6 Types Of Window Film
If you are looking for an inexpensive and efficient way to improve your home or office, consider using window tint film, which can do everything from save on heating cooling costs to increasing privacy without blocking the light like curtains do. Read on to learn about the different types of window film and which ones are best suited to your needs.
1. Insulating Films
Films that have insulating functions can be helpful in any environment, whether it’s the sunshine of Southern California or the cold and snow of a Vermont winter. They can help cool a house and reduce heat from the sun when it’s too hot out. For example, residential window tinting in West Hollywood can cut down dramatically on air conditioning costs, while films that are meant to insulate against cold can reduce furnace costs in New York City during the winters.
2. Glare Reduction
Window films are available in a wide variety of glare reduction levels. You can find the right product to just take the edge off a window that is just a little too bright or you can choose a heavy glare reduction film to tame the intense blinding light to more tolerable levels. So whether it is just a little brighter than you would like or if you’re having a problem even being in the room during certain times of the day, window films have you covered. You can get these in a variety of light transmission percentages, depending on how much light you want coming through.
3. UV Blocking
Typical window films will be capable of blocking from 95 to 99.9% of the UV radiation. This can be virtually eliminated from penetrating your windows with window film installed. Typical glass is not capable of stopping UV Radiation from penetrating more than about 25%. UV blocking benefits you by providing health benefits and fading reduction.
4. Privacy Films
Both commercial and residential window tinting utilizes privacy film frequently. There are many types of privacy films available. Maybe you are considering a frost film to block the view but allow light in or perhaps you are considering something more like a textured glass look to completely distort the view but allow the light to come through. If you are not concerned with the light coming through and you want an even higher level of privacy then there are complete block out films available to make the glass white or black depending on your preference.
5. Decorative Films
Aside from privacy, you may choose to add your own style to a piece of glass to make a statement or add interest. Sometimes it maybe a company logo or saying, in your home maybe it is a scenery or pattern that changes ordinary glass into a work of art. The sky is the limit when it comes to decorative films. We have the ability to custom make and create anything you can dream up. So go ahead and let you imagination run wild.
6. Safety and Security
Safety and security films are available in a variety of thicknesses to meet various levels of need. Basic safety and security films typically start out at a thickness of 4 mil. These films will be capable of adding safety to help protect people from broken glass shards and to help hold the glass in the window frame in the event it gets broken. This will also make the glass harder to penetrate adding security to your home or office. In thicker levels the films can protect against bomb blasts. These heavier films are typically 8-15 mil thick and require anchoring the film to the window frame system. These films have a long proven track record of saving lives and property from extensive damage. They were developed in the early 1970’s to protect US Embassies abroad.