Tips To Select the Best Privacy Window Film For Your Home
But with so many different types of privacy window films to choose from, you need to understand the differences between them. Read on to learn about the three main types of privacy window film and how to choose the best option for you.
Privacy Window Film
Privacy window film is a one-way film that does what the name implies: you can look through one side of the glass but not the other. Specially designed to enhance privacy and block out sunlight, this popular film type has a range of uses in both the home and office environment. Any time you want people to look out but not in, one-way film is your best bet.
- Pros: The one-way feature is perfect for office buildings when you want to hide a sensitive area room from view. Much like solar film, one-way film is also great at reflecting the UV rays.
- Cons: Some one-way glass film looks exactly like a mirror, which some consumers won’t want.
Solar Window Film
Solar window films, also known as sun control window films or tinted windows, is specially designed to block out the sun’s harmful UV rays. In addition, the darker varieties of solar window film also make it almost impossible for people to peer in from the outside. To achieve optimal privacy with solar window film, aim for a variant with 15% or less visible light transmission (V.L.T.).
- Pros: Solar film insulates your home against intense heat—a perfect solution for those sweltering Aussie summers. Most solar films have up to 99% UV protection, so you don’t need to worry about getting sunburnt or having your furniture fade over time.
- Cons: Some of the darker variants of solar films (required to achieve optimal solar rejection) have highly reflective surfaces that look almost like a mirror, which isn’t an ideal aesthetic for some consumers. Solar window film also doesn’t provide complete privacy at night because a light source will partially illuminate the room from behind the glass.
Decorative Window Film
Decorative window film allows you to create a customised pattern with a degree of opacity to provide privacy. There is an extensive range of designs you can choose from; select a design you like, and your installer will apply it to the film. From swirls to checkers and brash company logos, the only limit here is your imagination. A common type of decorative film is frosted film, which is often applied on shower doors to keep the bather out of view.
- Pros: Decorative windows offer a fully customisable aesthetic, which is perfect for corporate clients and marketing purposes. Frosted film provides near 100% privacy while still letting light flow in.
- Cons: The film is typically more expensive than other types, especially when applying a grand custom design.
Should you need security and privacy at the same time, some can be fitted with safety glass film or security film as well. To discuss the optimal option for you, get in touch with the professional team at Cleargard Melbourne!