Window tinting and window film have been used on car windscreens and windows for a long time now, but applying various types of window film to the windows in Aussie homes is becoming increasingly more popular these days.
When it comes to home window film, Australia offers up a lot of options to choose from. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some different types of window film for the home and the applications you can use them for.
Window Textiles for Daytime Privacy
One of the main reasons people might choose to add a window film to some or all of the windows at home is for privacy reasons. We don’t always want to have the blinds or curtains drawn in the daytime to enable some privacy, but at the same time, occupants also don’t want people to be able to look in the windows and see everything going on inside, either.
A one-way window film is an answer.
You can get a few varieties of window film that will achieve this purpose, such as the Squid Chalk Latex or Window Textile self-adhesive film. What these window films do is provide a transparent layer so you can see out from the inside of your home, but people passing by in the street or the neighbors can’t see in.
It offers the perfect solution for daytime privacy. Note that these window films are transparent to the outside world after dark when the home is lit from the inside, so they don’t offer privacy protection at night. After dark, you’ll want to close the blinds or curtains to ensure privacy from prying eyes.
Window Film for Sun Protection
Another very common reason Australians may apply a window film is for protection against the sun. Once more, you probably don’t want to have the curtains and blinds closed all day long on a beautiful sunny day. The only problem is, without any sort of protection on the windows and just clear glass, the sun can penetrate and fade the furniture and carpets.
The sun can also cause other damage, causing wooden furniture and things like vinyl to crack and UV rays will generally just make things inside the home look older. Another thing to consider is that when you have your blinds or curtains closed during the day, the window film also protects them from harmful UV rays.
Basically, just about any type of window film will help with this. It’s more a matter of what other purposes you want your window film to serve, as to which one you’ll choose.
Window Film Helps With Insulation
One of the really great attributes about some types of window film is they help to insulate your home, particularly in summer. Any window film that reflects direct sunlight and heat will help keep the windows cool and therefore keep the interior of your home cooler.
This, in turn, helps you to save money on those electricity bills, as you won’t have to run air conditioners as cold or as often and perhaps the same with fans. When home and especially the windows, are getting baked by the hot summer sun, air conditioners can be fighting a hard battle to maintain a cool temperature within.
Improve Window Aesthetics
Window film can improve the aesthetic appeal of your home when you add reflection or textiles to your windows. However, window film is not limited to the home’s windows. It can be used in other ways as well.
For example, you can buy a frosted self-adhesive window film that you can apply to shower screens, mirrors and internal glass. This also includes glass partitions or even shop windows.
The frosted glass effect enhances privacy, much like traditional frosted glass that’s often been used for shower screens.
Frosted window film can also be utilized to create interesting patterns on windows and glass anywhere, for that extra special look.
You can also create a one way mirror by applying reflective window film to the glass.
You can buy window film from hardware stores and materials and textiles suppliers. For the best advice on what type of window film would best suit your requirements and how to apply it, be sure to first consult with an industry expert.
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