At Guardian Window Films we provide a wide range of different window films, all of which hold their own benefits. To provide you with an insight into why window film investment is worthwhile, either at home or commercially, we have outlined some of the key benefits of eight different types of window film. From protecting your furniture to saving you money on your energy bills window films have a great potential to be a quality investment. Let’s take a look at some of the different types of window films and how they could help you.
1. Safety & Security Window Film
Safety window film is commonly used to render unsafe glass in buildings to be compliant with health and safety regulations. Often this is used in public buildings such as schools or offices that have older windows that require strengthening in order to protect against damage. Safety window films come in a range of thickness starting from about 4mm.
The objective of safety window film is to protect people from shards of glass in the event a window is broken by holding it together should the window be damaged. The thickest type of security window film, at around 8-10mm, is anti-blast window film which is designed to save lives in the event of explosion by absorbing some of the blast and stopping glass shattering and causing further harm.
2. Privacy & Frosted Window Film
Privacy window film does what it says on the tin – gives you privacy from anyone trying to have a sneak peek through your window. One version of privacy window film is frosted window film which mimics the look of a frosted window, commonly used in household bathrooms. These types of films will distort the view through the window while still allowing light to enter the room. Commercially these types of films are often used for meeting rooms or personal offices to provide some privacy from onlookers in the workplace.
3. Decorative Window Film
If you’re looking to add some style to your windows or to incorporate them into your overall theme, decorative window film is perfect. These types of window film are great in the home as another element of decoration in any room.
With so many different stencil designs, colours and patterns available, decorative window film can be incorporated into almost any room in the home. In the workplace, different colours can be used to segment departments in an office for example. Alternatively, they can be used to give certain departments or meeting rooms a theme and give your workplace that extra wow factor when entertaining clients.
4. Digital Window Film
This technology has made huge improvements in recent years and can now offer a host of different possibilities. Digital window film can now do amazing things that have raised the game when it comes to utilising windows for branding purposes. For example, you can now have digital window film that can depict brand or other related images with the choice to display those images on both or just one side of the window.
Digital window film can give your workplace that extra dimension that will catch the eye of visitors. But, this type of film is not limited to just commercial use it can also be applied in the home. How you wish to use it in the home is up to you.
5. Anti-Glare Window Film
When you have to look at a screen for the majority of a day you will no doubt have to contend with glare should the sun rear its head. Anti-glare window film is designed to reflect the sun’s rays while still allowing the light to enter the room. This even distribution of the sun’s rays prevents it from hitting screens, making them viewable all day and reduces the long term damage to eyes that regular glare can cause.
6. Insulation Window Film
This type of window film is commonly used to reduce energy costs by keeping heat from escaping through windows. Insulation window film can regulate the temperature in a room by reflecting solar heat while still allowing light to penetrate the window.
Solar control window film works in a similar way by keeping heat out, but also by preventing it from escaping. By doing this it can save on energy costs all year. We estimate a payback period from an investment in insulation window film of around 3 years and will continue to provide savings for up to 12 years. This makes insulation window film a wise investment both commercially and at home.
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Anti-graffiti window film is one of the most commonly adopted solutions for dealing with vandalism to shop fronts, hotel entrances and other commercial buildings at risk. Due to its flexibility, it can be applied to most surfaces and can be removed just as easily making it the most cost-effective way to handle vandalism.
The cost to clean a window that has been graffitied or to replace it can be extortionate and will soon add up if this becomes a regular issue. However, with anti-vandal window film it can be replaced quickly and for a fraction of the price of alternatives.
8. UV Window Film
Similar to previous window films mentioned above, UV window film is designed to block UV rays from penetrating windows. However, this type of film aims to protect what is inside rather than to moderate the temperature inside.
UV window films are ideal for reducing the fading and damage to furniture, paint, carpets, wallpaper and paintings to name just a few things that can be damaged if exposed to excessive UV rays. Whether in a commercial environment or at home, UV window film can be applied to protect the contents of a room for years to come.
Now that you know about these different types of window film and their potential applications, perhaps you have an idea of how you could use it in your home or workplace. Get in touch with us today to discuss how window film could benefit you.