Privacy window film offers a wide variety of benefits to those who use it. Some of these benefits may surprise you. In this article, I will discuss some of the many benefits that you can get from privacy window film, along with some of the potential disadvantages that are commonly associated with the film. I will then discuss a few of the leading suppliers of privacy window film in the event that you decide to get some of your own.
Benefits Of Using Privacy Window Film
Enhanced Indoor Privacy
The most obvious benefit of using privacy window film is enhanced indoor privacy. If you live in an area where there are a lot of people, you may find that it can be difficult to maintain a certain measure of privacy within your home, with people constantly looking through your windows. With residential privacy window film, you can put an end to that. Most of this film is designed to allow visible light to come through your windows, while still keeping people on the outside from seeing inside. In addition to that, this film can even protect your property from would-be criminals who might break into your home if they are able to look through your windows and see anything that might be worth stealing. In my neighborhood, crime is on the rise, and I’m glad that I have privacy window film on my windows.
Decorate Your Home With Privacy Film For Windows
Privacy film for windows comes in a wide variety of colors, with the option of having numerous designs on it. This feature allows you to maintain your privacy while improving the look and feel of your home at the same time. When it comes to decorative window film, stained glass privacy window film is a very popular option, as it gives your windows the appearance of stained glass windows at just a fraction of the cost. You can get it with designs that depict everything from religious themes to marine life. The possibilities are endless. I prefer stained glass window film with geometric designs.
Better Home Insulation
Many window films are made with heat rejection and heat retention capabilities that keep heat from passing through your windows. This helps to keep heat from coming into your home during the summer, and going out of your home during the winter. This benefit helps you get more life out of your heat pump and air conditioning unit, and keeps your energy bills down. If you are really interested in this benefit, then you need to make sure that your film is designed to provide it, as no two window films are the same.
Glare Reduction And Protection From Ultraviolet Radiation
Have you ever tried to watch the game on television and can’t because of that annoying sun glare that reflects off of the screen? As a sports fan, I can certainly attest to this. Most privacy window films are designed to block out sun glare, so that you can watch your game or work at your computer uninterrupted by the annoying effects of glare. Ever since I installed my privacy window film, glare has not been an issue for me.
If you’re having problems with your drapes fading in color, it may be due to prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Anything that is kept within close proximity of the windows can be damaged by ultraviolet radiation. However, there is something that you can do about it. Most privacy window films are designed to reject virtually all ultraviolet radiation so that none of it comes through the windows. For the small cost of a sheet of film, you can save your drapes, furniture, carpet, and other interior items from being damaged.
Potential Pitfalls Of Using Privacy Window Film
While it is true that there are many benefits that come with the use of residential privacy window film, there are quite a few things that could be a problem. You should keep these items in mind before you make any purchases.
Removal Can Be Difficult
Some privacy window films are applied to the windows by way of double stick tape on the window frames. When the film needs to be replaced or when other work on the windows need to be done, this tape can be very difficult to remove. There are some very powerful solvents on the market that might be able to remove it, but they may strip off any paint that you have in the affected areas. You can avoid this problem by using static cling privacy window film, which does not use an adhesive in order to stay on the window. Rather, it uses the power of static electricity to remain in place. This makes the film much easier to install and remove. I installed my static cling privacy window film on several windows in under an hour. Some privacy window films, such as decorative privacy window film or frosted privacy window film, can be difficult to remove when it needs to be replaced. This is especially true in the summertime on windows that face the sun during the day.
Some Window Privacy Films Can Discolor Over Time
In some instances, the privacy window film may show some scratching that would not be present if there was no film involved. Over time, some types of privacy window film, such as static cling privacy window film, can have a cloudy appearance. It may also turn yellow and become unsightly due to long-term exposure to sunlight and accompanying ultraviolet radiation. As long as you change the film every so often, this shouldn’t be a problem for you.
Problems During Installation
If you are not careful during installation of the privacy window film, you may have a significant amount of air bubbles that crop up in between the film and the window surface. This could keep the film from adhering to the window and compromise its performance. If you have never installed privacy window film before, it’s best to buy a little extra and practice with it until you get the technique down. I had to do this when I installed window film for the first time. It costs a bit to buy more film, but it was money well spent.
Thermal Compatibility Issues
If the privacy window film isn’t compatible with the glass, thermal stresses may develop and eventually cause cracks to appear in the window. This doesn’t happen very often, but there is a small risk and you need to be aware of it before you install any privacy window film onto your windows.
Beware Of Mirrored Privacy Window Film
Many privacy window films on the market, especially one way mirrored window film, keep people from seeing in your house during the day, but at night, they can see inside if you have your interior lights on due to the reversing effects of the film. If you need to maintain your home privacy at night, you should buy a set of blinds.
Not All Window Films Provide The Same Benefits
The most important thing to remember when buying privacy window film is that no two privacy window films are the same. There are many different colors and designs. Some are designed to retain heat. Some are designed to reject it, and some are designed to do both. You need to make sure that you have the right type.
From reviewing the problems listed above, and taking proper steps to understand how to overcome them or work around them can go a long way in making the installation of privacy window film successful and something that you will be glad you did.
Places Where You Can Buy Privacy Window Film
If you have made the decision to buy some privacy window film of your own after reading this article, then you will want to know where you can go to get it. Don’t go anywhere, as I am about to provide a list of a few suppliers of window film privacy.
3M – You may know this company more for its Scotch tape and Post-It notes, but they produce a wide variety of items that include traffic safety systems, composite materials, and yes, privacy window film. They have a pretty decent selection from which to choose, and their items are all backed by their solid reputation. You can order online from them at their website at www.shop3m.com.
WindowFilmWorld.com – These guys are a specialty online retailer of window films. When it comes to privacy window films, you name it, they have it. They sell everything from privacy window film to embossed window film to stained glass window film with a wide variety of available colors and designs. You can order directly from their website.
Gila Films – These folks manufacture and sell numerous types of window film through a network of distributors. They do privacy window film, automotive window tints, blackout privacy window film, and energy saving window films, just to name a few. Visit them online to find a distributor at www.gilafilms.com.
TAP Plastics – This company produces and sells a wide variety of plastic products. While they specialize in fiberglass resins and fabrics, they also sell privacy window films, frosted window film, solar control window film, and automotive window tinting. You can visit them online at www.tapplastics.com.
Lowe’s Or Home Depot – If you can’t wait for your film to be shipped to you, then you may want to visit your local hardware store or home improvement chain. I like these places, as they often have employees who are very knowledgeable about a wide variety of home improvement items, and they can help you select the right type of window film for you, and may even offer advice on how to install it.
After reading this article, you should now be able to make a much better-informed decision regarding whether privacy window film is right for you.