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6 Different Kinds of Window Film

Updated: Jan 3, 2023

The categories of window films and their benefits and uses.

Window film is a thin layer of material, typically installed by a professional on the interior or exterior of glass windows. The film is usually made of a clear polyester that is coated with a treatment of metal or other material to achieve some specialized purpose. Window film is used for many reasons, which can include heat rejection, privacy, decoration and the reinforcement of glass. It is considered a cost-effective solution to upgrade the glass with film than to replace the glass altogether.

1. Safety & Security Window Film

Glass is frequently the weakest part of a building's perimeter and a popular target for attacks, whether they are man-made or natural. Safety & Security window films were created to assist defend government buildings from bombings, and they also shield homes and businesses from break-ins, explosions, vandalism, and other threats. Security Film offers improved impact resistance of glass, along with the capacity to hold glass shards or fragments together in the event that the glass is broken.

2. Solar Control Window Film

Glass exposure to heat gain is the number one contributor to cooling loss in a building or home. Both residential and commercial buildings can benefit from the heat-rejection properties of solar window film. By lowering the amount of heat that enters a building through its windows, energy expenses for heating and cooling a structure may be reduced. Additionally, solar window film can block damaging UV rays that can fade and ruin carpeting, furniture, and other goods in a structure. Solar window film can also lessen glare, enhancing vision and making it simpler to see through windows.

3. Decorative Window Film

Decorative window film can be used to add visual interest and appeal to windows, either as a standalone feature or as a complement to other design elements. It offers an excellent way to create separation for glass walls in your office’s Conference or Meeting rooms or to add privacy to your workplace. Decorative window films come in a wide range of colors, patterns, and styles, and can even be custom-made.

4. Anti-Graffiti Window Film

Anti-graffiti film is a form of transparent, protective film that is  professionally applied to surfaces in order to deter vandalism and other forms of graffiti. It's constructed from a durable, scratch-resistant material that can withstand the majority of graffiti techniques, including spray paint and permanent markers. Graffiti can be readily removed from surfaces covered in anti-graffiti film by simply peeleng off the film, protecting the underlying surface from damage. On surfaces that are vulnerable to graffiti, such as public structures, educational institutions, and transportation vehicles, anti-graffiti film is frequently used. It is also applied to materials like marble, granite, and stainless steel that are expensive or difficult to repair. Anti-graffiti film can help to lessen the expense and nuisance of graffiti overall and can protect the appearance of a building or other surface.

5. Privacy Window Film

Bathrooms, bedrooms, and other locations where privacy is required may benefit from privacy window film, which can make it more difficult for others to look into a structure from the outside. Privacy film ranges in options, from complete black-out or white-out that blocks all visibility, to one way privacy which allows visibility in one direction. By making it more difficult for others to see inside a structure, privacy window film can also increase security and assist prevent burglaries and other kinds of break-ins. It is a flexible and affordable approach to enhance the performance and appearance of windows.

6. Resurfacing Film

Resurfacing films, often called architectural films, are flexible yet strong films that can be applied to a variety of surfaces, including doors, walls, columns, ceilings, cabinetry and more. These films are available in a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures, and can be used to mimic the look of various materials, such as wood, stone, and metal but at a fraction of the cost. It is often used in commercial and residential buildings as it requires less labor and materials than opting for real wood, metal or fabric. As a result, it’s easy and cost-effetive to update when you’re ready for a change. The films require minimal downtime to install and can be removed without damaging the surface it is applied to, making it a popular choice for temporary or rental spaces.


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