You’re not happy with the windows that are currently in your house. Anyone in your densely-populated neighborhood can look through your windows at any time and see what’s going on inside your house. The only way that you can get any indoor privacy is by putting up curtains or blinds. Although curtains and blinds might give you the privacy that you need, they also block out any light that might otherwise come through, requiring you to use more electricity in order to get the indoor lighting that you need. You have decided that you are going to resolve this issue by replacing your clear windows with frosted glass windows. Frosted glass still allows natural light to come in through the windows, while keeping people from seeing inside your home 24 hours a day. However, there is another alternative that makes a lot more sense in your situation. It’s called frosted window film. In this article, I will discuss several reasons why frosted window film makes more sense than frosted glass windows.
Get The Same Visual Benefit At A Much Lower Cost
Frosted window film is simply an adhesive or static cling vinyl or polyester film that goes onto your windows, giving them the appearance of frosted glass windows. Some of these films even contain fine glass particles. This film gives your windows the same visual effect that frosted glass windows provide when it comes to privacy and transmission of natural light. However, where frosted glass windows can cost thousands of dollars apiece, you can cover your windows with frosted window film for under $20 per sheet in most cases. So, if you need to save money, then frosted window film can give you the indoor privacy that you desire at a much lower cost.
Frosted Window Film Is Easier To Clean And Install
When it comes to installation, glass windows are much more difficult to install, usually requiring a professional to do it for you, and that’s not cheap. Hiring a professional to install frosted glass windows would add significantly to the ridiculous amount of money that you already have tied up in the windows. And, if you do decide to take this on by yourself, I hope that you’re extremely careful that you don’t drop your new windows. Frosted window film, on the other hand, is a lot easier to install, even if you’ve never done it before. You can do it all by yourself, without the need of a professional. You might have some difficulty starting out, with air bubbles, but with a little bit of practice, you should be able to get the technique down. Most manufacturers supply a set of installation instructions with the film. If you don’t have installation instructions, then you can find a general procedure at this link. It should also be mentioned that no expensive tools are required in the installation of frosted privacy window film, other than a squeegee to help you flatten out the film as you apply it to the window, and the manufacturer often supplies that with the film.
Frosted glass windows have often been found to be difficult to clean. On the other hand, frosted window film is much easier to clean, as you can clean it with either soapy water and a soft cloth, or with an abrasive-free and ammonia-free glass cleaning solution. When you dry the film, just be careful not to apply too much pressure to the film because you don’t want to scratch it.
Frosted Glass Windows Cannot Be Altered
Once you have frosted glass windows installed, you are stuck with whatever design is on them. You can’t alter them. If you get tired of the way that the windows look, then that’s just too bad, unless you want to spend even more money to have the windows replaced again. However, if you’re using frosted window film instead, then you have the option of changing it whenever you want. All that you have to do is to peel it off, and put on whatever you prefer. There are literally an infinite number of designs from which to choose. I used to have frosted window film on the windows of my place of business. The film was made with my business logo on it. However, I needed to change my logo, so I simply took off the old film and put up new film that had my new logo on it. With frosted glass windows, I would have never had this option.
Frosted Glass Windows Will Break
Another obvious consideration is that frosted glass windows will break. Of course, any regular windows on which you install frosted window film will break too, but the window film can impart a certain degree of shatter resistance to your existing windows that will keep flying shards of glass from potentially injuring someone in your home. You don’t have this protection when you’re using just frosted glass windows.
Get Better Protection From Ultraviolet Radiation With Frosted Window Film
If you have any interior items, like furniture and drapes, that are kept in close proximity to your windows, then you should check to see if there is any color fading. This fading results from the exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, as the sunlight passes through your windows during the day. Most frosted glass windows will not give you any protection from this kind of radiation. If they do, then it’s probably not as much as the protection that you can get with frosted window films. This is because most frosted window films are designed to block out 99% of all ultraviolet radiation, protecting your interior items from color fading.
Get Better Insulation With Frosted Window Film
Frosted window film might also be able to give you better insulation than frosted glass windows. This is because some types of frosted window film are designed to keep heat from passing through it. This means that it can help you keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, while not overtaxing your heating and air conditioning units, saving you money on your energy bills and reducing your carbon footprint. Frosted glass windows, unless they are made of smart glass, will not give you this benefit.
Cost savings, ease of cleaning and installation, design flexibility, added shatter resistance, and the possible improvement of the insulation in your home are all reasons why frosted window film should make more sense for your particular situation than frosted glass windows.
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