After reviewing the benefits of privacy window film elsewhere on this website, you have decided that you would like to know more about it, and possibly buy some of your own. In this article, I will discuss how you can determine what kind of window privacy film is best for you, how you can get good deals on it, and how to clean your window film after you’ve had it installed for a while.
So, Why Are You Buying Window Privacy Film?
The answer to this question may seem obvious, but there are other reasons why you might want to buy some window privacy film for your home or office. This is because many of the window films that are on the market today offer benefits that go way beyond just keeping people on the outside of your home from seeing inside. These benefits include protecting curtains and other interior items from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, heat rejection and heat retention capabilities that keep heat from traveling through your windows, glare reduction, room darkening, and decoration. If any of these benefits are important to you, then you need to select a window film that is going to give you those benefits, as no two window films are the same. So, when selecting a window film, deciding what benefits are the most important to you is the first step in the process.
Types Of Window Privacy Film
There are several different types of window privacy film that you can use on your home or in your office. Each type has its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages. Frosted window film gives your windows the appearance of frosted glass at just a fraction of the price. This type of film can give you 24-hour privacy, along with many of the other benefits discussed above. For this reason, it is also used on shower enclosures, often giving it the nickname of bathroom window privacy film. Frosted window privacy film is used quite often in decorative applications where the film may show neat designs like etched leaf patterns and floral designs. Perhaps, the main drawback to using this film is that while it keeps people on the outside from seeing inside, it also keeps you from seeing outside. The film comes in varying degrees of frost by which you can control how well you can see outside, but remember that that works the same way on the outside too.
Stained glass window film is another widely used form of decorative window film privacy. You can get stained glass window film in a wide variety of colors, with an infinite number of designs. One of the places where stained glass is most common is at the local church, where the multi-colored windows add color to any light that comes through. This film has the same effect on your windows without you having to buy expensive stained glass windows. The different colors and designs on the film can make it very difficult for someone on the outside of your home who is trying to see inside.
One way window privacy film, also known as mirrored window privacy film, gives you a clear view of the outside during the day, while those on the outside can’t see inside. On the outside, windows that are treated with one way window film look as if they are mirrors during the day. For this reason, one way film is also known as reflective window film. However, you need to keep in mind that at night, the mirroring effect reverses. If you have interior lights on at night, people on the outside will have an unobstructed view of the inside, while you can’t see anything on the outside, so if you need 24-hour privacy with this film, then you will need to get some curtains or blinds to go along with the film to give you plenty of nighttime privacy. The important thing to remember when dealing with this type of film is that it gives privacy to the side of the film that is darker.
In addition to the films that I have described above, there are also tinting films that you can buy that can provide a darkening effect to your rooms, giving you a measure of privacy. This is the same kind of film that is used in automotive window tinting applications. These films come in varying degrees of tint, so you need to decide how much tint is best for you.
Regardless of which film you use, I strongly recommend using a static cling window film, as the static cling films are much easier to install and remove. This is because the cling films rely solely on static electricity to stay on the windows. There is no messy adhesive involved. The ease of removal often gives static cling film the nickname of removable window privacy film. Also remember that any of these films that I described above can provide you with some of the benefits that I described earlier in the article. Just make sure before you buy that the film does in fact give you the benefits that you desire.
How To Get Good Deals On Window Privacy Film
By now, you may have already made the decision as to whether you will buy any residential window privacy film. If you have made the decision to buy some film, then you will need to decide where you are going to get it, and how to do it at a reasonable price. Here, I will outline some steps that you can take to help you accomplish this objective.
– The first step is deciding how soon you will need your home window privacy film. If you don’t need it right away, then you can order it online and you might get a better price for it. If you do need it right away, then you will probably be better off going to a store in your area where it is sold.
Where To Get Your Window Privacy Film Fast
– Visit your local hardware store or home improvement chain stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot. There is a good chance that they will have what you are looking for. There may also be employees who can help you purchase the right kind of window privacy film for your needs, and may give you some valuable advice that you can use during the installation of your window privacy film.
– Don’t forget to check out one-stop shops like Wal-Mart and Target, where you can get a wide variety of items from auto parts to clothing to fishing supplies all under one roof, often at prices that can’t be beaten anywhere else. This may be ideal if you need your decorative window film privacy right away, and know exactly what you need to buy.
– Talk to any friends or family members who may have recently installed one way window privacy film and ask them how they like it. They may be able to point you in the direction of a very nice deal.
– If you know anyone who works in the home improvement industry, then they could be a valuable resource in helping you get what is right for you. If they are really good friends of yours, then they might even give you some extra window privacy film that they have, and give you some pointers on installing it. This is how I ended up with some frosted window film for my shower enclosure.
Shopping Online For Window Privacy Film
– If you can wait a few days for your window privacy film, then you can look up some of the leading brands of window privacy film and do some research on those brands by reading blog posts and reviews from those who have had experience with those brands. From this, you may be able to steer clear of poor quality window film.
– Check out online auction sites like eBay, where you can often get awesome deals on a wide variety of items at bargain basement prices. I’ve bought just about everything under the sun on eBay. My advice here would be to only buy from sellers who have a positive feedback rating. By doing this, I always got what I wanted without a problem on eBay.
– Visit online one-stop shops like Amazon.com and Nextag.com where you can get plenty of bargains at reasonable prices. You can get prices on Amazon that often can’t be beaten anywhere else, as most sellers on Amazon don’t carry any inventory. This helps them keep their costs down. When you order something on Amazon, the seller often just places an order with the supplier, who then ships the product directly to you. In some instances, the seller may even throw in free shipping.
– There are also many manufacturers and retailers who sell window privacy film from their websites, and may offer free shipping if your order is big enough. Such suppliers include WindowFilmWorld.com and WallpaperForWindows.com.
If you take the time to follow the steps outlined above, you should be able to procure the right kind of window privacy film at the best available price.
Keep Your Window Privacy Film Clean
Once you’ve purchased your window privacy film and installed it on your windows, you will want to keep it clean and looking at its best. Although you may be tempted to start cleaning the film right away, you need to check with the manufacturer before doing so. This is because many window privacy films require you to wait for at least 30 days before cleaning it, because most films require a certain amount of time for static electricity to build up between the film and the window. If you clean it too soon, you might pull it off of the window.
Once you’ve gotten the all-clear from the manufacturer, you will need to procure a squirt bottle that contains a light soapy water mixture, or a glass cleaning solution that is ammonia-free and abrasive-free. You will also need a soft cloth or a synthetic sponge. Using the bottle, squirt the cleaning solution onto the film and gently wipe with the cloth or sponge, removing any dirt, grease, and oil smudges that may have been left behind by someone touching the windows. Be careful not to apply too much pressure to the window when doing this, as you don’t want to scratch the film.
After doing this, you will need to dry the film with another soft cloth. Whatever you do, do not, under any circumstances, use paper towels or newspapers to dry the window, as these materials will scratch the film badly. For the same reason, don’t use too much pressure when drying the film. Also, be sure not to use the same cloth that you might have used to clean the window frame and the sill.
Now, you know a little bit more about the many different types of window privacy film available, how to select the best type for your needs, how to get the best deals on window film, and how to keep it clean once you’ve bought and installed it. So, let’s get to work!