  Byt doing so these films stop collisions from occurring. But guess what? While these films save the lives of countless birds–there are a lot of benefits from fretted films for humans too!

Benefits Of Birdstrike Prevention Film For Your Chicago Home

While fretted films save birds from a horrible and gruesome death–they also benefit humans/homeowners.

  1. Fretted films stop window damage:  When a bird flies into a window on your home–the windows get damaged too.  At the very least a mess but often the window will crack. Therefore birdstrike prevention film will save you the time, money and/or hassle from window repair/replacement.
  2. Fretted films are customizable:  As mentioned, bird strike prevention films are often patterned with dots and lines.  However, you can also have a stunning custom pattern created to enhance the look of your windows.
  3. Fretted films have many other window film benefits:  You probably agree that saving entire species of birds is a great reason to get fretted window film. But bird strike window film also provides many of the same benefits of regular window film too: energy savings, increased security, and reduced fading of home furnishings for your Chicago home notwithstanding.

For more information on bird strike window film and to give our feathered friends a break, contact us at Window Film Chicago today!


Mike Kinsey

Mike Kinsey has more than a decade of experience installing window film in the Chicago area. His years of experience have allowed him to develop a deep familiarity with all of the different types and styles of window film on the market including the various security, privacy, decorative, and energy efficient options. Together, he and his team have completed hundreds of commercial and residential installs, totaling an accumulation of over 250,000 square feet. In addition to being an expert on top brands such as LLumar, C-Bond, HDClear, Solar Gard, Solyx, and Huper Optik, Mike is also certified by 3M, EnerLogic, and AIA for continuing education.