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The Pros and Cons of 4 Types of Window Privacy Films

The Pros and Cons of 4 Types of Window Privacy Films

Window film comes with various options and features. Not all film is alike so be sure to weigh the pros and cons of window privacy films.

Residential and commercial window film comes with various options and features. Since not all film is alike, it’s vital to prioritize what you want the most out of window film and continue to work from there. If privacy is your top consideration, you’ll be happy to know that you have a few options for window privacy films. We want you always to make an informed decision. Therefore, we present you with the pros and cons of four types of window privacy films.

What to Know About Solar Window Films  

Solar window films, also known as sun control films, are the most popular choice. If privacy is your top consideration, you should choose a dark window film. An example is one with 15% visible light transmission (VLT). VLT is how much light reaches your eyes through the lens

Choosing a solar window film with a dark VLT makes it more challenging for people to see inside a home or business. One of the pros of solar window films is that natural light will still enter a room. Darker window films also reject heat, up to 80% of it. It also provides UV (ultraviolet) light protection. 

One con to pay attention to is that solar window film might not be your ideal option if you don’t like shiny, mirror-like appearances on your exterior windows. Darker privacy film has higher exterior reflectivity. Also, buildings with bright lights can make a room more visible at night. It would be best if you kept the lights off at night for any room that has tinted glass. 

What to Consider Regarding One-Way Films

You might have seen a privacy mirror or one-way film in popularized TV shows and movies in a scene where a witness views a lineup in an adjoining room. The rooms, divided by a wall with a window, are mirrored with a film. For the one-way film to work accurately, the viewing room must be dark or have minimal light. 

A one-way film or privacy mirror is excellent for offices and industrial settings for obscuring rooms from view. However, this film type isn’t the best option for glass on a home or building’s exterior wall. The high reflectivity rate of a mirrored film can cause increased heat absorption, putting stress on the glass. 

What You Should Know About Blackout, Whiteout, and Translucent Frosted Films

These films are the ultimate option for privacy. One application for these films includes creating privacy to obscure the objects or people in a room. This frosted option is popular for bathrooms. These films create complete privacy while allowing natural light to enter a room. The only con to these types of films is that it’s not an ideal option if you still want to see outside views because they completely block them. 

Facts About Decorative Window Films

Decorative window films are customizable for home or business owners. However, you don’t have to replace the glass to get a stained or etched appearance. To reach your desired privacy level, you have hundreds of designs, colors, and patterns to select. 

The advantages are that you can create a unique design to enhance your home or business. You should ensure that you have it within the budget because decorative window films are the more expensive. Additionally, particular colors can obscure your view. 

Contact American Solar Tinting today so we can help you select the most suitable window privacy films for your home or business. 

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