Window films are no longer used only for tinting glass. Today’s decorative films can instantly transform the look of your windows, while maintaining many of the same advantages. If you want more than just enhanced privacy and energy savings, here are a few things you should know about decorative window film.
What is Decorative Window Film?
Decorative window film is a type of covering for glass with an added twist-a unique design. Rather than being solid gray, decorative window film may be any one of a number of different colors. It may also contain a design that causes it to appear frosted, etched, or similar to stained glass. Some will even contain images that allow you to virtually transform your windows into a mural or work of art. Decorative window film is made from the same type of material and is also applied in the same manner.
Advantages of Decorative Film
Traditional and decorative window film both have similar advantages in that they reduce glare, save energy, and enhance privacy. However, decorative film does have some advantages that traditional coatings do not such as:
- Improved design: With decorative film, your windows no longer have to be dull and boring, as you can easily transform them into the focal point of any room.
- Expensive look for less: Etched and stained glass windows are expensive, but you can achieve the same look for a fraction of the cost simply by covering your glass with decorative film.
- Greater privacy: Tinted windows are difficult but not impossible to see through. Many decorative coatings on the other hand allow people on the inside to see out, but completely shield those on the outside from looking in.
- Match any décor: Decorative window film comes in a variety of patterns, and can easily be switched up whenever you change your decorating scheme. No longer are you stuck with solid gray windows.
Where to Use
This type of window film is suitable for a number of residential and commercial applications. Some areas where people traditionally use decorative film are on:
- Interior windows such as those surrounding offices or over top of cubicle walls
- Windows at the top of an exterior or garage door
- Sunrooms or glassed-in porches
- Patio doors
- Shower enclosures
In addition to these areas, decorative coverings may actually be used in many of the same areas as traditional window film. An exception is automobile windows, which are strictly regulated by state and local laws. Decorative window film has been successfully used in storefronts, car dealerships, fitness centers, beauty shops, and other similar locations. This product draws attention in a way that isn’t possible with traditional film, and will help you stand out from among your competition. It is also an excellent choice if you would like to add curb appeal to your home.
If you have been considering tinted windows, but felt as though solid, dark glass was not right for you, decorative film could be just what you are looking for. With so many choices available, the hardest part will likely be deciding which design you prefer the best.