A significant part of our commercial business, and some of our residential business too, comes from installing films to stop birds from colliding with windows. You may not realize it but bird strikes on windows on highrises here in Austin and around the world are a problem. In fact, more than 1 billion birds die each year from these gruesome run-ins. There are a number of solutions to stop it but one of the most effective and affordable–is window film.
Solutions to Stopping Birds From Flying Into Windows
As bird strikes on highrise and homes become more and more of an issue worldwide, more solutions have come into play to solve them. These include:
- Marking the outside of windows with soap or tempera paint
- Putting sun catchers, mylar strips, masking tape or sticky notes on windows
- Hanging “zen” curtains/Acopian Bird Savers
- Installing mosquito screens over windows
- Covering exterior glass with netting
Each of these methods works on a smaller level–and are mostly geared toward homes. However, none of them are effective on the scale needed for commercial properties with thousands of feet of glass needing a bird strike solution. Furthermore, experimenting with them is really a waste of money when a proven solution, bird deterrent window film, is available and affordable.
What is Bird Deterrent Film?
These types of window films are also called “fretted” What this means is they are clear films with tiny dots in a grid-like pattern embedded on them. This pattern of dots is evident to birds but not as visible to humans from a distance. The bird perceives the pattern as an obstacle because it breaks up the reflection of open sky off the glass. This means birds avoid windows instead of mistaking them for the sky and trying to fly through them. They are perfect for highrises here in the Austin area and affordable for even small businesses. They save the lives of countless birds and save business owners money on clean up and repairs when bird strikes occur.
For more information on bird deterrent films for your Austin commercial space of home, contact us at Austin Window Tinting today!