Shopping for new window treatments during remodelling or room makeovers is fun, yet it can take time to make a decision. In the past, you might have chosen fabric drapes and a type of blind or shade to cover the window. This time you are considering something different because you want more light, yet also some privacy. Thankfully, there are new options for windows that could meet your needs.
Home improvement gurus praise the addition of window films to the lineup of window treatments. Films are budget-friendly and they have a variety of features that not only save money but can also add beauty to your home or office.
Window Films for Internal Windows
There are two main types of films for windows: adhesive and non-adhesive. Self adhesive film has a polyester base fused with self-adhesive backing. Applied directly to clean windows, they stick permanently to the glass. Non-adhesive film is known as cling and sticks to the window with static electricity. Unlike adhesive films, cling is reusable and does not affect the glass upon removal.
All films are composed of a polymer base with added chemicals to reduce heat and UV rays. Most manufacturers choose Polyethylene Terephthalate or PET to make layers for the film’s base material; however, some PVC-type films are available. Durable fabric window films are tightly woven with polyester threads. After bases are completed, dyes, metals or pigments can be added to the PET base for tinting.
The tinting process gives window film its beneficial properties such as UV protection, privacy, and light filtering. When a special adhesive is applied, the film becomes a protective, shatter-proof barrier for windows.
Window Film Applications
There are three primary functions for window film: safety and security, decoration and solar control. Although window film can be used in different applications, it retains its light-filtering and energy-saving features.
Safety and Security
In addition to decorative and solar control benefits, window films also can provide protection from broken glass. When an adhesive-backed film is applied to windows, it holds the glass in place. Special types such as shatter-resistant film prevent the glass from flying in the air. This security feature can help protect your family against injuries from natural disasters, break-ins, or other dangerous events.
Consider all interior windows as possible candidates for decorative window film. Even an odd-shaped window in an aging bathroom can be rehabbed with stylish, custom-cut window film. Choose from frosted glass or delicate printed patterns. Some specialty films are designed to look like etched glass. If you admire stained glass, you can find a window film that is a very convincing alternative. In addition to the aesthetic enhancements, decorative window films also give you some privacy and energy savings.
If your primary concern is blocking or filtering sunlight, window films offer solutions. For example, if you have a larger window in an office or living room that bears the brunt of the morning sun, you can get window film that blocks 99 % of UV rays, reflects heat, and reduces glare. As a result of the film’s sun protection, carpet and furniture fading is also reduced. Your rooms will be cooler and more comfortable, so you can expect energy savings on your next utility bill.
Fabric Versus Polymer-Coated Window Films
Fabric window film is considered a long-lasting, high-end alternative to polymer-coated films used primarily for frosted windows and other decorative applications. In addition to solar protection and energy-saving benefits, fabric film is anti-bacterial, easy to clean and moisture-resistant. Some customers might prefer the textured look and soft feeling of fabric film for living room or family windows rather than the plastic finish of other polymer film options. Polyester fabric is printable and can be customised with any digital design.
While fabric window film comes in a variety of colours, it may not have the decorative options that polymer-coated films offer. Fabric is translucent and does add privacy; however, polymer films have a range of opacity options including clear, translucent and blackout. One-way mirror film, also polymer-coated, allows complete privacy from the outside of a home or building while maintaining a clear view from the inside.
Choosing a Product
Before the search, decide which window film features are most important to you and also decide on a budget. Once you have determined your preferences, you should be able to find an affordable, product that is energy-saving, protective and compliments your décor.