Window film was once primarily used for tinting windows of cars and trucks in the automotive industry. It also had a long track record of use in commercial settings, where it has been used to enhance security and privacy. Now, window film has found its way into homes, offering multiple uses, ranging from privacy to greater energy efficiency, and more. Read more about window film, how it works, and its many uses and benefits, below.
How Does Window Film Work?
Window film is a self-adhesive polyester film that is applied to glass surfaces. Its main purpose is to serve as sunscreen or a shield to harmful UV rays and to regulate the levels of heat and light that pass through a window at any given time of the day. Window film can be the solution to a variety of different problems in your home by minimizing fading, glare, UV damage, and heat to your furnishings, carpets, artwork, and other valuable pieces in your home. Window film is also essential for extra privacy from the outside, concealing you from nosy neighbors and passers by
Types of Window Film
Because there are several different types of window film available, the functionality between the types differs. Once you understand your specific needs, it will be easy to choose which window film will work best for you, from the following options:
Glare-Control Window Film
This type of window film helps to prevent computer screen and television washout. It can also provide protection from harmful UV rays, which in turn will protect your floors, furnishings and window treatments from fading. There are also some glare-control window films that can help keep your home cooler. They do so by reducing the solar energy that enters through the windows. If you have single-pane windows, glare-control window films are applied to the inside of the window. If you have dual-pane windows, they are applied to the outside of the window.
Heat-Control Window Film
These window films can keep your home more comfortable by controlling the overall temperature. This, in turn, can help to reduce your energy costs. Heat-control window films work by reflecting the heat of the sun, which keeps your home cooler. It also means that you do not have to run your air conditioner quite as often, helping to reduce your energy bill. Heat-control window films will also reduce any fade damage to the floors, window treatments, and furniture in your home. They do so by blocking up to 99% of UV rays. They may also help to reduce the loss of heat through the windows during the winter months.
Decorative Window Film
Decorative films come in several different colors and patterns. With these films, you can dress up any room while still allowing natural light to enter your home. You can also get a good deal of privacy with these, both in the daytime and at night.
Privacy-Control Window Film
Privacy-control window films help to create better privacy as well as protection from harmful UV rays. These window films are frosted which gives them a translucent property. Light can still pass through but you get better privacy. You can also opt for mirrored films which will give you great privacy during daytime hours. The mirrored films give you a clear view if looking out the window from the inside but no one can see in during daylight. There are also black films available, which give you privacy during the daytime and reduce the level of light that is allowed into the room. In addition to these features, privacy-control window films can also help to reduce the fading of window treatments, floor, and furniture in your home. They do so by blocking UV rays. In addition, if you opt for black or mirrored films, you get the added benefit of reducing the level of solar energy coming into your home.
The Benefits of Window Films
There are several different benefits to using window films. While some benefits are universal, many depend on the type of window films you choose. First, you can limit the heat entering your home. You can also help prevent precious heat from escaping during the cooler months. Overall, you are able to be more energy-efficient the whole year through. You will find that you can get a great deal of privacy by using window films. If this is your primary reason for choosing window films, you can even opt for the mirrored or black films, both of which really prevent anyone from getting a good view of you while you are in your home. Finally, if you choose decorative films, you can add dimension to your home or room. You can think of them as an accessory the benefit of preventing fading of your furnishings.
Contact Atlantic Sun Control For More Information
If you are interested in learning more about window film, or you are looking to purchase window films for your home, reach out to Atlantic Sun Control. They have window film options for every possible need, including privacy, security, glare, and heat-control.