What’s the Difference Between These 3 Types of Window Film?

Many people don’t realize there are essentially three types of window film. Each category of film provides a value for home or business owners. While there might be a window film choice that will meet your needs in all three categories, if you don’t choose wisely you might end up with a film that doesn’t meet the specific objective you are seeking.

These three types of window film or categories are based on the desired end result. Let’s start by looking at the category that receives the least attention.

Decorative Window Film

Decorative window films are a great way to entirely transform your home, office, or retail space. They can be used to help control design, privacy, sunlight, glare, and more. Plus, they’re cheaper than investing in specialty glass replacements for your windows.

Decorative window films come in various shapes and functions like frosted glass doors, walls, fixed windows, and more.  The designs can be frosted, patterns of lines, or gradient design. Frosted film is an attractive addition to glass and windows in interior design, offering both sophistication and privacy.

In commercial uses, printing on frosted film creates colorful expressions upon the semi-transparent effect. The result might be a gorgeous storefront window that looks like a million bucks.

Safety and Security Window Film

Safety and security films may be barely noticeable, but they help reduce the effects of all kinds of rough treatment such as break-ins, vandalism, accidents, and even nature’s dangerous whims. They’re designed to strengthen and help protect vulnerable windows, doors and more, preserving an attractive exterior appearance.

The range of security films available are engineered for strength, with a heavy-duty polyester that’s bonded to surfaces using strong adhesives. Once installed, safety and security film steadfastly shields against unwelcome surprises from wind projectiles or a stray baseball to the attempts of a burglar to smash and enter your home.

For both home and business owners, the largest benefit of security window film is that it helps to avoid unwanted break-ins or robberies. Security film provides your windows with an additional protective layer that makes your glass more difficult to penetrate. Plus, it is designed to withstand multiple blows and hold shattered glass together. This makes it harder for unwanted guests to gain entry to your property and discourages them from continuing their efforts at the risk of being caught.

Solar Window Film

The third type of window film is solar, also known as solar control window film. This film can save money, improve indoor comfort and protect your furniture from sun damage — but it can also cause problems. Solar films are thin plastic or polymer layers applied to your existing windows to help control light or heat. The newest solar film advancements have managed to rectify some of the old issues, but consumers should still use caution when deciding on the right film.

Solar window films were designed to control problems, mostly excess heat and fading from ultraviolet light exposure, caused by direct sunlight through home or office windows. These films are considered “retrofit” products that alter existing after-market windows and circumvent the need for new, upgraded window units. Window films provide the best return-on-investment in existing buildings here in Florida, especially high-rise buildings or homes with single-paned glass, according to the International Window Film Association. Solar films block 99% of UV light that fades furniture, and with better technologies, now do it without looking reflective or dark.

Investing in the Right Types of Window Film

Window film is a worthwhile investment for Florida homes, businesses, schools, and more. Whether you want to reduce heat and cooling costs, protect your property with impact film, add privacy and design, or prevent fading of furniture or flooring, we install a variety of high-quality window films to fit your needs.

Our window film installation services and options include:

Residential and commercial window film installation

A variety of shades, colors, and strengths of tint for decorative, security, and solar protection. Yes, you can select a film that serves all three purposes.

Total Shield Protection is your trusted source for solar rejection, impact-resistant, and privacy window film installations as well as professional window washing, pressure washing, and paver sealing.

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Home Guide to Residential and Commercial Window Film Services

This informational resource is a home guide that contains everything you need to know about window film installation services, all in one place. It is designed to enable residential and commercial property owners to make informed decisions when it comes to investing in window film.

We’ll teach you about the different types of window film, the benefits of window film installation, and also provide valuable insight on how to find superior service providers that will get the job done to your satisfaction both efficiently and affordably.

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