Window films can create instant privacy
No one likes that feeling of been watched unless you’re a TV star or you might need to hide valuables from prying eye but the traditional ways by means of a blind or curtain often means you have to loose your view and a lot of or all your natural light.
Hanging material at your windows during the day can all make properties look unwelcoming, untidy and run down and when burglars are casing an area they can often see a pattern when your at home (blind up) and when you’re out (blind down). The uniform appearance of a filmed property makes it look the same all the time as well a looking smarter adding kerb appeal and value.
We have numerous products to choose from which are growing in number all the time and depending on your needs we have things to hand such as tinted reflective films, screen blinds, and/or perforated vinyl graphics materials for one way privacy, etched film or vinyls or total privacy. Switchable window film for controllable total privacy as seen on Grand Designs, directional films where you can only see out clearly looking straight ahead but not left or right or just right or just left or turn it 90º and you can deal with vertical privacy which can be useful for planning and over looking windows.
This image is before window films were installed showing the customer looking though the vane of the vertical blinds as there means of creating privacy.
Now with the medium silver the neighbours aren’t being shocked every time the owner gets changed and forgets to close the curtains . A lighter winter heat retaining silver was installed on the ground floor windows for better winter heat retention as well as privacy.
Films fitted: This customer had just moved into this bungalow and wanted privacy films fitting because they had had films fitted at there last home and knew it was the 21st century way of getting privacy while making the property look smart.
Films Fitted: this is the view out after window film is fitted. All the current neighbours are using vertical blinds for privacy but they won’t have a clear view out like window film customers or the protection from heat, winter heat loss and furniture damage which the film also offers.
There are two types of privacy film:
- One Way (day light hours only)
- Total privacy (day and night)
One Way Privacy
Examples: Conservatories, houses, office windows, security posts
A tinted privacy film will allow more natural light into a room than a material blind or curtain but gives uninterrupted views out whist stopping prying or unwelcome eyes the ability to see the interior of your building. The way the window film works is to create a light difference between the two sides of the glazing and make the glazing more reflective so the outside is reflected onto the window so you are unable to see past the reflections to see inside. However this only works during daylight hours when its brighter outside than in so if you will still need a traditional blind or curtain for night time privacy I’m afraid its physics and applies to privacy glass too not just a retro fitted film. Sometimes this can be cheated by the use of clever outside lighting to make the foreground just in front of the windows brighter than the internal lighting creating the reflections on the exterior surface of the windows.
The gold fish bowel effect of sitting in a conservatory forces people to install blinds at the windows for privacy but then it defeats the entire purpose of the room which is a connection to the outside whilst being sheltered from the elements. Using a window film means you can still see your garden without the feeling of being over looked.
Without window films fitted you are able to see right into the conservatory. This show the roof being fitted with films before moving onto the windows. This customer also wanted to reduce the over heating and fading caused by the sun as well as adding daytime privacy they were using blinds but they were removed in favour of film.
Now with film installed to the windows it is very difficult to be seen inside the space but you are able to view the flower filled garden.
Examples: Toilet, changing room, warehouse, store room windows
If total privacy is required a frosted or opaque film is required but you do loose your view out as well but not necessarily the natural light. For example, a change of use say a dining room was to become a wet room for an elderly relative the clear glass can be frosted to create total privacy under all lighting conditions day or night whilst it still allowing maximum light in so a light isn’t required during the day and the existing window system can be utilised saving the cost of either a new window or glass and no patching up is required after new frames have been installed.
Internal door before any window film was fitted at this scunthorpe house
This customer like this door because it let light in but it was unavailable in frosted glass and they required privacy so a white frost window film was the answer
Scunthorpe house fitted with white sand blast looking frosted window films to give privacy
The white frost film gives a sand blast look which is timeless as pattern designs change over time and can look out dated. It has created the privacy required and still allows light to reach the hallway behind.